Richard Hankin has worked on documentaries for both theatrical distribution and for HBO, PBS, NBC, ABC, and Showtime. HOME FRONT, which Hankin directed, produced, wrote and edited, premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and on the Showtime Network on Veterans Day. The film was described by The New York Times as "Indelible ... reminiscent of 'The Deer Hunter.'" Michael Sragow of the Baltimore Sun called the film "Terrific. A lucid knockout of a movie." And Time Magazine named HOME FRONT one of the Top Ten films of the year.
CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS, which Hankin co-produced and edited, was mentioned on over 150 "Top Ten" lists and won numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and an Emmy for Hankin's editing. The film was nominated for both an Academy Award and an American Cinema Editor's Award, and was recently honored by the International Documentary Association as one of the best documentaries of all time.
Hankin has twice served as a Creative Advisor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Storytelling Lab. He has been invited to speak at numerous film festivals, universities and events, including Columbia University, U.C.L.A., The New School, Maryland Institute College of Art, Rubin Museum of Art, HBO's Frame-by-Frame Documentary Film Series and the International Documentary Association's DocuDay. He holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.