Award-winning filmmaker, public thinker, and author
Eugene Jarecki is an award-winning filmmaker, public thinker, and author. His most recent film, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary before winning the prestigious 2014 Grierson and Peabody Awards for Documentary. His previous film, REAGAN, which examines the life and legacy of the 40th president, received wide critical acclaim and an Emmy Award after premiering in 2011 at Sundance and on HBO for the occasion of Reagan’s 100th birthday. In 2010, Jarecki worked alongside Morgan Spurlock and Alex Gibney as director of a documentary film inspired by the bestselling book FREAKONOMICS. Earlier that year, he directed MOVE YOUR MONEY, a digital short film encouraging Americans to move their money from “too big to fail” banks to well-rated community banks and credit unions. The film went viral, becoming an online sensation with over 7 million hits in just its first three weeks online and inspiring millions of Americans to shift their banking to community banks and credit unions. Jarecki’s 2006 film, WHY WE FIGHT, winner of both the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and a Peabody Award, has been broadcast in over forty countries and released theatrically in over 250 US cities. Simon & Schuster published Jarecki’s acclaimed follow-up book, The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril, which explores how militarism disfigures America’s foreign and defense policies, as well as her broader national priorities. In 2002, Jarecki’s THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER was released in over 130 U.S. cities and won the Amnesty International Award, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and has been broadcast in over thirty countries. In addition to his work in film, Jarecki is also a thinker on international affairs, and has appeared on or written for many of the nation's most prominent media outlets.