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Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films (BNF), is an award-winning television, feature film and documentary filmmaker. He has produced and/or directed more than 50 TV movies and miniseries. including The Burning Bed (1984), starring Farrah Fawcett and  A Woman of Independent Means (1995), starring Sally Field; as well as the feature films Steal This Movie (2000), starring Vincent D'Onofrio as 60's radical Abbie Hoffman, andBreaking Up (1997), starring Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek. 

Greenwald turned to documentary filmmaking in 2002, inspired by pervasive voter rights abuses in the 2000 U.S. presidential election. He found audiences eager for substantive investigations of social issues, told through personal stories, and chose to bypass the usual gatekeepers by devising creative means of distribution, first through house parties, and ultimately through the Internet and social media. The documentaries produced by Brave New Films have been streamed across all seven continents and have been viewed over 70 million times and counting.  

At BNF, Greenwald has produced and directed eight full-length documentaries and over a dozen short videos, uncovering corporate abuse, the military industrial complex, the unbridled political influence of billionaires, and the unfair and unbalanced tactics of Fox News.  His full-length features include; Uncovered: The War on Iraq (2004); Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004); Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005) Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006); Rethink Afghanistan (2009); Koch Brothers Exposed (2012); and War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (2013).  Unmanned: America’s Drone War(2013) is BNF’s latest feature-length documentary.

Greenwald is the recipient of many awards and accolades, including a Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation, the Peacemaker Award from the Physicians for Social Responsibility, the City of Justice award from LAANE, the 2007 Norman Felton and Denise Aubuchon Humanitarian Award, and Liberty Hill Foundation’s Upton Sinclair Award.  Greenwald was honored in 2013 by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California for his activism and also received the 2001 Peabody Award and the 2002 American Film Institute Producer of the Year award.  His films have garnered 25 Emmy nominations.

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  • commented 2015-02-20 17:14:58 -0800
    As one of the organizers of the Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival, I would like to invite Mr. Greenwald to speak at a screening of “Unmanned Americas Drone Wars” at the Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building, in the last week of April 2015. The screening will be hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars “Bill Motto” Post 5888. The tasks put before American men and women in the military services is sometimes traumatizing. We will look at the work of drone operators and consider whether the fruits of their labor are to our benefit. Our intent is to let the film makers explain to the audience what they learned as they went through the process of creating the film..