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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

January 6th, 2011

Wall Street Attacks Your Garbage Collector

The wealthy right wing have always liked to pick on the working class. And now Wall Street wants to blame Main Street for the financial crisis our country is in. Big bankers taking home large bonuses are blaming the childcare workers and parking-meter collectors in this country, saying that their ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

December 15th, 2010

Failure, Not Progress, in Afghanistan

written by Robert Greenwald and Derrick CroweOn Thursday, December 16, 2010, the White House will use its December review to try to spin the disastrous Afghanistan War plan by citing "progress" in the military campaign, but the available facts paint a picture of a war that's not making us safer ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

December 1st, 2010

What do Snooki, Hugh Hefner and the Bush Tax Cuts Have in Common?

This video highlights some of the craziness around what extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans could mean in terms of spending. The average amount these tax cuts would give is $80,000, which would allow a rich American to hire the entire staff of the Jersey Shore to ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

November 15th, 2010

Thank You, Alan Grayson

Written by Robert Greenwald and Tanene AllisonAlan Grayson was a hero for progressive politics in Congress. On November 2nd he lost his seat in the House. Watch this video tribute and join us in thanking Alan Grayson for his fearless work.Share your stories of how Grayson inspired and affected you.We ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

November 11th, 2010

This Veterans Day, Honor Those Who Say "No" to Immoral War

November 11 is Veterans Day, the 10th Veterans Day since the Afghanistan War began. The burden of this brutal, futile war falls heaviest on a very small slice of the population: military members and their families. Many of them consider this war immoral, but their rights to object to fighting ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

November 10th, 2010

PacMan vs. Palin? You Betcha!

Have an electoral hangover?We've been coping by playing Brave New PacMan -- that's Progressive Against Conservatives Man.Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly call YOU out by name and you won't believe what they say! Reignite your progressive passion by showing them what you got. We don't want ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 18th, 2010

Is Carly Fiorina Really Sarah Palin?

'I support offshore drilling.' With this position, Carly Fiorina is falling in line with her 'Drill, Baby, Drill' comrades and continues her work to become the Sarah Palin of California.In the latest video from Brave New Films, Carly shows us her history of supporting those who want to drill in ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 16th, 2010

VIDEO: Fiorina Is A Job Killer

written by Robert Greenwald and Tanene AllisonIn these economic times, California needs to focus on the creation of jobs.Brave New Films has released the latest video in our series on Carly Fiorina, this video focuses on her record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.Carly Fiorina likes to tout her business experience from ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 6th, 2010

The Afghanistan War's Tenth Year Must Be Its Last

October 10, 2010 starts year ten of the Afghanistan War. Almost a decade of war in one of the most unforgiving terrains in the world, for ends we can't define. Can anyone name a single way in which this war still serves the national interest, if it ever did? We ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 4th, 2010

Katie Couric Needs to Get the Facts on Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Written with Derrick CroweKatie Couric needs to get all of the information on the situation of women in Afghanistan. You've probably heard of Time Magazine's outrageous, pro-Afghanistan-War propaganda cover art. If you missed it, Time ran an image of a woman whose nose was cut off next to the headline, ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

July 17th, 2010

Movement to Rethink the Afghanistan War Gains Traction

This week's Newsweek cover leads with the title, "Rethinking Afghanistan" and features an essay from Richard Haass at the Council on Foreign Relations, warning that the war isn't worth the cost and the current policy isn't working. It's gratifying to see the message that Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan campaign ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

June 22nd, 2010

McChrystal Must Resign

For insubordination, for disrespecting the Office of the President of the United States and for allowing derision of the White House among his staff, General Stanley McChrystal must resign. McChrystal has been summoned from Afghanistan to explain derisive comments and insubordination detailed in a new Rolling Stone article by Michael ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

June 7th, 2010

VIDEO: It's Always a Bad Year to Get Out of Afghanistan

On Monday, June 7, 2010, the Afghanistan War will complete its 104th month, replacing Vietnam as the longest war in U.S. history.That's an incredible investment of blood and treasure, and one that deepens by the minute. We're spending $1 million per troop, per year in Afghanistan. To date, Congress has ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 9th, 2010

This Mother's Day, Tear Up Those Hallmark Cards

Some of you (you know who you are) will be doing some last-minute combing through the greeting card section at the local pharmacy tomorrow morning to find just the right card and envelope to express your love and affection for Mom. While you're doing that, I have a challenge for ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 15th, 2010

Come Chat With the New WH Chief of Staff, Michael Moore

When I first heard the title of Michael Moore's new movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, I laughed out loud. I already felt Michael was on to something. And then, the economy collapsed. A decade of wealth, gone. The words "economic depression" dancing around the edges of news stories. I really ... continue reading

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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