Davis Guggenheim is an American film director and producer who is perhaps best known for directing and producing An Inconvenient Truth, the Academy Award winning documentary about global warming.
His most recent documentary, Waiting for "Superman," explores the ways in which the American public education system is failing our nation's children, and the roles that charter schools and education reformers could play in the future. Guggenheim sees dysfunction in our schools and in the politics around them. "Why can't there be a great school for every kid in America? It just doesn't make sense to me. That's why I made this movie." His hope for the film is to "engage real people to get involved in the subject so that we can create enough political will to change our system."
Earlier in his career, Guggenheim focused on the challenging first year of several novice public school teachers in The Los Angeles public school system in his documentary films, The First Year and Teach. He made these films to address the tremendous need for qualified teachers in California and nationwide, to create awareness of the crisis in our schools, and to inspire the next generation to become teachers.
His other film and television credits as a producer and director include Training Day, The Shield, Alias, 24, NYPD Blue, ER, Deadwood, and Party of Five. In 2009, he directed and produced a documentary It Might Get Loud, about the history of the electric guitar and careers and styles of Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White.
He lives in California with his wife, actress Elisabeth Shue, and their three children.
NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in The Forum program on November 11, 2010.
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