By Jack Jodell, May 4, 2011
Today, I begin a new intermittent series devoted to great progressive voices of our day. These are people who are often overlooked, marginalized, or outright ignored by our pathetic corporatist mainstream media. They are voices of passion, who genuinely care about our society. They are dissatisfied with the here and now and are devoted to building a better world by appealing to our better instincts of fairness and common decency rather than our baser ones of greed and sensationalism. They are MY heroes. I’m sure they will also become yours!
ROBERT GREENWALD is the owner and creator of BRAVE NEW FILMS, an independent film company which produces films dealing with government corruption, political figures, and business malfeasance, among many other topics. Owen Gleiberman, writing in Entertainment Weekly, has said, “With little fanfare, Robert Greenwald has become one of the most incisive activist filmakers in America.”
Greenwald, a native of New York City, was born in 1943. He went to school at the High School of Performing Arts, and afterward directed a number of plays. He migrated to Los Angeles in 1977 and began a successful career directing various TV shows. He soon received an Emmy nomination for his production of the television movie 21 Hours at Munich which dealt with the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. He directed O;ivia Newto John in 1980’s Xanadu, and also produced and directed the biography of 1960s radical Abbie Hoffman, called Steal This Movie! (2000). He then began to make a long series of issues-oriented political documentaries.
He started Brave New Films as a vehicle to educate, influence, and empower people to take action on important issues. He has produced scores of exposes over the years and has been the recipient of many industry awards, among them the American Film Institute’s Producer of the Year Award (2002), the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy’s City of Justice Award (2005), Liberty Hill’s Upton Sinclair Award (2006).
A number of short viral movies he has made for the internet have been immensely popular and have been viewed more than 45 million times! To get a glimpse at the stunning array of titles he has produced over the years, visit his Brave New Films website at http://bravenewfilms.org/. A partial list of his amazing catalog is listed below:
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism
The Real McCain
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers
Sick for Profit
Stuck on Stupid: Big Oil Says NO to Green Jobs
Anthem Blue Cross: Screwing Californians for Profits
Henry Kravis Makes $51,369 PER HOUR. You Pay More Taxes
Who’s Keeping Burger King Workers In Poverty?
Take the “For Sale” Sign Off the Capitol Lawn!
Rather than watching endless, nonsensical “Seinfeld” or “Family Guy” reruns, why not visit his site and take in some intelligent and factual fare for a change? Believe me, you’ll be glad you did!
Robert Greenwald, a man of great conscience and integrity, once said about his film on Wal-Mart: “Our goal isn’t to close Wal-Mart down. It is to make it a better, more humane company toward its employees and the community it is in.”
That is a good example of what we as progressives should be doing. We, too, must speak truth to power. We, too, must challenge or boycott those who put individual or corporate profit or self-interest far in front of the common good!
UP NEXT: AMY GOODMAN