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Bryan Fogel    

Academy Award-Winning Film Director, Producer, Author & Playwright, Known for "Jewtopia" & "Icarus"

Bryan Fogel is an American film director, producer, author and playwright best known for directing the Oscar-winning 2017 documentary thriller ICARUS. The film follows Fogel and the renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program. Fogel helped Rodchenkov navigate the crisis by assisting with legal counsel, immigration advice, coordination with the FBI, CIA, and the DOJ and ultimately, the hopeful political asylum of Dr. Rodchenkov. In exposing a conspiracy that spanned more than four decades, Fogel revealed and intricately documented the biggest international sports scandal in living memory.

In December 2017, the IOC banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics, citing, in addition to sworn testimony and forensic evidence, the revelations set forth in ICARUS. It is the most wide-ranging punishment ever meted out by the IOC on a participating nation, let alone a powerhouse of the Olympic movement. For a nation where sports is a war without weapons, it is a stunning blow to national pride.

ICARUS was named Best Documentary Feature at the 2018 Academy Awards and garnered NETFLIX their first OSCAR. The film also won the first-ever Special Jury Orwell Award at Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award at Sundance London. ICARUS has received many other accolades including the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding journalism, a nomination for the British Academy Awards (BAFTA), Three Primetime EMMY Nominations, a Critic’s Choice Award, and Fogel was personally nominated for Best Director by the Directors Guild of America.

Fogel has appeared among others on ABC’s Nightline, Charlie Rose, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Joe Rogan Experience, CNN, ESPN, and The View, and has been featured in publications around the globe.

Fogel began his career in Hollywood pursuing stand-up comedy and acting. Fogel, in partnership with Sam Wolfson, developed, co-wrote, and initially starred in the play Jewtopia, an off-Broadway comedy about the dating lives of two young men seeking Jewish women. It is one of the longest-running and fastest-recouping productions in Off-Broadway history. He also co-authored the book Jewtopia: The Chosen Guide for the Chosen People, and directed, co-wrote and produced the feature film adaptation of Jewtopia which was released in 2013. The film won the audience choice award of the 2012 Malibu International Film Festival.

He is an avid amateur cyclist and has participated in Haute Route. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Speech Topics


Team leadership and risk assessment

The Art and Business of Effective Directing

From Jewtopia to ICARUS and Winning the Academy Award

The Incredible and Inspirational True Story of Pursuing your Dreams, your Passions, and Overcoming Adversity Against all Odds and Incredible Risk

ICARUS

The True Story Behind the Russian Doping Scandal and Corruption

News


'Jewtopia,' a Comedy Directed by Bryan Fogel - NYTimes.com

In "Jewtopia," a young man asks a childhood friend to help him "act Jewish" so he can romance the girl of his dreams.

'Jewtopia': Movie review - NY Daily News

What we actually learn from Bryan Fogel's broad comedy “Jewtopia” is that Christian guys are dumb, into NASCAR and love to hunt. Their women exist solely to ...

Jewtopia: Film Review - Hollywood Reporter

A Gentile pretends to be Jewish in this romantic comedy based on the hit stage play by director Bryan Fogel and screenwriter Sam Wolfson. Its title all too ...

Jewtopia (2013) Pictures, Trailer, Reviews, News, DVD and ...

Director. Bryan Fogel. Producer. Andy Fickman, Pavlina Hatoupis, Courtney Mizel. Screenwriter. Bryan Fogel, Sam Wolfson ...

'Jewtopia' film coming to South Florida - Sun Sentinel

Bryan Fogel, producer, director and co-writer for the film, thinks South Florida is a perfect place to show the film. "I'm obviously very excited about it and hopefully ...

Los Angeles : Jewtopia

In Brian Fogel's new romantic comedy Jewtopia, mixed signals are the order of the day, both from the characters to each other and from the movie to the ...

Movie review: Taking offense to stereotype-ridden 'Jewtopia ...

Movie review: Bryan Fogel's unfunny, offensive 'Jewtopia' adaptation of the stage hit, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ivan Sergei and Joel David Moore, has more ...

Los Angeles : Jewtopia

In Brian Fogel's new romantic comedy Jewtopia, mixed signals are the order of the day, both from the characters to each other and from the movie to the ...

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