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Robert Kenner  

Documentary Filmmaker; Known for "Food, Inc."

Director Robert Kenner has won several awards and garnered rave reviews for his documentary work exposing some of today's least talked of, but most impactful, social and environmental issues. Considered a craftsman of documentaries, Kenner is also a powerful public speaker on environmental, social, health, and political issues.

His documentary, Food, Inc., was released to widespread acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival. Variety said Food, Inc. is "a civil horror movie for the socially conscious, the nutritionally curious and the hungry…Food, Inc. does for the supermarket what Jaws did for the beach." The film was then presented at the Berlin Festival and released in mid-2009.

Prior to his work on Food Inc., Kenner received a Peabody, Emmy, and Greirson Award for his film Two Days in October. The film examines two key events during the Vietnam Conflict, and how they shaped American's views of war. Blended archive footage and firsthand perspective make Two Days in October an insightful and personal account of the lives of American's during Vietnam.

In addition to directing several specials for National Geographic and The American Experience, a filmed company history for Hewlett Packard, and numerous commercials for eBay and Hallmark, Kenner also worked with Martin Scorsese on The Road to Memphis. The documentary was part of Scorsese’s The Blues Series and featured interviews with legendary blues guitarist B.B. King. Released to exceptional reviews, The Road to Memphis was called an "unadulterated gem" by Newsweek.

Speech Topics

Food, Inc: the Unseen World of American Food Production

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