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THE DIPLOMAT tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his eldest son David, the documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended. The film will be released in 2015, the 20th anniversary of Holbrooke’s crowning achievement: the Dayton Peace Accords which ended the war in Bosnia.
David Holbrooke (Director) is a filmmaker and Festival Director of Mountainfilm in Telluride, CO since 2008. His last film, Hard as Nails, aired on HBO in December 2007. Other documentaries include Freaks Like Me, Time for a New God and A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn, featuring acclaimed nature photographer James Balog. All are part of an ongoing series he created called “Original Thinkers.” Other notable projects include The Soul of Healing with Deepak Chopra and co-producing The Trials of Henry Kissinger. Before he became a filmmaker, David spent a year in the dotcom world and previously, worked extensively in television news, producing long- form pieces for “The Today Show,” CBS News and CNN. David has been a contributing editor at GQ and written for the Huffington Post. His production company, Giraffe Partners, is developing narrative features and several documentaries. He lives in Telluride, Colorado with his wife and three kids.
Stacey Reiss (Producer) is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced documentaries and long form programs for HBO, NBC, WNET, CNBC, National Geographic and The Weather Channel. Her current documentaries include The Diplomat, and It’s Me, Hilary, about the “Eloise” book illustrator; both documentaries will air on HBO in 2015. She produced I Knew It Was You, about the late actor John Cazale (“Fredo” in the Godfather movies) which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO in 2010 and Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent, about the Jewish leader who helped organize the March on Washington. Stacey writes, directs and produces for the documentary series Treasures of New York on WNET (PBS in New York.) For more than a decade at Dateline NBC, Stacey produced award-winning documentaries, breaking news reports and network specials. Credits include The Last Days of Jesus, Vision Quest (Front Page award, Best Documentary) and The Long Road Home (Emmy award). She also produces documentary style campaigns for corporate clients which have included KKR, Comcast, the Reebok Foundation and Diageo. Stacey holds a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was a Harvard Medical School Journalism Fellow. Her Brooklyn based company, Stacey Reiss Productions, specializes in producing non-fiction content.
Seth Bomse (Editor) is a freelance film editor in New York City. He has edited both documentary and fiction films. His films have received top honors including multiple Emmy and Peabody awards. His most recent film, Memphis, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Other films Big Men and Earth Made of Glass have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.