Pinkerson has been Marc Levin’s documentary film partner for the past 15 years. Along with Marc, she won the National Emmy for best documentary of 1999 for producing Thug Life in D.C., which premiered on HBO. Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, a film about what happened to manufacturing in America through the emblematic story of the Garment Center in Manhattan, premiered on HBO in October of 2009. That year, she was also the Supervising Producer on Brick City, a five-hour docu-reality series on Newark, NJ, which premiered on the Sundance Channel and ran for two seasons. In 2007, she was the Supervising Producer on Mr. Untouchable, a film about heroin kingpin Nicky Barnes, which was theatrically released by Magnolia Films. In 2006, she was the Supervising Producer on Protocols of Zion, Levin’s personal look at 9/11, which aired on HBO/Cinemax and was theatrically released by ThinkFilm. Heir to an Execution, a film she produced about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO in 2004. In 2003, she produced Godfathers and Sons, a film on Chicago Blues for Martin Scorsese’s PBS series on Blues music. In 2001, NARAL presented their Courageous Advocate Award to her for Soldiers in the Army of God, a film she produced and co-directed for HBO. In the year 2000, she produced two films, Speak Truth to Power, a PBS special on human rights activists and Twilight Los Angeles, Anna Deavere Smith’s performance film on the riots in South Central. For The Execution Machine, which also aired on HBO, she was able to secure unprecedented access to Death Row in Texas. She was the Supervising Producer for the critically acclaimed Discovery Channel series, CIA: America’s Secret Warriors. Her other HBO films include Mob Stories, Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock and its ten year follow-up Back in the Hood, Prisoners of the War on Drugs, and Gladiator Days. For Bill Moyers she produced The Home Front, The Politics of Addiction, Oklahoma City: One Year Later, and three parts of his series on youth violence. In addition to producing, she also shoots stylized film and video with small format cameras. She has captured some cinematic firsts, filming a gang drive-by shooting in Little Rock, Arkansas (HBO’s Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock) and inmates injecting drugs in prison (HBO’sPrisoners of the War on Drugs.) She was the Associate Producer and additional shooter on the dramatic feature SLAM. In 1988, during the press restrictions in South Africa, she launchedSouth Africa Now, a weekly half-hour news program which commissioned pieces from inside South Africa for broadcast on Public Television, CNN World Report and ITN.
Daphne Pinkerson has worked on a range of award-winning social and political documentaries for HBO, PBS, Bill Moyers, and NBC, among others. Her HBO documentary, Hard Times: Lost on Long Island, was nominated for an Emmy, and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Triangle: Remembering the Fire, which she directed, won the prestigious duPont-Columbia Award and premiered on HBO in March of 2011. The US Secretary of Labor hosted a screening of the film at the White House to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fire.