GREAT PROGRESSIVE VOICES (Part I)

By Jack Jodell, May 4, 2011

Today, I begin a new intermittent series devoted to great progressive voices of our day. These are people who are often overlooked, marginalized, or outright ignored by our pathetic corporatist mainstream media. They are voices of passion, who genuinely care about our society. They are dissatisfied with the here and now and are devoted to building a better world by appealing to our better instincts of fairness and common decency rather than our baser ones of greed and sensationalism. They are MY heroes. I’m sure they will also become yours!

ROBERT GREENWALD is the owner and creator of BRAVE NEW FILMS, an independent film company which produces films dealing with government corruption, political figures, and business malfeasance, among many other topics. Owen Gleiberman, writing in Entertainment Weekly, has said, “With little fanfare, Robert Greenwald has become one of the most incisive activist filmakers in America.”

Greenwald, a native of New York City, was born in 1945. He went to school at the High School of Performing Arts, and afterward directed a number of plays. He migrated to Los Angeles in 1977 and began a successful career directing various TV shows. He soon received an Emmy nomination for his production of  the television movie 21 Hours at Munich which dealt with the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. He directed O;ivia Newto John in 1980’s Xanadu, and also produced and directed the biography of 1960s radical Abbie Hoffman, called Steal This Movie! (2000). He then began to make a long series of issues-oriented political documentaries.

He started Brave New Films as a vehicle to educate, influence, and empower people to take action on important issues. He has produced scores of exposes over the years and has been the recipient of many industry awards, among them the American Film Institute’s Producer of the Year Award (2002), the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy’s City of Justice Award (2005), Liberty Hill’s  Upton Sinclair Award (2006).

A number of short viral movies he has made for the internet have been immensely popular and have been viewed more than 45 million times! To get a glimpse at the stunning array of titles he has produced over the years, visit his Brave New Films website at http://bravenewfilms.org/. A partial list of his amazing catalog is listed below:

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism
The Real McCain
Rethinking Afghanistan
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers
Sick for Profit
Stuck on Stupid: Big Oil Says NO to Green Jobs
Anthem Blue Cross: Screwing Californians for Profits
Henry Kravis Makes $51,369 PER HOUR. You Pay More Taxes
Who’s Keeping Burger King Workers In Poverty?
Take thw “For Sale” Sign Off the Capitol Lawn!

Rather than watching endless, nonsensical “Seinfeld” or “Family Guy” reruns, why not visit his site and take in some intelligent and factual fare for a change? Believe me, you’ll be glad you did!

Robert Greenwald, a man of great conscience and integrity, once said about his film on Wal-Mart: “Our goal isn’t to close Wal-Mart down. It is to make it a better, more humane company toward its employees and the community it is in.”

That is a good example of what we as progressives should be doing. We, too, must speak truth to power. We, too, must challenge or boycott those who put individual or corporate profit or self-interest far in front of the common good!

UP NEXT: AMY GOODMAN

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About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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6 Responses to GREAT PROGRESSIVE VOICES (Part I)

  1. Norman says:

    Thank you Jack for this post. I’m aware of the name, but didn’t realize his extent. Not a good sign for the likes of me, but then, it’s what is going on today that matters. When I think that perhaps I should add something here, I’m humbled by those of you who really are into sharing your knowledge. I suppose that reads as a cop out, but gosh, to this old man, it makes me feel like I’m walking in the foot steps of giants. Thanks again for the post.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Norman,
      I’m glad you got something out of this, and your comments always indicate you are a thoughtful man. As for “walking in the footsteps of giants” goes, I can assure you there’s nothing giant about me. I am legally blind and I’ve been unemployed since the start of ’09 due to mistakes made by Republicans prior to that, and even before I was a man of very modest means. I think what all of us who blog and comment here share is a passion for trith, fairness, and justice, and there’s no need for anybody (except lying conservative Republicans) to feel intimidated with that. Keep on reading and commenting, Norman – we love ya for it! 🙂

    • oso says:

      Norman,
      I think Jack is too modest, and at risk of embarrassing him – Jack is without peer as far as researching a topic goes, and that also goes for his ability to put that research to paper in a readable and enjoyable format!

      On the other hand – he is a Vikings fan.

      • jackjodell53 says:

        Oso,
        You are very kind, but I’m done with the Vikings. They are nothing but an overpaid bunch of underachieving prima donnas. I hate the Packers too.

        • osori says:

          I hate the Packers as well, Jack. I work with a rabid teabagger, whose love for Beck is exceeded only by his love for the Packers.

  2. Gwendolyn H. Barry says:

    Good stuff Jack! I learned yet again! Looking forward to the next.

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