Emmy-nominated filmmaker Henry Corra is best known for pioneering Living Cinema, his unique approach to nonfiction filmmaking. Corra’s films have been exhibited worldwide in theatrical venues and broadcast and streaming outlets such as HBO, Showtime, LOGO, CBS, PBS, vH1, Arte, Channel 4, Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Sundance and Fandor. His work has also been exhibited in museum and cultural venues internationally including MoMA, the Louvre, the National Gallery of Art, the Pacific Film Archive and the Smithsonian Institute, and is on permanent collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A Sundance and Tribeca Institute Fellow, he has also done episodic TV projects for broadcasters including MTV, VH1, Bravo, and the Sundance Channel. In addition to his film work, Corra has been singled out as one of the foremost directors of non-fiction commercials and advocacy advertising in America with groundbreaking campaigns for clients including the American Cancer Society, NYC Health, Mercedes Benz USA, Jet Blue, Starbucks and Google.
Corra’s work is characterized by a deep and intense relationship with his subjects, his painterly eye, and his novelist sensibility. His first feature, the award-winning “Umbrellas” (PBS/Arte, 1995), shows the deep passions of the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude on a world stage and the inherently dramatic and at times painful consequences of their work. With “George” (HBO, 2000), made with and about his autistic son, he created a unique cinematic language that dramatized their relationship and confronted preconceived notions of autism. “Same Sex America” (Showtime, 2005), captures a watershed moment in civil rights history through the eyes of seven gay couples trying to marry. “NY77: the Coolest Year in Hell” (vH1, 2007) was Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Arts & Cultural Programming. “Jack” (2009) is a road movie that’s a loving and poetic portrait of a full-blown alcoholic that challenges conventional ideas about addiction. “The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan” (short-listed for the Independent Spirit Award, 2010) follows the Nolan family from the cotton belt of Texas, to the battlegrounds of Vietnam, to the killing fields of Cambodia and unfolds as a mysterious fever dream. His latest genre-breaking work, “Farewell to Hollywood” (Oscar qualified for Best Documentary Feature, 2016), is a nonfiction fairytale about love, death, art, holding on and letting go.
Corra remains committed to exploring new ways to make art through the nonfiction form with his Living Cinema approach. Drawing on collaborations with New York’s most innovative filmmakers, photographers, artists, musicians, writers, performers and designers, he strives to collapse the boundaries between art and life and create films and campaigns that he hopes will be transformative – to the filmmakers, the subjects, and the audience.