Academy Award-Winning Director, ICARUS
Bryan Fogel is an Academy Award-winning American film director, producer, author and playwright best known for directing and starring in the 2018 Oscar winning documentary thriller ICARUS. The film follows Fogel and the renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program. Fogel helped Rodchenkov navigate the crisis by assisting with legal counsel, immigration advice, coordination with the FBI, CIA, and the DOJ and ultimately, the hopeful political asylum of Dr. Rodchenkov. In exposing a conspiracy that spanned more than four decades, Fogel revealed and intricately documented the biggest international sports scandal in living memory.
In December 2017, the IOC banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics, citing, in addition to sworn testimony and forensic evidence, the revelations set forth in ICARUS. It is the most wide-ranging punishment ever meted out by the IOC on a participating nation, let alone a powerhouse of the Olympic movement. For a nation where sports is a war without weapons, it is a stunning blow to national pride.
ICARUS was named Best Documentary Feature at the 2018 Academy Awards and garnered NETFLIX their first OSCAR. Among other accolades, the film also won the first-ever Special Jury Orwell Award at Sundance Film Festival, the Audience Choice Award at Sundance London, the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding journalism, a nomination for the British Academy Awards (BAFTA), Three Primetime EMMY Nominations, a Critic’s Choice Award, and Fogel was personally nominated for Best Director by the Directors Guild of America (DGA).
Fogel has appeared among others on ABC’s Nightline, Charlie Rose, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Joe Rogan Experience, 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. The film won the audience choice award of the 2012 Malibu International Film Festival.
Fogel is currently in production on two upcoming feature documentaries and a Netflix series. His upcoming film, The Dissident, is a chillingly powerful and heartbreakingly candid look into the life of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered after criticizing Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies.
He is an avid amateur cyclist and has participated in Haute Route. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
When Academy Award-winning director 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, and 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 mind-boggling and death defying adventure making ICARUS and his fascinating life journey beforehand. 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 was dynamic, polished and had us riveted. His story and presentation is incredible and he shares it with brilliance and enthusiasm.