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Stefan Forbes

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Stefan Forbes is an American writer and film director. His first feature film was the 2008 documentary film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, about the life of political operative Lee Atwater. Boogie Man played 40 U.S. cities theatrically, debuted at #8 in the nationwide box-office charts in per-screen average, and was broadcast on PBS's Frontline, the BBC's Storyville, the CBC, and other networks worldwide. It was a Critic's Pick in The New York Times, Washington Post, London Sunday Times, and many other publications worldwide. The film received an editorial in The New York Times about its importance. Forbes also directed the award-winning one-hour documentary One More Dead Fish, about environmentally friendly hand-line fishermen in Canada who seized a federal building and barricaded themselves inside. With his company InterPositive Media, he has written and directed Emmy-nominated national PSA campaigns featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Mike Myers, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Broderick, and others, as well as producing and directing many music videos. Formerly a cinematographer, he shot five feature films and many music videos, and created a look for several hit TV shows. Boogie Man won the 2009 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Documentary, the George S. Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Chris Award at the Columbus International Film Festival, and was nominated for the 2008 WGA Award for Best Theatrical Documentary. Mr. Forbes is a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and winner of the International Documentary Association's Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Filmmaker Award. He has spoken on film at many American universities and served on juries at Silverdocs, the Writers Guild of America Awards, and on the Nominating Committee for the Independent Spirit Awards.