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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

June 14th, 2011

PalinGate, too much Sarah Palin, Not Enough Substance

There's nothing funny about Sarah Palin or her influence on our democracy, but together we can use satire to make an impact and undermine her aura of authenticity and altruism. Brave New Films is out today with a People's Cut of Palin's upcoming movie, and you won't believe what she's ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

June 2nd, 2011

Senator Bernie Sanders Belongs on the Sunday Shows

"With a $1.6 trillion deficit," Sen. Bernie Sanders told Jon Stewart recently, "it is insane to think that the only way you're going to move toward a balanced budget is by slashing college Pell grants, by cutting Medicaid, by converting Medicare into a voucher program, by cutting programs that working ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 30th, 2011

Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Didn't Have To Die in Afghanistan

Written by Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe Memorial Day is a national holiday dedicated to remembering Americans killed in wartime. This year, unfortunately, we remember war dead who didn't have to die, and unless Congress and the president act, we'll remember more needless deaths next year. As of today, 1,516 ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 25th, 2011

1,500 Broken Promises from Afghanistan War Backers

With Memorial Day coming up, we should take a moment to consider something that's gone largely unremarked in the mainstream media: more than 1,500 troops have now died in a war the American people oppose. That's a national tragedy, and it's one Congress can mitigate by demanding a date certain ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 23rd, 2011

Sec. Clinton Has A Choice: Protect Americans or Profit The Kochs

There is a raging battle going on in this country over whether we use our resources to benefit the haves or to protect those who don't have as much as the most wealthy among us. We see this where tax cuts for the millionaires are required in order to continue ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 13th, 2011

NYC vs. Koch

We're on offense again, this time putting the spotlight on David Koch and denying him a chance to spend his millions on credibility and social status. We organized a flashmob in the heart of NYC. We projected four Koch Brothers Exposed videos on the facade of the David H. Koch ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 12th, 2011

Immigrants For Sale

Georgia is the latest state to pass an anti-immigrant bill like SB1070, with Governor Deal expected to sign it tomorrow. Georgia is also home to the largest private prison in the country. Coincidence? Not even close. It’s hardly a secret that private prison corporations like Corrections Corporation of America and ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 11th, 2011

David Koch Won't Answer How Many Homes He Owns

David Koch appeared pleased as House Speaker John Boehner escalated GOP attacks on the White House during a speech in New York City this week. Koch, after all, told reporters after the raid on Osama Bin Laden that the president is a "hardcore socialist" and that Obama is "scary to ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 10th, 2011

Pentagon to White House, American People on Afghanistan: Take a Hike

By Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe The Pentagon is working the press again, this time in support of a so-called withdrawal plan that would break a promise made to the American people by their president. According to The Wall Street Journal: "U.S. military officers in Afghanistan have drawn up preliminary ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 5th, 2011

With $42 Billion and 7 Homes, Why Are the Kochs Buying our Democracy?

The Koch brothers had plenty of places to party after their triumphs last November. They might've celebrated at any one of their multiple homes in five states worth a total of $105.9 million. And that's not including the Koch's two-story single family home that David Koch bought for his children ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 1st, 2011

Turning in Circles in Afghanistan

By Robert Greenwald and Derrick CroweDefense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters late last week that he thinks we may turn the corner at the end of this year in Afghanistan. Again. Turning the corner, or the tide, or the momentum, or what have you, has become a semi-annual ritual in ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

April 24th, 2011

What would Abbie Hoffman do to stop the Koch brothers?

He levitated the Pentagon, brought down Lyndon B. Johnson, shamed Richard Nixon, challenged Wall Street and pioneered a cultural revolution. Sometimes I still hear his Brooklyn meets Boston accent when I think about Abbie Hoffman, his family or his legacy. I directed "Steal This Movie" to capture what I consider ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

April 5th, 2011

How Much Are You Paying in Taxes for War This Year?

While millions of Americans are out of work or struggling to pay their bills, our government is spending billions of dollars a week on a war we don't support in Afghanistan. At no time is this more apparent than on Tax Day, which is coming up on April 18. Use ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 31st, 2011

Five Worst Things the Koch Brothers Have Done. Vote!

The billionaire Koch brothers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to gain political influence and change America. Their work and spending is driven by the goal of increasing their own profit through decreasing regulations. The expansive and diverse nature of their efforts makes it overwhelming to keep tabs of ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 21st, 2011

Why Do Politicians Want To Cut Jobs? Budget Cuts Equal Job Cuts.

We are in a painful recession. Too often it seems like DC hears more about the concern of billionaires who don't want to lose their tax cuts, and too little about the parent of two who works long hours and barely is getting by. And yet Congress votes on whether ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 10th, 2011

The Koch Brothers Exposed

Today Brave New Foundation announces our latest campaign. A campaign where we will take on one of the single greatest threats to our democracy: The Koch Brothers. With Outfoxed, we exposed the unbalanced propaganda that is Fox News. With Wal-Mart we uncovered the damage done to our country by the ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 2nd, 2011

Rethink the Cost of War With Us on March 12

The movement to end the Afghanistan War is gaining momentum, and on March 12, it will gain some more. In a little less than two weeks, supporters of Rethink Afghanistan (“Rethinkers”) will get together with their neighbors in hundreds of communities to talk about what can be done locally to ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 25th, 2011

Fire Lt. General Caldwell

By Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe The latest general to find himself excoriated in the pages of Rolling Stone, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, should resign immediately for using psychological operations, commonly known as "psy-ops" against U.S. lawmakers visiting Afghanistan. If he will not resign immediately, President Obama should fire him. ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 17th, 2011

Fed Up Americans Run First-Ever Anti-Afghanistan-War TV Ad

Americans of all ideological persuasions are fed up with the Afghanistan War. We're fed up with a $5.7 billion-per-month military campaign that's gone nowhere over the past 12 months. We're fed up with being told we'll have to do without vital public services because of the sorry state of our ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 7th, 2011

Damning New Report Shows U.S. Strategy Blocking Chance for Peace in Afghanistan

The new report from NYU’s Center for International Cooperation is a damning description of the U.S. policies in Afghanistan since 2001, and a warning that the escalated military strategy blocks the road to peace while making the Taliban more dangerous. Separating the Taliban from al-Qaeda: The Core of Success in ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

January 26th, 2011

Help Us Cast the Next Rethink Afghanistan Video

We need your help to pick the best comments from our "Because It's Time" wall to be used in the next Rethink Afghanistan video!We're approaching the one-year anniversary of the launch of President Obama's escalated military campaign in Afghanistan, so we here at Brave New Foundation decided we'd mark the ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

January 20th, 2011

Obama's War, One Year Later: 195 Million Say No to War

Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the launch of President Obama's escalated military campaign in Afghanistan. One year later, violence is still getting worse and costs are skyrocketing. After more than nine years, it's time to end this war. Take a strong public stand against the war by ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

January 16th, 2011

No Room for the Pentagon's Wars in Dr. King's Dream

This Monday, January 17th, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It's a day for us to celebrate one of the most important peacemaking heroes in our nation's history, and an appropriate moment to reflect on the power of nonviolent social activism motivated by love and a sense of justice. For ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

January 11th, 2011

Tell Joe Klein It's Stupid NOT to Get Out of Afghanistan

Joe Klein thinks you're stupid for wanting to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.Here's what he said on a recent CNN appearance: "I was on Ed Schultz' show to discuss Afghanistan...And the guy writes on a piece of paper, 'Get out now,' and holds it up on the screen. That's ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

January 8th, 2011

The History Channel Says No to JFK Doc

The History Channel chose to live up to their name today, by refusing to air a propaganda miniseries about President Kennedy, staring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes.Brave New Films has been in the fight to stop this series since before it went into production. The series was nothing but a ... continue reading

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