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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

September 27th, 2011

The Koch Brothers are at it again in public schools [VIDEO]

The student resegregation plan favored by industrialists Charles and David Koch has been a divisive flashpoint between school board members in Wake County, NC. The billionaire brothers continue trying to resegregate a widely celebrated school system, which sets the agenda for hundreds of communities across nationwide. The Koch brothers are ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

September 21st, 2011

Lockheed Martin's CEO Wants Your Social Security Check

The law that created the deficit committee also created a zero-sum game: Any expensive program that escapes the budget knife does so at the expense of cuts to other programs. If the military contractors succeed in keeping the war budget intact, they'll likely do so at the expense of Social ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

September 14th, 2011

Lost, Abused and Neglected for a Profit

Guillermo Gomez-Sanchez is a 50-year-old legal resident with a mental disability. In 2004, Gomez was detained because of a dispute at a grocery store over a bag of tomatoes. His detention led him into a labyrinth of abuse and neglect - in an immigration system that increasingly puts profit over ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

September 14th, 2011

The War Industry: Bad Job Creators, Bad Bosses, Bad Stewards of Tax Dollars

By Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe On Tuesday, the military contractors behind the “Second To None” campaign plead “no comment” to our War Costs campaign's full-page Politico ad exposing the economic damage caused by massive war budgets. The same day, they announced a press conference and the upcoming launch of ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

September 13th, 2011

Corrupt Contractors Make Their Move on the Deficit Committee

The new deficit commission is holding its first substantive meeting on Tuesday, and the military contractors are out in force to protect their profits. They'll be working to cash in on hundreds millions of dollars in campaign donations and lobbying spending, and they'll deploy their favorite (and bogus) "jobs" spin. ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

September 8th, 2011

The War Budget Is Burning Down Our Economy

President Obama will talk jobs tonight. Good. That's what we should have been talking about all year. Here's all thirty-four words of our suggested script for the speech:   "Good evening. To get American working again, we must cut our massive war budget and find better ways to spend that ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

September 7th, 2011

Will President Obama side with the Koch brothers or American families?

Charles Koch, one of our country's most prolific conservative donors, was recorded praising his oil, energy and Wall Street friends who contributed millions of dollars to his political causes. That Koch likely referred to President Obama as Saddam Hussein and framed the upcoming election as the "mother of all wars" ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 30th, 2011

Meet The New American Sweatshop

The professional carwash industry is a $23 billion enterprise, one which more and more Americans make use of every year. If you visited a carwash lately – which judging by the latest industry report you probably have or will in the near future – you may have noticed the fast ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 24th, 2011

Do the Koch Brothers Want A Toxic Disaster?

Koch Industries and its army of subsidiary corporations operate 57 chemical facilities in the U.S. and have fought in and out of Congress to avoid a comprehensive safety solution that would mitigate fallout from any natural and man-made disasters, according to a new investigation from Greenpeace. Even though the Koch ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 23rd, 2011

The Kochs are scared, and they've bought the web domains to prove it

Charles and David Koch, and their related businesses, have poured money into politicking across the country. In Wisconsin alone, they were Gov. Scott Walker's largest out-of-state contributor, and they famously bought all kinds of advertisements and electioneering courtesy of their Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity. They aren't done. The ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 20th, 2011

Are the Koch brothers afraid of the facts?

Charles and David Koch responded to our video, "Why do the Koch brothers want to end public education?" Friday night. They didn't like our video it seems. Our film was about the big-money and high-stakes school board election in Wake County, North Carolina. We were able to connect the dots ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 19th, 2011

Murdoch's Web of Corruption Continues To Demand An Independent Investigation

The story of News Corps ever unraveling corruption is still far from over. This week's revelations in the News Corp drama highlights the lies in the Murdochs' prior testimony to parliament, and demands that more questions be answered regarding who knew what and did what. At this point the level ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 18th, 2011

Enough With the Scare Tactics, Secretary Panetta

If you thought we were going to have a rational, fact-based debate about cuts to the out-of-control military budget in this country, think again. The Pentagon and their war industry allies are mounting an aggressive, fear-based campaign of hyperbole and spin to scare Congress away from cuts that could affect ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 17th, 2011

Seven Years After Outfoxed, Murdoch's Empire Continues Corruption

Seven years ago, Brave New Films and I exposed Rupert Murdoch's top down journalism at FOX News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. As recent news makes clear, Murdoch only has continued to lead a legacy of corrupting journalism and harming the ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 16th, 2011

Why didn’t Americans for Prosperity love our video?

The Koch brothers - founders of the Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity - were the subject of our latest investigative video, "Why Do the Koch Brothers Want to End Public Education?" AFP didn't much like it, and that's disappointing. With its extensive track record of influencing and supporting elections ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 15th, 2011

Want to see how the Kochs are ending public education?

The Koch brothers have more than $42 billion to make public policy out of their anti-government ideology, and their assault against public education epitomizes their tactics to remake our nation. The Koch brothers founded Americans for Prosperity and have contributed more than $5 million to its political coffers. Americans for ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 11th, 2011

War Budget Cuts Possible If We Counter Contractors' Multimillion-Dollar Campaign Spending

The deal worked out to allow a rise in the debt ceiling gives us our first real chance in more than a decade to make significant cuts to our country's out-of-control war budget, but we are going to have to fight for them. The war industry is already deploying their ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 10th, 2011

WI: The Kochs, Colbert And $ In Politics

Much of the nation watched last night with breath held, waiting to see the recall results in Wisconsin. In the end, two WI Senate Republicans were replaced with Democrats, falling short of the three needed to take control of the Senate. While this wasn't the outcome many hoped for, it ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 3rd, 2011

Outfoxed vs. Rupert Murdoch: Seven Years On

Seven years ago, Outfoxed exposed Rupert Murdoch's top down journalism at FOX News, and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. In the wake of Murdoch's NewsCorp scandal, and as we witness the widening impact of corporate dominance on media practices, it is even ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

July 29th, 2011

Koch Economics and their Debt Default Advantage

We are seeing the result of Koch Economics and what happens when a few tycoons accrue the billions necessary to invest in politicians, nonprofit foundations and ideological think thanks. Pay for active duty soldiers and veterans' benefits would freeze without raising the debt ceiling. Embassies, emergency assistance, IRS and all ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

July 26th, 2011

News Corp: a study in the failure of corporate self-regulation

What is the main lesson learned in the Murdoch scandal? That corporate conglomerate power run unregulated causes great public harm and lacks the checks and balances required for there to be any accountability. Given this, what would be the best way to investigate the criminal wrongdoings of such a conglomerate? ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

July 25th, 2011

Death For Profit

In March 2009, Roberto Martinez-Medina was detained and arrested for not having a driver's license or proof of legal status. Immediately after his arrest, Medina was sent to CCA's (Corrections Corporation of America) Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. Less than a month later Roberto Martinez-Medina was dead. During his ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

July 20th, 2011

The Murdochs must stop spinning and resign over the phone-hacking scandal

In 2004, I created Outfoxed to expose Rupert Murdoch's war on journalism. Focusing on Fox News, we examined how NewsCorp has long blurred the line between corporate interests and journalistic integrity. The film presented an in-depth look at the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

July 18th, 2011

Sarah Palin for Best Actress

Sarah Palin's movie opens with shots of celebrities like Matt Damon and Bill Maher wryly observing the oft repeated missive that she's basically unqualified for county dog catcher. We didn't want celebrities to be the only ones to have a chance to weigh in on Palin, nor did we want ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

June 22nd, 2011

Inside the Koch Brothers' Expensive Echo Chamber

Documents and interviews unearthed in recent months by Brave New Foundation researchers illustrate a $28.4 million Koch business that has manufactured 297 commentaries, 200 reports, 56 studies and six books distorting Social Security's effectiveness and purpose. Together, the publications reveal a vast cottage industry comprised of Koch brothers' spokespeople, front ... continue reading

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