Adam Hootnick is an award-winning filmmaker based in Austin, TX. His most recent documentary, What Carter Lost, premiered in August 2017 as part of the ESPN 30 for 30 series and was named one of the year's best sports docs by Sports Illustrated. The feature-length doc tells the story of the Dallas Carter Cowboys, one of the most talented high school football teams in history, which dominated the 1988 "Friday Night Lights" season in Texas, bringing triumph and tragedy to the Carter community.
In Destination: Team USA, Adam follows five Olympic hopefuls as they battle for spots on the 2016 US Olympic Team. Adam previously directed Son of the Congo, which had its world premiere at the 2015 South by Southwest film festival. At the core of the documentary is Serge Ibaka’s improbable journey from the violence of Congo to NBA stardom and back again, as Serge returns home hoping his basketball success can help rebuild a country and inspire a new generation to dream of a better life.
Adam’s other recent projects include the short documentary Judging Jewell for ESPN’s Emmy winning 30-for-30 shorts series, rated among the top films in the history of the series by Rolling Stone Magazine. Adam also collaborated with ESPN to direct the short films Pro Day and The Outstanding Mind-Bending Synergy Machine. Adam’s first music video was the Webby Awards-honoree “Shoeshine” with Brooklyn rock band Black Taxi. His first feature, the critically acclaimed UNSETTLED, tells the story of several young Israelis from across the religious and political spectrum during the 2005 Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. UNSETTLED won numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Adam began his career in news production at NBC and MSNBC before becoming a director/producer for MTV News & Documentaries, where Adam covered politics and international affairs.