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marc Smerling

the Jinx


Marc Smerling produced and shot “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”, a “groundbreaking” series on HBO about the heir to a Manhattan real estate fortune suspected of three murders over thirty years. He was nominated for an Emmy for cinematography and won an Emmy for Best Documentary Series. The Jinx also won for Best Editing and many other awards including a Peabody.

Smerling wrote and produced “All Good Things” (2010), starring Ryan Gosling , Frank Langella, and Kirsten Dunst. Mr. Gosling played the role of Robert Durst and after seeing the film, the Real Estate Scion decided to sit with the filmmakers for an extensive interview about his life.  This 23-hour interview is the basis for “The Jinx.”

Smerling produced “Catfish,” a 2011 documentary feature about the perils of social networking. “Catfish” spawned the television series “CatfishTV,” currently in its sixth season on MTV and one of cable’s highest rated original programs.

He produced and shot much of “Capturing the Friedmans,” (2003) winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Smerling is currently working on a podcast about crime with Alex Blumberg of Gimlet Media. Before that, he was founder and executive producer of Notorious Pictures, a production company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. There, he produced and directed television commercials and music videos and concert films for musicians as diverse as The Fugees, Santana, POD, Sarah McLachlan, Wyclef Jean, Diana King and Slipknot, as well as documentaries, animated and reality series for broadcast.

He was the associate producer of “Gangs, Cops and Drugs” and “The New Hollywood” with Tom Brokaw for NBC.  He worked as a newspaper reporter in Upstate New York. He is a 1985 graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Journalism and a 1989 graduate of USC’s School of Cinema-Television, where his thesis film, “Driving The American Dream,” won a FOCUS award. There, he earned a Masters In Film Production.