Directors > Adam Hootnick
United "Destination: Team USA"
ESPN "Son Of The Congo"
Clinton Foundation "No Ceilings"
Adam Hootnick is an award-winning director of film, television, and short-form content, and an expert in crafting riveting sports and political pieces. Most recently, Adam completed a project with United Airlines documenting the paths of several 2016 US Olympic hopefuls, “Destination: Team USA.” He also helmed NASCAR’s retirement send-off “24Ever” (Ogilvy & Mather/NY) for the legendary race car driver Jeff Gordon.
His documentary feature, Son of the Congo, premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. The film follows Serge Ibaka’s journey, from the violence of the Congo to NBA stardom and back again, as he returns home hoping his basketball success can help inspire a new generation to dream of a better life. Adam’s first feature, Unsettled, tells the story of several young Israelis from across the religious and political spectrum during the 2005 withdrawal of Israeli settlements and troops from Gaza. The film won numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival.
Adam’s other projects include the documentary short “Judging Jewell” for ESPN’s Emmy-winning 30 for 30 shorts series, which was rated among the top films in the history of the series by Rolling Stone magazine. He later collaborated with ESPN to direct the short films “ProDay” and “The Outstanding Mind-Bending Synergy Machine.” His first music video was Webby Award honoree “Shoeshine” with Brooklyn indie rock band Black Taxi. Adam is currently developing his first narrative feature film.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Adam’s creative career began with news production positions at NBC and MSNBC in the U.S. and Israel. He also worked as a producer at MTV News & Documentaries covering politics and international affairs worldwide, including news and documentary segments, and specials tied to the Iraq war, Supreme Court decisions on gay rights and affirmative action, and the 2004 and 2008 Presidential elections.