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|Born||New Rochelle, NY, U.S.|
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, television director, television producer, screenwriter, television writer|
In 1993, Kenner produced The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal for National Geographic. 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.
Kenner received a Peabody Award, an Emmy, and a Grierson award for his 2005 film, Two Days in October. 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.
Kenner has also directed a number of award-winning commercials and corporate videos for eBay, Hewlett Packard, Hallmark, and others.
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. Food, Inc. won two Emmys as well as a Gotham award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. 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.
In 2015, Kenner released Merchants of Doubt inspired by Naomi Oreskes' and Erik Conway's book of the same name. The film explore how a handful of skeptics have obscured the truth on issues from Tobacco smoke, to toxic chemicals, to global warming. "The Nation" described Merchants of Doubt as "like a social-issues documentary by Samuel Beckett. You laugh as you contemplate everyone's doom".
Kenner is currently working on a film adaptation of Eric Schlosser's book, "Command and Control". The film is scheduled to be released in 2016.
- 65th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2006.
- "Merchants of Doubt director Robert Kenner delves into the world of skeptics-for-hire". Q on CBC Radio One, 10 March 2015