Since graduating from UNC in 2009, Oscar-nominated filmmaker and Morehead-Cain alumnus Ed Perkins has crafted an extensive resume.
In addition to directing films for Netflix, National Geographic, The Guardian, BBC and Channel 4, Perkins won a Grierson Award for Best Newcomer for his 2015 feature documentary "Garnet’s Gold." His 2018 film “Black Sheep” was also nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 91st Academy Awards.
Perkins has spent the last five years working exclusively at Lightbox, a media company that produces non-fiction content, founded by two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn and Emmy Award-winning producer Johnathan Chinn.
More recently, Perkins released the feature documentary “Tell Me Who I Am” on Netflix and the HBO Original documentary “The Princess."
Perkins said he loves documentary because it gives him access to people's worlds and lives.
“People trust you with their stories and that is an amazing responsibility," he said. "For someone to sort of allow you into their emotional world and trust you to bring their very precious story to life.”
“The Princess” is a feature documentary about Diana, Princess of Wales.
Gorham "Hap" Kindem, Perkins' former communications professor at UNC, described the story of "The Princess" as "complex."
“He just lets the footage speak for itself and lets us experience what Diana experienced, while at the same time, there's a real critical eye on the media, as well as the monarchy and their treatment of her," Kindem said.