ALL RISE FILMS was formed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, Emmy and Peabody Award winning writers, directors, and editors whose films have been broadcast on HBO, Netflix, Showtime, MTV, IFC, FOX, PBS, ESPN, CBS, Channel 4, the BBC and BET, as well theatrically distributed worldwide. In 2005, Jeff’s film FAVELA RISING was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and among the 36 awards it won are the IDA’s Film of the Year and Best Director at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was theatrically exhibited in five continents and in the U.S by ThinkFilm and HBO.
In 2010, the brothers’ film THE TWO ESCOBARS premiered as an official selection of Cannes and Tribeca, won 4 Gold Medals in the New York Film & TV awards, and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Documentary, as well as the Writer's Guild of America's Best Nonfiction Script. The Zimbalist brothers directed two other entries in the ESPN 30for30 series, ARNOLD'S BLUEPRINT, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and YOUNGSTOWN BOYS, which won an Emmy in 2014. In 2011, Jeff's film BOLLYWOOD: THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD premiered as an official selection of Cannes, and was sold worldwide by Wild Bunch.
In 2016, Jeff and Michael wrote and directed PELÉ: BIRTH OF A LEGEND, a scripted feature film about the soccer legend produced by Academy Award winner Brian Grazer, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically around the world.
In 2018, the brothers are releasing three feature documentaries: NOSSA CHAPE (Hollywood Reporter “10 Best of SXSW 2018”), about the rebuilding of the Chapecoense soccer club after a tragic airplane crash killed most of the team; MOMENTUM GENERATION (a 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award Winner), about the world’s most legendary surf crew, executive produced by Robert Redford; and GIVE US THIS DAY, following three police officers and three residents in East St. Louis, the city with the highest homicide rate in the country, executive produced by Vince Vaughn. They also released their Fox series PHENOMS, about young footballers in the lead up to the 2018 World Cup, and are releasing a new music documentary series they created.
Jeff and Michael are currently writing and directing THE ALI SUMMIT, a scripted series about Muhammad Ali, the FBI and civil rights in the 1960s for Showtime, a feature film titled FURA about emerald mafias in Colombia for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures, and CELL 211 for CBS Films. Jeff and Michael's production company, All Rise Films, also works with brands and entertainment icons such as Will Smith, Quincy Jones, Shakira, Russell Simmons, Mick Jagger, Irving Azoff, Javier Bardem, Naomi Campbell, Aishwarya Rai, and Amitabh Bachchan in the development of original content.