Robert Kenner

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Robert Kenner
Born New Rochelle, NY, U.S.
Occupation Film director, film producer, television director, television producer, screenwriter, television writer
Years active 1971–present

Robert Kenner is an American film and television screenwriter, television director, film director, film producer, and television producer.

In 1993, Kenner produced The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal for National Geographic Channel. The following year he directed and produced Russia’s Last Tsar for National Geographic and PBS. In 1996 Kenner directed and produced America’s Endangered Species: Don’t Say Goodbye, which received the Strand Award for Best Documentary from the International Documentary Association.

Kenner began a long association with the award-winning PBS documentary series American Experience in 1998. His films for the series include Influenza: 1918, War Letters and John Brown's Holy War.

In 2003, Kenner worked as co-filmmaker with Richard Pearce on The Road to Memphis for Martin Scorsese’s series, The Blues. Newsweek called the film, “the unadulterated gem of the Scorsese series.”

Kenner received a Peabody Award, an Emmy, and a Grierson award for his 2005 film, Two Days in October.[1] The film examines two key events during the Vietnam War and how they shaped Americans’ views of the conflict. The film was Kenner’s last for American Experience.

In 2008, Kenner produced and directed the documentary film, Food, Inc., which examines the industrialization of the American food system and its impacts on workers, consumers, and the environment. Variety wrote that Food Inc “does for the supermarket what Jaws did for the beach.”

In 2011, Kenner released When Strangers Click for HBO. The film was nominated for an Emmy.

Kenner has also directed a number of award-winning commercials and corporate videos for eBay, Hewlett Packard, Hallmark, and others.

In 2012, Kenner launched FixFood, a social media action project that uses videos and campaigns designed to engage the public in measures to improve the food system.

Kenner's latest project is a film adaption of the book Merchants of Doubt.[2] It went into general release in the US on March 6, 2015, after showings at film festivals in 2014.


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