Robert Kenner biography

Robert Kenner

Film director


Who is Robert Kenner?

Robert Kenner is an American film and television screenwriter, television director, film director, film producer, and television producer.

In 1993, Kenner produced The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal for National Geographic Channel. The following year he directed and produced Russia’s Last Tsar for National Geographic and PBS. In 1996 Kenner directed and produced America’s Endangered Species: Don’t Say Goodbye, which received the Strand Award for Best Documentary from the International Documentary Association.

Kenner began a long association with the award-winning PBS documentary series American Experience in 1998. His films for the series include Influenza: 1918, War Letters and John Brown's Holy War.

In 2003, Kenner worked as co-filmmaker with Richard Pearce on The Road to Memphis for Martin Scorsese’s series, The Blues. Newsweek called the film, “the unadulterated gem of the Scorsese series.”

Kenner received a Peabody, an Emmy, and a Grierson award for his 2005 film, Two Days in October. The film examines two key events during the Vietnam War and how they shaped Americans’ views of the conflict. The film was Kenner’s last for American Experience.


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on July 23, 2013

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