Academy Award-winning Writer and Director of Icarus.
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When Bryan Fogel set out to make Icarus he had one goal: to examine how easy it is to get away with doping in professional sports. Instead, he was connected to a Russian doctor-turned-whistleblower, Grigory Rodchenkov. Together, they blew the lid off a state-sponsored doping scheme that has been ongoing in Russia for decades, which directly led to Russia being banned from the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea. In a story that rivals any international spy thriller, Fogel’s program takes audiences through his quixotic adventure making Icarus. Audiences are captivated by the unprecedented unravelling of an international scandal leading directly to the Kremlin, and the intricacies of Russian covert tampering—not only in the U.S., but on the international playing field.
Bryan Fogel is an American film director, producer, author and playwright best known for directing the Oscar-winning 2017 documentary thriller Icarus. Fogel has appeared on ABC Nightline, Charlie Rose, Seth Meyers, Joe Rogan, CNN, ESPN, The View and has been featured in publications around the globe. Fogel began his career in Hollywood pursuing stand-up comedy and acting. Fogel, in partnership with Sam Wolfson, developed, co-wrote, and initially starred in the play Jewtopia, an off-Broadway comedy about the dating lives of two young men seeking Jewish women. It is one of the longest-running and fastest-recouping productions in Off-Broadway history. He also co-authored the book Jewtopia: The Chosen Guide for the Chosen People, and directed, co-wrote and produced the feature film adaptation of Jewtopia, which was released in 2013 and won the audience choice award of the 2012 Malibu International Film Festival. He is an avid amateur cyclist and has participated in Haute Route. Originally from Denver, Colorado, he currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
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