Prior to directing Food, Inc., Robert Kenner received the 2006 Peabody, the Emmy for exceptional merit in Non-Fiction Film-Making, and the Greirson (British Documentary) for his previous film Two Days in October. Two Days is characteristic of Kenner's keen sense of authenticity and his passionate quest to present the truth. His brilliant interviews highlight a director who creates a compassionate atmosphere for his subjects to reveal their intimate stories. The Boston Globe review noted that, "If you could watch only one program to grasp what the Vietnam War did to the U.S….Two Days…would be a great choice…. It is profound."
Robert's other notable work includes his co-filmmaking endeavor on the Martin Scorsese documentary, The Blues Series. His The Road to Memphis included interviews with legendary B.B.King. Newsweek called it, as fine a film ever made about American music and the unadulterated gem of the Scorsese Series. His exceptional documentaries for The American Experience include War Letters, reflecting on the experiences of American soldiers and their loved ones from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War. War Letters weaves a seamless tapestry of archival footage, historical recreations and readings by Kevin Spacey, Joan Allen, Bill Paxton, Edward Norton and others.
Other films include his numerous specials for National Geographic. Robby's rich inspirational and emotional style drive Don't Say Goodbye, which was screened at the White House for President Clinton and Vice President Gore. It was the winner of The Cable Ace, Genesis, and The Emmy awards.
Robert's skills with real people brought him to the attention of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners where he directed four pieces for eBay. Robert's commercial for Hallmark is another illustration of his ability to integrate the ease of his interviews and touching remembrances into a story. The Fran spot was named to Adweek's list of Best Spots of the year.
Recently Hewlett Packer hired Kenner to tell the history of their company. Origins won two Tele awards for Best Biography and Best Motivational film, as well as the Aegis Award.
Robert Kenner Facts