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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 19th, 2013

The entire leadership of our tribe was wiped out, over 40 civilians killed by your drones. Why would youkill our elders who were meeting peacefully

In the fall of last year I travelled to Pakistan.  Reports of civilian drone casualties were beginning to permeate though American news outlets, prompting myself, and Brave New Foundation, to launch a full-length documentary investigation into the claims coming out of the tribal regions.  In interview after interview I heard the stories ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 27th, 2013

This Easter, Religious Leaders Join Forces to Denounce U.S. Drone Policy

Today, Brave New Foundation released a short video documenting religious leaders coming out against the use of Just War Theory to defend President Obama’s drone policy.</p> Franciscan Friar Joe Nangle said it well:</p> "How can we hold our heads high when remote-controlled, killer aircraft like drones are raining death and ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 12th, 2013

Brennan Exposed

I went to Pakistan this fall and spoke with Pakistani officials, legal experts, public health officials, and journalists to hear, document, and learn more on the drone policy that has now garnered national attention. Prior to the CIA Director Nomination Hearing where John Brennan discussed the use and analysis of drone use ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

December 3rd, 2012

U.S. Drone Strikes Are Causing Child Casualties: Video and Report

During my recent trip to Pakistan as part of our upcoming documentary film, Drones Exposed, I was struck most by the stories told to me by children who had experienced a U.S. drone strike firsthand. The impact of America’s drone war in the likes of Pakistan and Yemen will linger on, ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 25th, 2012

This DEA Agent Went To Mexico To Beat The Drug Cartels. It Didn't Turn Out Well.

Co-authored by Jesse Lava Sean Dunagan went to Monterrey, Mexico, to crack down on drugs. As an intelligence analyst for the Drug Enforcement Administration, he wanted to bring down the cartels and other trafficking organizations. He brought his family with him because Monterrey seemed like a peaceful, vibrant place to ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 16th, 2012

Koch Brothers: We're Victims

Co-authored by Jesse Lava In the wake of Mitt Romney's griping that 47% of the country is mooching off rich folks like him, Charles and David Koch are now suggesting that they, too, are victims. The billionaire Koch brothers and their aptly-named political strategist Rich Fink spoke publicly about the ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 30th, 2012

Meet the industry that makes the Koch brothers look poor (VIDEO)

Co-authored by Jesse Lava When will the United States start thinking beyond bars? This nation is now spending over $200 billion a year on a justice system that locks up more people than any country on earth. We have more prisoners than China. More than Russia. More than anyone. This ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 22nd, 2012

The Koch Brothers Must Have LOVED Monopoly As Kids

The Koch brothers don't just have a gazillion luxury homes and boats. They've been using their wealth to shut out the voices of the 99% -- pledging to spend at least $100 million on the 2012 elections. The pro-corporate policies they favor are, of course, antithetical to the public interest. ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

July 17th, 2012

With needed defense cuts on the horizon, industry forces rev up the propaganda machine

Co-authored by John Amick You know it’s a big moment for defenders of the United States’ bloated military budget when some of the all-time superstars of the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex descend on Capitol Hill to fight for their perceived right to profit. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to address ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

June 8th, 2012

The Kochs’ Double Whammy

If any doubt was left about the power of big money in our politics, the Wisconsin election destroyed it. Charles and David Koch goosed Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign with $10 million through their front group Americans for Prosperity, $1 million through the Republican Governors Association, and more from members of ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 21st, 2012

Charles Koch + Roger Ailes = Ohio University?

Why would the esteemed Ohio University host a talk by the likes of Roger Ailes? Maybe we should ask one of the talk's patrons, Charles Koch. Ailes, of Fox News fame, is giving his talk today. The guy who invited him says the point was to get "perhaps the most ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

April 27th, 2012

You Can Be A Patriot or a Profiteer...But You Can't Be Both.

Co-authored by Derrick Crowe This week, the three military contractors that do the most business with the Pentagon announced their quarterly profits for 2012. Their profits continue to grow while they push Washington, D.C. to protect their budgets at the expense of the rest of us. Here’s the breakdown so ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

April 17th, 2012

Time for Kochs to Resign from ALEC

Co-authored by Jesse Lava Charles and David Koch appear to be pushing their right-wing ideology to the bitter end. And it’s time for Americans to stop helping them. The Koch brothers are major backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate front group that drafts “model legislation” for ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

April 10th, 2012

Top Ten Koch Facts

Co-authored by Jesse Lava Everyone seems to be investigating Charles and David Koch lately, with exposés of their corrupt political behavior popping up in places like the New Yorker, AlterNet, ThinkProgress, and Brave New Foundation’s film Koch Brothers Exposed. Naturally, the billionaire brothers don’t like the attention, so they’re responding ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

April 3rd, 2012

Don’t Koch Block the Debate

With my new film Koch Brothers Exposed set for release, the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch are doing everything they can do hide their behavior. First they got their lawyer to fire off a menacing letter that all but threatened news organizations that dare to cover the film’s content. ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 31st, 2012

Kochs, Lies, and Videotape

This week as I premiered my new film, Koch Brothers Exposed -- the result of a year-long investigation on how two billionaires are using their wealth to corrupt democracy -- Koch Industries has launched an attack on the film and me. The Kochs intimidate, they menace; they have a letter ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 26th, 2012

Koch Brothers v. Health Reform

By Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava Do all roads lead to Koch? Conservative activists will rally at the Supreme Court tomorrow to encourage the overturn of the Affordable Care Act. The “Hands Off My Health Care” protest—which will feature the likes of Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Sens. Jim DeMint and ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 16th, 2012

In Afghanistan, the Dam Breaks

Co-authored by Derrick Crowe The news just keeps getting worse in Afghanistan for the United States. Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project has warned for years that the premises of a counterinsurgency there were unrealistic and unworkable, and the ability of a handful of bad actors to completely seize control ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 12th, 2012

Would a Koch Takeover of Cato Make War with Iran More Likely?

Co-Authored by Jesse Lava The drumbeat for war in Iran is getting louder, but opposition is coming from a seemingly unlikely source: the Cato Institute. This libertarian think tank generally sides with the Right, but it has long shown an independent streak, sometimes bucking conservative orthodoxy on civil liberties, the ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 8th, 2012

How to Honor Rush Limbaugh on International Women's Day (VIDEO)

Co-Authored by Jesse Lava As of this writing, 49 sponsors have pulled out of the Rush Limbaugh show after his repeated demeaning remarks about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. But of course, this isn't the first time Rush has slandered women. Or the second. Or the fifth. Or the tenth. ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 6th, 2012

Would the Kochs rather attack me than stop cancer? (VIDEO)

My filmmaking team and I recently told the story of the small town of Crossett, Arkansas, where residents are giving powerful testimony about the prevalence of cancer in their community and linking it to a nearby chemical plant owned by Charles and David Koch. This revelation came on top of ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 1st, 2012

Are the Koch Brothers Funding Rush Limbaugh?

By Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava Just in time for the release of Brave New Foundation's new film, Koch Brothers Exposed, Rush Limbaugh has thrown in with Charles and David Koch in their letter war with Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. No surprise there; Rush has made his fortune defending ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 28th, 2012

Sorry's Not Good Enough in Afghanistan. Here's Why.

This article was co-authored by Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe As violence continues following the burning of Korans by ISAF in Afghanistan, insiders in Washington, D.C. and in the media are wasting quite a bit of breath asking the rhetorical question, "Why aren't the apologies working?" Military commanders in Afghanistan ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 16th, 2012

How Does the 1% Exploit America? Find Out in 1 Minute (VIDEO)

Even in an Occupy world, most Americans don't know exactly how the 1% does what it does. The mainstream media hasn't explained it, and the 1% likes things that way. That's why we've created a new video series unmasking those in the 1% who are exploiting the 99%--name by name, ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 10th, 2012

VIDEO: Lobbyist Poses as Mechanic in Anti-Union Super Bowl Ad

America just got rickrolled. There we were last week, innocently partaking in the annual testosterone-fest that is the Super Bowl, when we were treated to an ad featuring a group of supposed auto mechanics lamenting that they never voted for the union they’re in. But look closely. One of these ... continue reading

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Mar 21st
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Mar 19th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko' www.youtube.com

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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...

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