Koch Brothers Exposed, Outfoxed, Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, War on Whistleblowers, Rethink Afghanistan, Iraq For Sale and more are discussed with incendiary documentary director Robert Greenwald. In a conversation punctuated by clips and trailers from his highly influential films, we talk about the political impact of documentary, as well as the artistic decisions that go into making social messages emotional for a larger audience in this uncensored BYOD interview hosted by Ondi Timoner.
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BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.
Robert Greenwald turned to documentary filmmaking in 2002, inspired by pervasive voter rights abuses in the 2000 U.S. presidential election. He founded Brave New Films to support his documentary efforts with both traditional theatrical and TV distribution, as well as new media strategies. 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 Wars (2013) is BNF’s latest feature-length documentary.
00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
00:28 Welcoming Robert Greenwald.
02:43 OUTFOXED and house party screenings.
03:52 OUTFOXED, clip.
06:48 Jeremy Glick, Bill O’Reilly, and talking to Fox News & the left.
09:15 The decision to film in RETHINK AFGHANISTAN.
10:05 RETHINK AFGHANISTAN, clip.
12:53 Refugee camp lessons from Afghanistan and the underlying questions about US foreign policy.
16:20 Continuing involvement in issues after the film is made.
19:57 UNMANNED, Clip.
22:40 UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS.
23:30 Collaborative filmmaking and telling stories with people involved.
24:51 Screening in Pakistan and Brave New Educators.
28:43 IRAQ FOR SALE, RETHINK AFGHANISTAN, and the impact of KOCH BROTHERS EXPOSED.
32:01 WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS, clip,
33:36 WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS, and the legislation regarding whistleblowers.
37:44 Being challenged by the media.
40:58 KOCH BROTHERS EXPOSED, and KOCH BROTHERS 2014.
43:00 KOCH BROTHERS EXPOSED, clip.
45:30 Looking at the insidious influence of the Koch Brothers.
48:30 KOCH BROTHERS EXPOSED, Clip: Dirty energy and cancer.
52:35 EPA involvement and following up in communities impacted.
56:09 Thanks and goodbye.