Tragic news: documentary filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky has passed away at the age of 58 after a fight with diabetes. Sinofsky was one of the finest documentarians working today. Alongside fellow director and partner Joe Berlinger, Sinofsky made Paradise Lost, a documentary about the infamous West Memphis Three trial in Arkansas. Paradise Lost produced two sequels, but it’s also noted for being the first time Metallica allowed their music to be in a movie. That relationship between the documentarians and the band continued in Some Kind of Monster, dealing with the making of St. Anger as well as the therapy sessions conducted by Phil Towle with James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett. Other than providing an honest portrayal of its subject matter by examining Jason Newsted’s departure, Napster, and Hetfield’s exit to rehab, Metallica attributed Some Kind of Monster for keeping the bandmates sincere during the time as well as saving the band from splitting up.
By pressing his subjects to be truthful, Sinofsky created some of the most compelling documentaries of the past two decades. He will be missed.