Madeleine Sackler started off her career editing films. She directed and produced her first film, The Lottery, in 2010 and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Two years later she directed and produced Duke 91 & 92: Back to Back, a documentary about the Duke Blue Devils' repeat basketball national championship seasons. Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (2013) debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and is comprised of smuggled footage from the oppressive Belarussian regime. Dangerous Acts won an Emmy Award and received the Grand Jury prize at One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, the Golden Butterfly at The Hague Movies that Matter Festival, Best Documentary at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the Audience Award at Lighthouse International Film Festival, and 3 awards at Biografilm Festival, including the Audience Award.
Most recently, Great Curve Films produced two new films: O.G., a narrative film starring Jeffrey Wright and Theothus Carter, and It's a Hard Truth Ain't It, both of which are now available on HBO. Hard Truth was nominated for an Emmy, marking it the first time incarcerated filmmakers have been nomianted.
Madeleine received the Bill Webber Award for Community Service from Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison for the two films, which were both filmed in collaboration with men inside a maximum-security prison in Indiana.