Sinofsky, 58, was the co-director of Metallica’s 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster. He also co-directed the Paradise Lost trilogy with frequent collaborator Joe Berlinger.
“We lost a valued member of our family today as award winning filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky passed away this morning,” Metallica posted on its website Saturday (Feb. 21).
“Bruce, along with Joe Berlinger, was the architect of our film Some Kind of Monster. Smart, funny and dedicated, Bruce was with us almost every day in the early 2000’s and was an integral part of helping us to navigate the rough waters during those times,” the rock band continued.
“Although not very welcomed at times, he was there through some of the darkest times of Metallica. He became a dedicated comfort and visual lifeboat, while objectively observing the unraveling and rebuilding of our inner and outer selves.”
In addition to Some Kind of Monster, the two directors founded production company Creative Thinking International in 1991. They won an Emmy for 1996’s Paradise Lost and a Director’s Guild of America award for 1992’s Brother’s Keeper, about a murder in a rural New York town.
Sinofsky — who also won a Peabody and an Independent Spirit — directed films on his own, including 2003’s Hollywood High, focusing on the way that films depict drug abuse.
Metallica’s full remembrance of Sinofsky can be read here.