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RUPERT RUSSELL is a British-American writer, director, and author.
His feature debut, Freedom for the Wolf, charted the global crisis of democracy, won the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival and was nominated for the Cinema for Peace ‘Most Valuable Film of the Year’ Award during Berlinale 2019.
His next project, Price Wars, traced the origins of the chaotic decade - from Trump and Brexit to Syria and Ukraine to the climate crisis and the global refugee crisis - back to the world's financial markets. It is both a feature documentary film that aired on ARTE and a book published by Doubleday (Penguin Random House) in the US and Weidenfeld & Nicolson (Hachette) in the UK. It was called 'one of the most important books of our time' by The Intercept.s
His animated series on the Trump phenomenon, How the World Went Mad, premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest and earned him a spot on the shortlist for the Young Director Award at Cannes Lions.
His current documentary film, The Devil You Know, is currently in production with Intermission Film. It tells the story of the stranger-than-fiction 'witchcraft' killing that inspired The Wicker Man and helped invent folk horror.
He is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and has directed commercials celebrating Pride for HSBC.
His work has been covered The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Guardian, The New Republic, The Intercept, The Huffington Post, Jacobin, CBC, Vice among many others.
Russell received a Double-Starred First BA in the Social and Political Sciences from Jesus College, Cambridge, and a PhD and MA from Harvard University in Sociology, where he was National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.
He is also a dual UK-US citizen.
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