Wayne Ewing has produced and directed over forty documentaries for American television networks. His first twenty-five films, beginning with the critically acclaimed IF ELECTED were broadcast as a part of the series Bill Moyers Journal on PBS. The Emmy nominated Blood's of 'Nam followed on PBS as a part of the Frontline series. Also for Frontline, Ewing produced and directed A Journey To Russia during the last days of the Brezhnev era.
For NBC News, Ewing made one hour documentaries: directing Women In Prison with Maria Shriver as correspondent and then producing and directing Gangs, Cops, & Drugs and The New Hollywood with Tom Brokaw as correspondent. Gangs, Cops, & Drugs is one of the highest rated documentaries (a 25/18 rating) ever broadcast on American television. His commercial television journalism also includes segments for Ted Koppel at ABC and Charles Kuralt at CBS.
In 1992, the feature film director Barry Levinson asked Ewing to design the photographic style of the dramatic series Homicide: Life On The Streets. Ewing's handheld camerawork as Director of Photography brought a style of reality to drama that television critics have credited with changing the look of American dramatic television in the 1990's. Ewing also directed the final show of the first season of Homicide.
Ewing returned to documentaries with his critically acclaimed independent documentary feature BREAKFAST WITH HUNTER about the late gonzo journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.
Ewing's most recently released documentaries are BENCHED - The Corporate Takeover of the Judiciary and THE LAST CAMPAIGN, a sequel to his first film, IF ELECTED . THE LAST CAMPAIGN has been nominated the International Documentary Association for their IDA Award as BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE of 2005.
WHEN I DIE - Ewing's last film about Dr. Thompson - focuses on the making of the Gonzo Monument and the blast off of Dr. Thompson's ashes into the sky.
WHEN I DIE premiered at the Denver Film Festival in November, 2005.
Wayne Ewing graduated from Yale College and The University of Texas Graduate School of Communications. He has lived in Aspen, Colorado for over twenty years.