Sheila Nevins (born April 6, 1939) is an American television producer and head of MTV Documentary Films division of MTV Studios. Previously, Nevins was the President of HBO Documentary Films. She has produced over 1,000 documentary films for HBO and is one of the most influential people in documentary filmmaking. She has worked on productions that have been recognized with 35 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, 42 Peabody Awards, and 26 Academy Awards. Nevins has won 32 individual Primetime Emmy Awards, more than any other person. She is also a member ofthe Peabody Awards board of directors, which is presented by the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
In 1963, Nevins married a lawyer who also attended Yale. Though she wanted to pursue a theater career, her husband wanted her to be home evenings and weekends, forcing her to find a daytime job. The marriage ended in divorce.In 1972, Nevins married investment banker Sidney Koch. The pair had a home in Litchfield, Connecticut and an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. They have one son, David Koch (born 1980). She has discussed her son's struggle with Tourette syndrome and her struggle to be a working mother with a son who was ill. Nevins has said that the 2007 HBO series, Addiction, was inspired by her son's struggles with substance abuse.Nevins produced an HBO documentary about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire called Triangle: Remembering the Fire, to which she had a personal connection, which she found out about after seeing the documentary Schmatta. Nevins' great-aunt Celia Gittlin, a 17-year-old immigrant from Russia, had died in the fire.Nevins enjoys theater and is an admirer of Gloria Steinem, who she has deemed "next to my mother, the most important woman I’ve ever met."
Nevins was born to a Jewish family on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City to Stella Nevins (née Rosenberg), a chemist, and Benjamin Nevins, a Russian immigrant post office worker who was also a bookie. Nevins' family was very poor and her mother suffered from an acute form of Raynaud's disease, which resulted in amputations of her limbs, and scleroderma. Nevins has a younger sister (born 1946) who is a doctor.Due to the generosity of her uncle, who was a wealthy inventor, Nevins attended private schools growing up. Nevins attended Little Red School House and the High School of Performing Arts in New York City.She received a BA in English from Barnard College in 1960. In 1963 she received an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama, where she was one of two women in the directing program.
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A Life Too Short
Qandeel Baloch pushed boundaries in conservative Pakistan. Qandeel exposed a well-known Muslim cleric in 2016 with tragic results.
Going to Pot: The High and Low of It
Exploring the rapidly growing marijuana industry through an irreverent approach.
The story of the Sanford family, whose struggles with addiction and gun violence eventually lead to a journey of love, loss, and acceptance, is told using two decades of intimate home video.
My Father the Mover
Alatha's father is called a Mover. The Mover helps kids in Khayelitsha township to overcome their hardship by using African dance moves. He has helped many kids, but he still has trouble getting his o...
American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself
The United States of America is facing a number of challenges, including a presidential election and a financial collapse.
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Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America
A look at the different ways Americans are choosing to celebrate life as it comes to an end.
Gay Chorus Deep South
The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus embarked on a tour of the American Deep South in response to a wave of anti-LGBTQ laws.
St. Louis Superman
Bruce Franks Jr. is a 34-year-old battle rapper, Ferguson activist and state representative from St. Louis, Missouri. Known as Superman to his constituents, he is a political figure the likes of which...
Liberty: Mother of Exiles
A look at the history of the Statue of Liberty and the meaning of sculptor Auguste Bartholdi's creation to people around the world.
I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
What really happened behind closed doors?
Finding the Way Home
J.K looked at the distressing circumstances for millions of children living in orphanages and other institutions around the world. They can be placed in foster homes or with family members.
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The Emperor's Newest Clothes
Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale gets a colorful, music-filled makeover. Filled with animation, musical numbers and valuable lessons, this enchanting twist on a beloved tale chronicles the story...
Outside the Bubble: On the Road with Alexandra Pelosi
Intent on escaping her coastal bubble,Alexandra Pelosi sets out on a cross-country trip to engage in conversations with fellow Americans in an effort to gain an understanding of other perspectives.
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
A lifetime of personal journals, private letters and home audio and video footage are included in the story of legendary comedian Garry Shandling.
A Dangerous Son
Three families are dealing with a child affected by a serious emotional or mental illness. The families struggle with living with a child's condition.
After a partial hip replacement operation leaves his mother in a coma with permanent brain damage, what starts as a son's video diary becomes a citizen's investigation into the future of American heal...
RX: Early Detection - A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee
A woman’s life becomes dramatically altered when her routine medical check-up delivers a cancer diagnosis.
The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm
When ten-year-old Elliott asks his 90-year-old great-grandfather, Jack, about the number tattooed on his arm, he sparks an intimate conversation about Jack’s life that spans happy memories of childhoo...
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The Words That Built America
Politicians, celebrities and young people give their opinions on the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights in this 4th of July special.
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
There is a portrait of a celebrity.
Becoming Warren Buffett
The evolution of a boy from Nebraska who went on to become one of the most respected men in the world is told in this story. By allowing access to his life and never-before-released home videos, Buffe...
As police and DEA agents battle sophisticated cartels, rural, economically-disadvantaged users and dealers–whose addiction to ICE and lack of job opportunities have landed them in an endless cycle of ...
Breaion King, a 26 year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas - is pulled over for a routine traffic stop that escalates into a violent arrest. Dashcam clips intercut with verite scen...
I Am Evidence
The modern criminal justice system is hampered by the fact that rape kits are not always tested. Only eight states require testing of rape kits.
Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge
A chronicle of the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture can be found through the perspective of Rolling Stone magazine. An exhilarating visual and musical experience of the ma...
Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy
Through the personal and intimate reflections of her two sons and her friends and family, there is a fresh and revealing insight into Princess Diana.
Warning: This Drug May Kill You
There is a harrowing look at the devastating effects of opiate addiction in the U.S. Four families were devastated by the epidemic.
Mommy Dead and Dearest
A mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a nightmare are the subject of a mystery involving child abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love.
War Dog: A Soldier's Best Friend
This poignant documentary explores the unbreakable bond between multi-purpose K9s and their handlers.
Cries from Syria
An attempt to re-contextualize the European migrant crisis and ongoing hostilities in Syria. In a portrait of recent history and the consequences of violence, children and parents recount the revoluti...
The intersection of 10th Avenue and 26th Street is where Class Divide explores two different worlds. There is low-income public housing on the other side of the avenue. The World School is on Avenues....
Suited takes a modern, evolved look at gender through the conduit of clothing and shows the private and emotional experience surrounding it. The film documents a cultural shift that is creating a new ...
Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk?
Wealthy donors to Republican and Democratic parties are asked about their contributions by Pelosi. There are efforts to reform campaign finance.
Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Puentes de Salud is a volunteer-run clinic that provides free medical care to undocumented immigrants in south Philadelphia. Here, doctors and nurses work for free to serve people who would otherwise ...
Jim: The James Foley Story
A video of the public execution of an American was uploaded to the internet in August of last year. A militant in black and orange knelt next to a man in orange. There was a new face of terror and the...
Abortion: Stories Women Tell
A thought-provoking look at the subject of abortion today, told through the stories of women struggling with unplanned pregnancies, abortion providers and clinic staff and activists on both sides of t...
Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing
Recounts the dramatic story of the April 2013 terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon through the experiences of individuals whose lives were affected. Ranging from the events of the day to the death-...
Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper
Born into one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, Gloria Vanderbilt has lived in the public eye for more than 90 years, unapologetically pursuing love, family and career, wh...
More than 70% of American adults drink alcohol and 1/3 of them engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives. The intimate stories of four people whose drinking dramatically affects their re...
Cobain: Montage of Heck
It was one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time, and the only fully authorized portrait of the famed music icon. Cobain's personal archive of art, music, never seen before mov...
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Going Clear profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how they attract true believers and the things they do in the name of religion.
The Latin Explosion: A New America
With more than 50 million Latinos now living in the United States, Latinos are taking their seat at the table as the new American power brokers in the world of entertainment, business, politics and th...
Living With Lincoln
A collection of Abraham Lincoln photos has shaped the lives of five generations of his family.
Everything Is Copy
Jacob Bernstein's film is a tribute to his mother, who was the daughter of a screenwriter and a novelist. Her words, her memories, her scenes from her movies, and her own presence come alive in the mo...
Gilberto Valle, a former NYPD officer, was convicted of conspiring to kidnap and eat women. The prosecution's narrative convinced jurors that it was not a fantasy. His story made headlines not only fo...
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
A woman sentenced to death in Pakistan for falling in love is a rare survivor of the country's strict judicial system.
Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald traveled to Hong Kong for the first time to meet Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her.
Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert
This is the story of a year in the life of one mother whose daily struggles illuminate the challenges faced by more than 42 million American women and the 28 million children who depend on them.
Women are more likely to experience violence in their homes. Private Violence shatters the brutality of our logic and reveals the stories of two women, one who transforms from victim to survivor and t...
Banksy Does New York
The New York residency of the elusive street artist was called Better Out Than In. A group of fans called "Banksy Hunters" took to the streets and blew up social media as a new work of art was present...
All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State
The first female governor of Texas was Ann Richards. Her cool demeanor, acid wit, and passion for social inclusivity made her one of the most powerful and progressive governors in the U.S. When the 19...
My Depression (The Up and Down and Up of It)
A woman's struggle with depression is the subject of an animated short film.
The Case Against 8
There is a behind-the-scenes look at the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. The film is about the first federal marriage equality lawsuit. The highest court in the land.
Life According to Sam
The rare and fatal disease progeria is exemplified by accelerated aging in the children who are afflicted by it. There is no treatment. There is no cure. Gordon and Berns are doctors. When their son, ...
Six by Sondheim
The life and career of the stage legend Stephen Sondheim is explored through six of his best-known songs in this intimate documentary.
An Apology to Elephants
Elephants have suffered at the hands of humans for hundreds of years. The long history with elephants and the many problems that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses i...
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Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present
The Museum of Modern Art in New York will host a retrospective of Marina Abramovich's work.
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Taxi to the Dark Side explores a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States to the Vatican.
First Cousin Once Removed
Alan Berliner documented his first cousin, the poet-translator Edwin Honig, as he succumbed to Alzheimer's.
The Weight of the Nation
A documentary shows how a group of students from New Orleans changed the school menu.
About Face: Supermodels Then and Now
Our sense of beauty has been defined by the images of women over the past five decades. An uncensored look at many of the biggest names in modeling, the movie reveals the stories behind the magazine c...
Corporations spent millions of dollars to distort the "McDonald's coffee case" in order to promote tort reform. Big business, aided by the media, created a dangerous mixture of manipulation and lies t...
Journey Into Dyslexia
Addresses misunderstandings of learning differences and shows potential in dyslexic people.
The story of the enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world - icon, screen star, and two-term president, Ronald Reagan.
Gloria: In Her Own Words
Gloria Steinem talks about her childhood, career, and personal life in an interview with Peter Kunhardt.
The Loving Story
This documentary film tells the dramatic story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, and their landmark Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia, that cha...
Koran by Heart
In this 80-minute documentary, three 10-year-old children leave their native countries to participate in one of the Islamic world’s most famous competitions, a test of memory and recitation known as T...
The Education of Dee Dee Ricks
One woman's mission is to defeat cancer and help others do the same.
Love Crimes Of Kabul
An intimate portrait of three young afghan women accused of committing "moral crimes."
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One Thousand Pictures: RFK's Last Journey
Photographer Paul Fusco had a coveted place on the train carrying Robert Kennedy's body, with the assignment of covering the funeral, but he ended up using all his film on the people he saw from his w...
Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County
A documentary that explores the world of children who reside in discounted motels within walking distance of Disneyland, living in limbo as their families struggle to survive in one of the wealthiest ...
Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking
Fisher's memoirs are the basis of "Wishful Drinking". The world premiere of the stage adaptation took place in L.A. It opened on Broadway at Studio 54. The show takes audiences on a tour of Fisher's l...
I Can't Do This But I CAN Do That: A Film for Families about Learning Differences
Does having a learning disability mean that you can’t learn? Eight children prove that the answer is a definitive 'No' in this documentary. Interviews with kids are intercut with scenes of the childre...
Secrets of the Tribe
What happens when western anthropologists descend on the Amazon and make one of the last unacculturated tribes in existence, the Yanomami, the most exhaustively filmed and studied tribe on the planet?...
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, Spike Lee returns to New Orleans to see how the city has changed.
No Contract, No Cookies: The Stella D'Oro Strike
Follows the struggle of 138 mostly immigrant workers who strike to save their jobs at a famous bakery in the Bronx when a private equity firm buys the bakery and demands wage cuts of up to 30%.
Neda Agha-Soltan was shot and killed on the streets of Tehran during the turmoil that followed the Iranian presidential contest. Within hours, images of her dying moments, captured on cell phones, app...
Documentary about Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who was performing euthanasia in the US in 1990's
A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration
Rosie O'Donnell looked at the many answers to the question of what is a family. The show provides a less than moving portrait of the remarkable diversity of so called families today, including same-se...
6 Movies · 1 TV show
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
The people who worked the line were the ones who lived the inside story of the last days of the plant.
The Trials of Ted Haggard
A documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at a recent life and hard times of an ex-minister. Ted Haggard had it all: prosperity, a doting wife, five kids, and a ministry that reached out to 30 mill...
Sérgio de Mello was the world's go-to guy, a charming and complex man who could charm the worst war criminals, and protect the lives of the ordinary people he'd devoted his life to. The documentary te...
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
The Deer Hunter was nominated for a Best Picture award. Most people don't know his name. You were a fresh tour through movies that defined a generation.
Studs Terkel: Listening to America
For over 60 years, Studs Terkel elevated the voices and experiences of everyday Americans through his skillful interviews on radio, in books and on TV. This documentary takes a fond and illuminating l...
The Alzheimer's Project
Alzheimer's disease is the second most feared illness in America. This multi-part campaign looks at the causes, symptoms, treatments and possible cures for this disease.
Katie Morgan's Sex Tips 2: Any More Questions?
Adult-film star Katie Morgan answers a series of sex-related questions...in the buff, of course!
The Boys from Baghdad High
Four students in Baghdad keep a video diary of their last year in high school. The four must pass the national exams in June to get their diplomas. They are Ali, a Kurd, Anmar, a Christian, Hayder, a ...
Andrew Jenks, Room 335
Andrew Jenks decided to stay in a retirement home in Florida for a few weeks in order to get to know the world he lives in. He gets to know several people who are past their prime. Jenks takes a close...
Portraits of a Lady
25 artists came together to paint Justice O'Connor. There were vastly different images of this figure. The film chronicles the process from the initial setting where Justice O'Connor entertained the r...
Dirty Driving: Thundercars Of Indiana
Auto racing is an obsession in Anderson, Indiana. Even with local auto factories closing down and jobs being lost, the town's residents continue to flock to the local speedway every Friday night--and ...
Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery
It has been called "the saddest acre in America." It is also one of the most sacred. Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for young men and women who died fighting in I...
Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi
Pelosi is interviewing and filming evangelicals.
Katie Morgan's Porn 101
The candid, and naked, Katie Morgan takes us through a history of porn. From ancient paintings and sculpture, to early pornographic silent films, to modern day adult films.
Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq
In a war that has left more than 25,000 wounded, a documentary looks at a new generation of veterans. Ten Soldiers and Marines who reveal their feelings on their future, their severe disabilities, and...
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Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters
What is the recipe for blockbuster, flops, and how absolute happenstance and controlled luck can make movie magic are explored by Hollywood's biggest talents.
Filmmaker Alan Berliner chronicles his lifelong battle with insomnia in this intimate documentary. The cameras roll as he tries to quiet his overly active mind so he can get a decent night's sleep, ca...
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
Spike Lee's award-winning documentary follows the events that preceded and followed Hurricane Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans in 2005.
I Have Tourette's But Tourette's Doesn't Have Me
Some American children with a hereditary neurological disorder are profiled in a Home Box Office documentary. More than a dozen youngsters ranging from ages 6 to 13 talk about what it's like to grow u...
Xiara Trujillo is a precocious seven-year-old who moved from the Bronx to Maryland with her mom, Aracelli Guzman, four years ago. Though she seems happy hanging out and playing with her pal Melissa, X...
A Rape in a Small Town: The Florence Holway Story
Florence Holway's rural life came to a sudden end on Easter Eve in 1991, when a man broke in to her home and raped her. The horrifying attack marked the beginning of the New Hampshire artist and grand...
Heir To An Execution
Ivy Meeropol's directorial debut is a documentary about the execution of her biological grandparents. The US put to death the Rosenbergs. There is a charge of conspiracy to commit wartime espionage. T...
The Hidden Führer: Debating the Enigma of Hitler's Sexuality
In 2001, respected German historian Lothar Machtan dropped a bombshell on the world of Hitler studies. His book "The Hidden Hitler" caused a storm of controversy. The Fhrer's private life is explored ...
Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable
Twenty million people live within 50 miles of the Indian Point Energy Center. A catastrophe that could potentially render much of the Hudson River Valley and New York City uninhabitable is the subject...
Last Letters Home
Ten families read letters from their loved ones killed in Iraq in a powerful and moving documentary by Bill Couturie. Photos of the soldiers in military and civilian life are shown as family members r...
Looking For Fidel
The execution of three men who hijacked a ferry to the United States is addressed in Oliver Stone's second documentary.
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The Virtual Corpse
The first human to donate his body to science so that it could be studied in a 3D database is the subject of a documentary. Joseph Paul Jernigan donated his body to science shortly before he was execu...
There is a film about the director's meeting with Castro.
America Undercover is a series on the cable television network. There are several sub-series within the series. After a brief time being broadcast weekly in 2001, the series is now broadcast once per ...
And Along Came a Spider
A shocking portrait of the world of a recently captured serial killer, who sees his killing of prostitutes as in accordance with Islamic teaching. Over the space of a year, 16 women were murdered in t...
Persona Non Grata
The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians was the subject of a film by Oliver Stone. Interviews with Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu, former Prime Ministers of Israel, Yasser Arafat, the late...
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks
An intimate look at the life and career of Gordon Parks, a true Renaissance man who has excelled as a photographer, novelist, journalist, poet, musician and filmmaker.
The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story
Documents the race riot of 1921 and the destruction of the African-American community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With testimony by eyewitnesses and background accounts by historians.
Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales
Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's bestselling children's book headlines this winning 25-minute collection of sleepytime tales from HBO. Susan Sarandon narrates the simple story of a bunny readyin...
The film is a 1999 American documentary. The film follows the Bowling family for a year in Kentucky. Bill Frisell composed the music for the film.
Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt?
Documentary covering the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a black nationalist and journalist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer and sentenced to death in a trial...
Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth
He couldn't get arrested. All that would change by 1961.
Out at Work
In 1992 Cheryl Summerville, a cook at a Cracker Barrel restaurant outside Atlanta, received a termination paper stating that she was fired for "failing to demonstrate normal heterosexual values." She ...
Daughter of the Bride
The documentary short was nominated for an Oscar.
4 Little Girls
On September 15, 1963, a bomb destroyed a black church in Alabama, killing four young girls. When it was a crime that shocked the nation, it was a defining moment in the history of the civil-rights mo...
The Execution Machine: Texas Death Row
Explores the realities of death-row inmates inside Huntsville (Texas) Unit, a prison with the highest number of executions in 1997. Features interviews with prisoners, guards, officials, lawyers and v...
The Celluloid Closet
The evolution of the entertainment industry's role is shown in the documentary. The demonization of the homosexual community with the advent of AIDS is one of the issues addressed.
Prisoners of the War on Drugs
The War on Drugs has left many victims stuck in the prison system. PRISONERS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS show life behind bars. Most prisoners have the same story, they have been criminalized for drugs or dru...
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
A triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys.
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5 American Handguns - 5 American Kids
Someone dies when a child gets hold of a gun. 3,600 of the 24,000 Americans who died last year were children. The stories of five handguns that killed five children are told in this profoundly disturb...
Taxicab confessions is a hidden camera series that has aired on Hbo since 1995. In New York City and Las Vegas, the taxi drivers are also producers who steer the vehicle and the conversations with pas...
Lock Up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island
Documentary about the Rikers Island prison. If you're arrested in New York City and can't make bail, you'll be sent to Rikers Island--a mammoth holding facility for 17,000 men and women awaiting trial...
The real 'goodfellas' are 'Joe Dogs' Iannuzzi, Tommy DelGiorno, and 'Big Dom' Lofaro. For the first time on television, Mafia turncoats give personal accounts of life inside the Mob. Five high-ranking...
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In the 1980's, Braingames was shown on HBO. The half-hour program consisted of brain-teasing animated skits designed to make the viewers think.