Born and raised in California, Charles Koppelman has a varied career writing, consulting, producing, and directing documentary and feature films. He also writes for screen, stage, and publication. His current projects include a documentary feature film, ZERO DAY: Crisis on the Internet about cybercrime, cyber-espionage, and other threats to an open and safe Internet.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival called his feature film debut, Dumbarton Bridge, "Lyrical and poetic, a gem… remarkable first feature." Variety said it was "…forceful, empathetic, touching.”
Koppelman’s non-fiction book, Behind the Seen: How Walter Murch Edited Cold Mountain on Apple’s Final Cut Pro, and What This Means for Cinema, was published to acclaim by Peachpit Press/Pearson in 2005. Film director Francis Ford Coppola calls it, “An exploration inside the editorial engine room of a major feature film — the first book of its kind ever and sure to remain the best.”
Koppelman recently co-wrote the screenplay, The Old Days, with Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart, Lost Highway). It’s the story of an aging former Mafia hit-man who returns to Cuba to face his past. It is now being packaged to star Morgan Freeman, and be directed by Allen and Albert Hughes.
Charles Koppelman is producer of Revolution of Forms, an original opera based on the true story of the National Arts Schools of Cuba. Koppelman is co-writing the libretto and directing a feature-length documentary about the making of the opera.
Charles Koppelman