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Robert Kenner

Festival Special Guest/ Producer/director/ co-writer of Command and Control

Robert Kenner has won an array of awards and garnered rave reviews for his documentary work exposing some of today’s least talked of, but most impactful, social and environmental issues. His film FOOD, INC. was nominated for an Academy Award and won two Emmys. His most recent documentary, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT, inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, lifted the curtain on a secretive group of silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. Kenner received Peabody, Emmy, and Grierson Awards for his AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film, TWO DAYS IN OCTOBER, an insightful examination of two key events during the Vietnam Conflict and how they shaped Americans’ views of the war.  Other films for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE include INFLUENZA 1918, JOHN BROWN’S HOLY WAR, and WAR LETTERS. Kenner was also co-filmmaker with Richard Pearce on THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS for Martin Scorsese’s series, THE BLUES. In addition, Kenner has directed a number of specials for HBO and National Geographic, including the award-winning and inspirational DON’T SAY GOODBYE.  Kenner has also directed a number of award-winning commercials and corporate videos for eBay, Hewlett Packard, Hallmark, and others.