Tony Gerber is an Award-winning writer, producer & filmmaker.
His independent films include Full Battle Rattle directed with Jesse Moss (Berlinale premiere and SXSW Special Jury Prize), and The Notorious Mr. Bout (Sundance 2014) about the Russian arms dealer proffered in an international prisoner exchange for WNBA star Brittany Griner.
He recently produced the Emmy-nominated, Academy Award short-listed, documentary Takeover (Tribeca, 2021) about a group of Puerto Rican activists, the Young Lords, who take over a decrepit hospital in the South Bronx launching a battle for their lives, their community, and healthcare for all. This award-winning doc is being adapted into a feature film produced by Gerber, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, and the independent studio Sister, with Oscar-nominated screenwriter José Rivera writing the adaptation.
In 2005, Gerber co-founded NY-based production company Market Road Films with Nottage. In 2017 the pair collaborated on the ambitious, site-specific multimedia installation This is Reading, which blended live-performance, dance, and a series of short films directed by Gerber exploring the decline and rebirth of Reading, Pennsylvania.
In 2024, War Game will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, co-directed by Gerber and Jesse Moss, follows a bipartisan group of U.S. defense, intelligence, and elected policymakers in an unscripted role-play exercise, in which they confront a political coup — backed by rogue members of the U.S. military — in the wake of a contested presidential election.
In Utqiaġvik, Alaska, the northernmost city in the United States — where the Arctic landscape is warming four times faster than the rest of the planet — the local community has long grappled with the effects of climate change. But while America at large has struggled to formulate any kind of coherent response to climate change, the native Iñupiaq culture in Utqiaġvik has, for centuries, demonstrated a singular ability to adapt to a changing environment and maintain a sustainable economic and social structure. In this small whaling community on the frontlines of the climate crisis, co-directors Rachel Naŋinaaq Edwardson, a native of Utqiaġvik, and Tony Gerber, an outsider, tell a profoundly human story from an Iñupiaq perspective, grounded in Iñupiaq spirituality.
Anonymous Content and Boat Rocker have partnered to co-finance and co-sell an untitled political thriller feature documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Jesse Moss (“Boys State”) and Tony Gerber (“The Notorious Mr. Bout”).
Produced by Boat Rocker’s Matador Content, the project was shot over the course of two days last month in Washington, D.C.
While details on the project are being kept under wraps, Moss teased it as a “an utterly unique story that is equal parts political thriller, dystopian science fiction and intimate cinema vérité.” Read the full article in Variety here.
“Takeover” marks the first Market Road Films project to come out of its first-look deal with Sister, which was co-founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone.
The short-subject documentary — directed by Emma Francis-Snyder and produced by Market Road Films’ Tony Gerber — chronicles the 12 historic hours in 1970 when 50 members of the Young Lords Party stormed the dilapidated Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and made their cries for health justice known to the world. Read the full article in Variety here.