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Blogger Profile: Robert Greenwald

Robert Greenwald is a producer, director, political activist, and Brave New Films founder and president. His is currently focused on the RETHINK AFHANISTAN (2009, RethinkAfghanistan.com) documentary and campaign which addresses the misguided U.S. policy in Afghanistan. He has also produced and distributed short viral videos and campaigns like SICK FOR PROFIT (SickForProfit.com), FOX ATTACKS videos (FoxAttacks.com) and THE REAL MCCAIN (TheRealMcCain.com), which were seen by almost a million people in a matter of days.

Greenwald is also the director/producer of IRAQ FOR SALE: THE WAR PROFITEERS (2006), a documentary that exposes what happens when corporations go to war and WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE (2005), a documentary that uncovers the retail giant's assault on families and American values and OUTFOXED: RUPERT MURDOCH'S WAR ON JOURNALISM (2004). He also executive produced a trilogy of political documentaries: UNPRECEDENTED: THE 2000 ELECTION; UNCOVERED: THE WAR ON IRAQ (2003), which Greenwald also directed; and UNCONSTITUTIONAL (2004).

BRAVE NEW FILMS (BraveNewFilms.org), Greenwald's new media company, uses film to tell stories that build movements and influence debate about the most important issues of the day. Brave New Films released the THE BIG BUY: TOM DELAY'S STOLEN CONGRESS in May 2006 and recently produced two TV series: ACLU FREEDOM FILES and THE SIERRA CLUB CHRONICLES – which can be seen on Link TV, Court TV (ACLU) and via the internet.

In addition to his documentary work, Greenwald has produced and/or directed more than 50 television movies, miniseries and feature films, including: The Book of Ruth (2004), based on the best selling book by Jane Hamilton; The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2003); The Burning Bed, starring Farrah Fawcett as an abused housewife; Shattered Spirits, starring Martin Sheen, about alcoholism; and Forgotten Prisoners, about the work of Amnesty International.

Greenwald also produced and directed the feature film, Steal This Movie, starring Vincent D'Onofrio as 60's radical Abbie Hoffman, as well as Breaking Up, starring Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek.

Greenwald's films have garnered 25 Emmy nominations, four cable ACE Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, the Peabody Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Award, and eight Awards of Excellence from the Film Advisory Board. He was awarded the 2002 Producer of the Year Award by the American Film Institute. Greenwald has been honored for his activism by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California; the L.A. chapter of the National Lawyers Guild; Physicians for Social Responsibility; New Roads School, Consumer Attorney's Association of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and the Office of the Americas. Greenwald has lectured at Harvard University for the Nieman Fellows Foundation for Journalism and speaks frequently across the country about his work.

Robert Greenwald's Blogs

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Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 7th, 2012

What the Koch brothers say online but won’t say under oath

Why will Charles and David Koch produce a video about their position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline and not testify before Congress about it? The Koch brothers have refused to answer questions about how they stand to profit from the Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,700-mile long boondoggle that would ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

January 30th, 2012

Hauling the Koch brothers into Congress

Imagine Charles and David Koch testifying, under oath, in Congress. Even though the billionaire oil industry brothers continue trying to dodge accountability, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) invited the Koch brothers to testify and answer a few simple questions about how the Kochs are positioned to gain financially by the Keystone ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

January 24th, 2012

Are the Koch brothers teaching you?

What's happening to academia in Florida demands national attention. Billionaires Charles and David Koch are infringing on intellectual freedom and independence in colleges and universities. It's an old fashioned quid pro quo where the Koch brothers get allied professors who'll preach Ayn Rand, supply side economic policies and the values ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

January 13th, 2012

Is your Senator Representing Charles and David Koch?

Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch look like they're easy graders. Their tea party group released its rankings this week of senators and congressman who tow the Koch line most, and it gave a total of 44 A+'s for the 112th Congress.  Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party group funded ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

December 21st, 2011

Why Jamie Dimon Just Doesn't Get It

Jamie Dimon, the infamous CEO of JPMorgan Chase, is back to doing what he does best: defending the bankers of the 1% against the petulant 99%. "Acting like everyone who's been successful is bad and because you're rich you're bad, I just don't get it," he said at a recent ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

December 16th, 2011

Help NAACP End Voter Suppression

In 2012, we will work with NAACP to ensure every American has the ability to vote. Across the country, community activists are joining us in this effort. Please take a moment to read the blog below from Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of NAACP and watch the video. We're ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

November 30th, 2011

In the Lead: Rupert Murdoch and the Koch Brothers

Our vote on the 1% has been vigorous since it started last week, with thousands of people rating nominees representing Wall Street, dirty energy, war profiteering, and more. We're going to make videos exposing the ones our audience thinks are doing the most to exploit the 99% -- and so ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

November 29th, 2011

After the Deficit Committee, A New Propaganda Push from the War Profiteers

Since the deficit committee officially failed to produce a plan as of last week, expect the war profiteer spin to hit the fan. Here's an early warning of what to expect, courtesy of Reuters last week: Failure of a special congressional committee to strike a deficit-reduction deal is expected to ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

November 23rd, 2011

Top 5 Taxpayer Turkeys Fattening War Industry CEOs

Congress departs for the Thanksgiving holiday having left us a gift. With the deficit committee failing to produce a plan to cut the deficit and with across-the-board cuts now the default, there remains a real chance for us to untie the Congressional straightjacket and refocus the national conversation on sustainable ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

November 20th, 2011

Who's Wrecking America? Vote on the 1% Nominees (VIDEO)

The Occupy movement has drawn attention to how too many in the 1% get to play by their own rules while exploiting the 99%. But who's doing the most to damage our economy and democracy?  You tell us.   We at Brave New Foundation have launched a website where you can ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

November 8th, 2011

Are the Koch brothers denying your vote? (VIDEO)

Co-written by Robert Greenwald, President and founder of Brave New Foundation, and Judith Browne Dianis, co-Director of the Advancement Project. If you live in one of 38 states, billionaire political operatives Charles and David Koch are trying to influence your and your neighbors' constitutional right to vote. The Koch brothers ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

November 6th, 2011

Don't Let Obama take a Koch Check

Tens of thousands of Americans and citizens around the world have rightfully spoken out about the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a roughly 2,000 mile long development that would carve up six states and enrich the 1% even more.   Few personify the wealthiest 1% more than Charles and David Koch, who're ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

November 3rd, 2011

Who Are the 1%? You Tell Us

The Occupy movement has done more than anything in decades to highlight the corrosive effects of concentrated wealth on our economy and democracy. Indeed, seeing the 99% rise up in such inspirational fashion raises a question: Who exactly are the 1%? Or more specifically, who among them are abusing their ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

November 1st, 2011

Defeating David Koch in Palm Beach

David Koch does not own Palm Beach, it turns out.   Our film crew exposed the hypocrisy of the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and the public policies they fund and support. We wanted the Koch brothers to be honest about how their attacks on Social Security would benefit ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 27th, 2011

Meet the 0.01 Percent: War Profiteers

There's the top 1% of wealthy Americans (bankers, oil tycoons, hedge fund managers) and there's the top 0.01% of wealthy Americans: the military contractor CEOs.  If you've been following the War Costs campaign, you already know that these corporations are bad bosses, bad job creators and bad stewards of taxpayer ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 26th, 2011

Dear Koch brothers: will you be my guest in Arkansas?

I'd like to introduce David Bouie, who is fighting back against the Koch brothers as an important part of our Koch Brothers Exposed campaign. I want Charles and David Koch to come visit me first hand and see how their factory and pollution have hurt my neighbors. I have heard ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 18th, 2011

More Reports of Cancer Near Koch Brothers' Factory

Billionaire political donors Charles and David Koch aren't the only ones who saw our latest investigative film. Thousands of people have posted comments on our Facebook page and have offered additional testimony about the Koch brothers' pollution in their communities. In a smear campaign orchestrated in response to our investigation, ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 14th, 2011

Bursting Leon Panetta's Spending Spin Bubble (VIDEO)

Leon Panetta becomes Defense Secretary and suddenly he forgets his experience as a professor and environmentalist: military spending costs jobs compared to other ways of spending the money. Still, Panetta pressures Congress to slash other spending that actually creates jobs rather than trimming a bloated war budget that's strangling our ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 13th, 2011

Exposing the Koch brothers' polluted response

Billionaire political donors Charles and David Koch were among the tens of thousands of viewers of our latest investigative film, and they didn't like it.  Our film's protagonists, one of whom is a local minister named David Bouie, made personal appeals for a visit by the Koch brothers. The Kochs do ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 11th, 2011

Why Do These Koch Industries Neighbors Have Cancer? (VIDEO)

Our ongoing Koch Brothers Exposed video investigation has discovered something so tragic it will haunt Charles and David Koch for years to come. Is a Koch Industries factory getting away with murder? While the brothers wage war against safety precautions, every day their factory is dumping millions of gallons of ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 5th, 2011

Are the Koch brothers lying about the Keystone XL oil pipeline?

Billionaire political donors Charles and David Koch have long relied on deceptive tactics and aggressive denials to distance themselves from the dangerous Keystone XL pipeline- the almost 2,000 mile development linking Canadian tar sands fields to Texas oil refineries. Our Koch Brothers Exposed video investigation and persistently dogged reporting by ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 5th, 2011

OCCUPY Your City and Make History

The Occupy Wall Street protest is a full bore indictment against corporate greed and dysfunctional government. It's a demand for nation building here at home. People young and old are taking the streets, sleeping in tents, donating pizza, even publishing their own Occupy Wall Street Journal newspaper, to let our ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 4th, 2011

Hidden Koch Brother Abuse Exposed in the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Uncovered emails between lobbyists and oversight officials in the Obama administration reveal new pay-to-play tactics favored by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who donate millions to promote an anti-government agenda. The brothers stand to make a fortune from an international oil pipeline that's making headlines for its divisiveness ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 3rd, 2011

There Are Many More Koch Brother Secret Sins (VIDEO)

The Bloomberg news investigation into Charles and David Koch has uncovered unlawful and unpatriotic environmental crimes, political donations and business decisions benefiting Iran. There are so many secret sins committed by the Koch brothers no one story can cover it all. But this is the story everyone will be talking ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

September 29th, 2011

See Charles Koch Flip Flop on Social Security [VIDEO]

Charles and David Koch built an distortion machine to do their dirty work for them. Through think tanks, academic research, political donations and conservative media, the Koch brothers have steamrolled Americans into believing things that are false and into supporting policies that benefit the Koch brothers' profits. Social Security has ... continue reading

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