2015 International Premiere, Cannes Film Festival

2016 U.S. Premiere, Tribeca Film Festival

2016 Theatrical Release

Co-produced by American Masters


It is beautifully constructed, not as a chronological biography of a directorial legend but as a thematic exploration of his work.



Makes the case for Lumet not only as one of the Hollywood greats, but also one of its rare filmmakers of conscience- a passionate storyteller whose films wrestle with dilemmas of decency, justice, and fairness.                                        

                                                  - Entertainment Weekly




2015 Cannes Film Festival Nominee Golden Eye Awards

81% on Rotten Tomatoes




It allows Lumet to remind us, in his own voice, of the passion in his ostensible dispassion - the way he deftly subsumed self-expression within the brisk rhythms of his material and the superb performances of his actors.                                      

                                                  - Los Angeles Times


Our Story

By Sidney Lumet, the documentary film, is a portrait of the work and life of one of the most accomplished and influential directors in the history of cinema. His strongly moral tales captured the dilemmas and concerns of a society struggling with essentials – how does one behave to others and to oneself? Though spiritual and ethical lessons are at the core of his work, they are not didactic. His films are both powerfully dramatic and wildly entertaining for Mr. Lumet was first and foremost a storyteller. In a rare never-before-seen interview, we are privileged to have Sidney Lumet tell his own story just a few years before his death. With candor, humor and grace, he reveals what matters to him as an artist and as a human being.