Alexander Kronemer (born 19 June 1960, Pennsylvania, USA) is the co-founder and executive producer of Unity Productions Foundation. He is also a writer, lecturer, and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on religious diversity, Islam and cross-cultural understanding.
Kronemer received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from American University, Washington, D.C. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1982 and was honored with the "Most Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar" award. Three years later Kronemer went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University. At Harvard, he concentrated in the philosophy of religion and comparative religion, graduating in 1985.
Lecturer & Commentator
As a lecturer, Kronemer has delivered talks on religious diversity and Islam for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of State, FBI, the World Affairs Council, and the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Kronemer has also spoken at many universities including University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Cornell University, Yale University, Princeton University, and Penn State, and has addressed private corporations such as Nike, Aetna, and Walt Disney World.
Kronemer has made several appearances as a CNN commentator most notably during the network's historic live coverage of Hajj in 1998, which was broadcast to 400 million viewers. He has also been interviewed by prominent radio networks such as NPR and Voice of America.
Kronemer is also the Executive Producer of "The Noor Inayat Khan Story - Enemy of The Reich" which was produced by Unity Productions Foundation (UPF). The documentary is based on the real life of Noor. The very successful World Premiere was on 15 Feb 2014 in Washington DC and was attended by many celebrities, including many from the cast. The trailer is at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/732012028/enemy-of-the-reich-the-noor-inayat-khan-story
August 1986 to June 1989: The Refugee Education and Employment Program -- Upon completing his masters Kronemer accepted a position with the Refugee Education and Employment Program where he directed the training and job placement services for newly arrived Vietnamese, Cambodian, and former Soviet Union refugees. In an article published by the "Christian Science" in 2003, Kronemer describes his motives for having accepted the post by stating how, 'It was my moral duty to do what others had failed to do...'
November 1989 to May 1999: US Department of Labor -- After working with the refugees for three years Kronemer accepted a post in the US Department of Labor where he worked for ten years performing economic research and publishing its results. He also prepared several reports and briefings for the Commissioner for the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other senior staff members. In addition to research Kronemer also facilitated and led various project teams including one that insured the readiness of Y2K.
June 1999 to July 2000: US Department of State -- In the summer of 1999 Kronemer began serving as the Middle East Desk Officer for the Office of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. During this time he was also appointed as the US Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland and was instrumental in briefing senior State Department and White House Officials on issues related to Islam. Kronemer was awarded a written commendation for organizing the first State Department "Iftar Dinner" that was hosted by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright
July 2000 to Present: Co-founder and Executive Producer for Unity Productions Foundation -- In 2000 Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe cofounded the non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, Unity Productions Foundation with a mission of 'working for peace through media.' Alex is also the Executive Producer for all films produced by UPF. For his work Kronemer received the 2008 Interfaith Bridge Builders Award 'For Passionate Commitment to Inter-Religious Understanding through the Arts' by the Washington DC, Interfaith Council.
Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet – Competed August 2002 - '...candid, thoughtful, flowing, and visually stunning...' - Los Angeles Times
- PBS National Broadcast – December 2002
- Cine Special Jury Award- 2004
- Marharba Special Prize - 2005
Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain – Completed May 2007 - '...fascinating...' - Wall Street Journal
- PBS National Broadcast – August 2007
- Al Arabiya - 2007
- SBS Australia - 2007
- ZDF Germany –2007
- YLE Finland – 2007
- Al Jazeera – 2008
- History Channel Spain – 2009
- SRL Italy – 2009
- "Gold" Intermedia- Globe; Hamburg World Media Film Festival- 2008
- "Best Documentary"; ITV/ADC Peer Award, Documentary over 30 Minutes- 2008
- "Grand Goldie Film Award"; For Excellence in Film- 2007
Prince Among Slaves - Completed May 2007 - 'A lost African prince is found.' - Time
- PBS National Broadcast – February 2008
- Live Screenings:
- June 22 - Cincinnati
- August 5 - Dayton
- August 8 - New Brunswick, NJ
- October 6 - Chicago
- October 18 - Detroit
- October 27 - Charleston, WV
- November 2 - Philadelphia
- November 3 - Raleigh, NC
- November 17 - Dallas
- December 1 - San Francisco
- December 1 - Washington, DC
- December 8 - Indianapolis
- January 20 - Boston
- January 25 - Miami
- January 27 - Las Vegas
- January 30 - New York
- January 31 - Philadelphia
- January 31 - Tampa
- February 2 - Houston
- Film Festivals:
- American Black Film Festival – October 2007
- "Gold" Intermedia-Globe; Hamburg World Media Festival- 2008
- Telly Award- 2008
- "Best Documentary"- American Black Film Festival- 2007
- Cine Golden Eagle- 2007
- Grand Goldie Film Award- For Excellence in Film- 2007
On A Wing and a Prayer – Completed January 2008 - 'If there's any justice in the world, On a Wing and a Prayer will increase understanding of Muslim values' - New York Times
- PBS through American Public Television – May 2008
- Film Festivals:
- YLE Finland – 2008
- "Silver" Intermedia-Globe; Hamburg World Media Film Festival- 2008
- Telly Award- 2008
- Cine Golden Eagle Award- 2007
- Grand Goldie Film Award, For Excellence in Film - 2007
Allah Made Me Funny – Completed July 2008 - 'The title doesn't lie!' - New York Times
Talking Through Walls– Completed November 2008
- Executive Program Services – June 2009
Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think – Completed May 2009 - 'Inside Islam is an important film.' - Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright
- Executive Program Services – January 2010
- Al Arabiya – September 2009
- Cine Golden Eagle Award- 2009
- Grand Goldie Film Award, For Excellence in Film - 2009
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World - Completed July 2012 - 'Few documentaries parallel Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World as a means to gain insight into Muslims and their heritage' - Common Ground News Service
- PBS - July 7, 2012
- Al Hura - Forthcoming
Awards & Grants
In 2008, he was awarded the Interfaith Bridge Builders Award "For Passionate Commitment to Inter-Religious Understanding through the Arts."
Kronemer's work has been supported by numerous grants, including the World Economic Forum, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Packard Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Montgomery County Commission on the Humanities, and a Halberstam Writing Fellowship.:
'The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation' • Outreach Funding – 20,000 Dialogues – 2009, 2008
The El-Hibri Charitable Foundation • Production Funding – Inside Islam – 2009 • Production Funding – Prince Among Slaves – 2006 • Production Funding – Cities of Light – 2004 • Production Funding – Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet – 2002
One Nation, a Special Project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors • Outreach Funding – 20,000 Dialogues – 2008 • Production Funding – Allah Made Me Funny – 2007 • Production Funding – Talking Through – 2007 • Production Funding – On a Wing and a Prayer – 2007
U.S. Institute of Peace • Companion Website – Cities of Light – 2007
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting • Production Funding – Cities of Light– 2006 • Production Funding – Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet – 2004
The National Endowment for the Humanities • Production Funding – Prince Among Slaves – 2006, 2005 • Research and Development – Prince Among Slaves – 2004, 2003
The National Black Programming Consortium • Production Funding – Prince Among Slaves – 2005
The David and Lucille Packard Foundation • Production Funding – Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet – 2002
Carnegie Corporation • For a joint outreach project on Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet and Muslims, both airing on PBS (December 2002) – 2003
Kronemer has published essays in numerous newspapers and journals, including The Southern Quarterly, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News, Beliefnet.com, and The Washington Post. His articles have been included in several book anthologies, including the September 11 memorial book, Up From the Ashes (2001) and Wilber Prize winner, Taking Back Islam(2002).
- "Decoupling Crime and Identity after 9/11" - syndicated through Common Ground News Service, September 2011. Reprinted in several Pakistani newspapers including: The Daily Abtak, The Daily Aftab, Daily Gulf News, Takmeel Pakistan and Al Oamar.
- "What Islamists and Islamophobes don't want you to know," Washington Post, November 20, 2009
- "Obama's Cairo Speech: It's a Rorschach Test," Huffington Post, June 3, 2009
- "Islamic Spain: History's Refrain," Christian Science Monitor, August 22, 2007
- "Prince Among Slaves: A Documentary Film Project," Southern Quarterly, 2007
- Passion Transformation," Belief Net, March 10, 2004
- "A Personal Saigon," Christian Science Monitor, October 16, 2003
- "Islam and Democracy," in Talking Back Islam (Rodale Press, 2002)
- "Understanding Muhammad," Christian Science Monitor, December 9, 2002
- "What Muhammad Would say about Terrorism," in From The Ashes: A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America (Rodale Press, 2001)
- "Of Fathers and Songs," Washington Post, June 10, 1997
- "Aung San Suu Kyi Speaks to America," Christian Science Monitor, June 9, 1997
- "The Bible as a Model for Democracy," Christian Science Monitor, January 28, 1997
- "The Best Years of Our Lives," Washington Post, May 10, 1996.
- Prince Among Slaves Trailer & Teaser
- Cities of Light Clip
- Eagle or Ostrich Trailer
- PBS Website on Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
- Prince Among Slaves National Endownment for Humanities Article
Full text articles
- A Personal Saigon, Christian Science Monitor. Oct. 16, 2003.
- Understanding Muhammad, Christian Science Monitor. Dec. 9, 2002.
- Of Fathers and Sons: Through My Own Boys, Finding the Love I Missed Out On, Washington Post. June 10, 1997.
- Steel Towns Face Anxiety, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Jan. 22, 1995.
- What Muhammad Would Say About Terrorism Beliefnet.com.
- Other articles by Alex Kronemer