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Marina Zenovich is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker whose films have been praised for their powerful storytelling and their thoughtful, sensitive approach to difficult subjects and controversial people. Her films reframe familiar, high voltage stories in new ways and always spark intense conversation and debate.

Marina’s films include the critically acclaimed FANTASTIC LIES -- about the Duke Lacrosse scandal — widely considered one of the best episodes of ESPN's "30 for 30”.  (SXSW 2016); WATER AND POWER: A CALIFORNIA HEIST for National Geographic (Sundance Film Festival 2017); RICHARD PRYOR: OMIT THE LOGIC (Tribeca Film Festival 2013, NAACP Image Award Winner for Best TV Documentary);  ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED (Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals 2008,  Emmy Winner, Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming) for HBO; and ROMAN POLANSKI: ODD MAN OUT (Toronto and New York Film Festivals 2012) for Showtime. Her upcoming documentary ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND (Sundance Film Festival 2018) will premiere on HBO in July.

Marina's directing credits also include a range of imaginative and innovative shorter films. They include WHO IS BERNARD TAPIE? (Sundance Channel/BBC) about the French former politician convicted criminal turned actor and her fascination with him; INDEPENDENT'S DAY about the struggles of independent filmmakers set in Park City, Utah, and ESTONIA DREAMS OF EUROVISION! about the wacky world of Tallinn, Estonia as it prepares to host the Eurovision Song Contest. She has also made short films about Julian Schnabel, Takashi Murakami, Vanessa Beecroft, David Lynch and Robert Wilson, for the series ART IN PROGRESS.

Marina has worked in branded content for the clothing company VF (parent company of Timberland, Nautica, Vans, Seven For Mankind and Kipling, among others).

She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Directors Guild of America, and the International Documentary Association.  Before becoming a director, Marina was an actress.  She is named after the Italian song, "Marina, Marina, Marina."