susan froemke (Director)

Susan Froemke is a non-fiction filmmaker with more than thirty documentary films to her credit, from the classic Grey Gardens (1976) to Lalee's Kin (2001), a film for HBO on poverty that was nominated for an Academy Award. Most recently, Froemke co-directed Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, with Matthew Heineman, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

A four-time Emmy Award winner, Froemke has been in production on Wagner's Dream for more than four years, filming in New York, Montreal and Quebec City. Previously for the Metropolitan Opera, Froemke produced and directed James Levine: America's Maestro, an American Masters presentation on PBS in 2011, and The Audition (2010), an in-depth look at the Met's National Council Auditions, which follows the dramatic journey of the 2007 finalists as they compete to sing on the Met stage before the country's leading opera administrators.

For HBO, Froemke co-produced two special event series: Momentum in Science: The Alzheimer's Project (2009) and Addiction (2007), an unprecedented 14-part documentary series about drug and alcohol addiction, which won the 2007 Emmys Governors' Award for Special Programming.

Before starting her own production company in 2003, Froemke was the principal filmmaker at legendary Maysles Films in New York for over two decades, following the death of David Maysles. She has long been a disciple of “direct cinema,” a style of filmmaking pioneered in the 1960s by the Maysles Brothers. Like “cinema verité” in France, direct cinema presents the drama of real life as it unfolds with minimal intervention.

Froemke's tremendous range as a filmmaker can be seen in the diversity of her subjects. She co-produced with Peter Gelb several co-productions between Maysles Films and Sony Classical, including: Ozawa (1985), Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic (1985), Horowitz Plays Mozart (1986), Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia (1991), Baroque Duet (1992), and Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp With Mel Brooks (2001), which won a Grammy Award.

Froemke produced and co-directed Christo in Paris (1990), Karajan in Salzburg (1988), and—in the rock-and-roll arena—her updated version of The Beatles! The First U.S. Visit (1991), Conversations with the Rolling Stones (1994) and—for the J. Paul Getty Trust—Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center (1997) about the enormous Los Angeles arts complex, designed by renowned architect Richard Meier.

Previously, for HBO's America Undercover, Froemke directed Abortion: Desperate Choices (1992), which earned her an Emmy, a Peabody Award, and a DuPont-Columbia Award. Also for HBO, she produced and directed Letting Go: A Hospice Journey (1996) and Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (2001), a powerful exploration of poverty and education in the Mississippi Delta. For Lifetime Television, Froemke directed 100 Years of Women (1999) and Fear No More: Stop Violence Against Women (2001).

BOB eisenhardt (producer)

Bob Eisenhardt, the editor of Wagner's Dream, is a three-time Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee.

Recent films he edited include Valentino: The Last Emperor and Living Emergency: Stories of Doctors without Borders. He worked with Barbara Kopple on Shut Up & Sing and on her film Bearing Witness, which was shown at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.

He previously collaborated with Susan Froemke, together with Albert Maysles, on Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center, and again, together with Peter Gelb, on Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia.