Award winning screen writer and director
The documentary about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist and political activist who was allegedly killed in 2018 on the orders of the Saudi Royal Family, was one of the hottest films at last year’s Sundance. It had glowing reviews, a ripped from the headlines subject, and a big-name director in Fogel, yet the subject matter kept the buyers away.
Bryan joins us to share the challenges and risks in making the documentary, the struggle for distribution and the Saudi-backed online troll campaign trying to kill it…
Bryan is the Academy Award®–winning director of Icarus and a 2017 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize winner. He was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for Journalism, nominated for the BAFTA Award, three Emmys, and the DGA Award for Best Direction. Fogel began his career pursuing stand-up comedy and acting. He developed, co-wrote, and starred in the Off-Broadway comedy Jewtopia and directed the feature film adaptation. His most recent film is The Dissident.