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November 7-9, 2014

Renner Wunderlich

Director

Renner Wunderlich (born May 5, 1947) is an American film producer/film director known for his work in documentary film. He and his partner, Margaret Lazarus, received an Academy Award in 1993[1] for their documentary Defending Our Lives, about battered women who were in prison for killing their abusers.[2] Renner Wunderlich was born in St Louis Missouri, son of a Navy captain and an employee of National Geographic Society.

He is an independent licensed social worker with a specialty in the mental health needs of creative clients in the arts and those of veterans. He has worked with homeless veterans, returning veterans from the Iran and Afghanistan wars, wounded veterans including those with post traumatic stress and substance abuse. He worked at the Veterans Administration and US Army Wounded Warrior Program, and was a member of the Massachusetts Governors Council on Veterans Affairs.

In 1974 he co-founded with Margaret Lazarus the non-profit organization, Cambridge Documentary Films,[3] and to date has produced and directed many films about social justice and women's issues:[4][5][6] Including films on rape, Rape is and Rape culture, films on body image and media culture, BirthMarkings, Killing Us Softly, and Still Killing Us Softly, and films on labor history, Eugene Debs and the American Movement. In addition to the Academy Award, his films have won numerous awards and prizes,[7] and have been screened at many of the major film festivals around the world and in the United Nations General Assembly, the White House, the Office of the Vice President, the US Senate and House of Representatives. He worked for twenty years as a freelance editor, sound and cameraman for the majors networks, public television and educational institutions. He is a private pilot who built and flew his own aircraft.

Films by this filmmaker

33 minutes
This film is part of the library.
In 1979 the ground-breaking Killing Us Softly shook our complacent views that American advertising was benevolent, entertaining and supportive of women's views of themselves. It's been 21 years and law schools, med schools, even...