Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards was formerly an infantry and intelligence officer in the US Army and a captain in the 82nd Airborne in Iraq during the first Gulf War. A graduate of Stanford’s masters program in documentary, his films include Land of the Blind starring Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, One More Timestarring Christopher Walken, and the feature documentary The Last Laugh for PBS. He won a Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has written for directors including Bennett Miller, Mark Romanek, and Mike Newell. He blogs at  The King’s Necktie.

ALL POSTS BY Robert Edwards

  • November 9, 2020

    This isn’t who we are? What if it is? Let us not underestimate for even a moment the impact of Joe Biden’s victory. This, we were told, has been the most important American election since 1864, and that was no hyperbole. So why did this still feel like a loss for so many, at least initially.

  • September 27, 2020

    Preventing the peaceful transfer of power is the most fundamental sin against democracy, and we are staring it in the face.

  • September 22, 2020

    Anas’s story is a seminal one for our times: a David and Goliath tale of one brave individual — an immigrant and refugee no less—standing up to the toxic alliance of right wing hate groups and Big Tech.

  • August 13, 2020

    In January 2018, I spoke with the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Nicks about The Force, his feature documentary about Oakland’s deeply troubled police department and its history of violence. This is a new interview with Pete, discussing those issues in the post-George Floyd world.

  • May 22, 2020

    "I never expected that I would be writing about the needless deaths of almost 100,000 of our countrymen, rapidly approaching the number who died in wars from Korea to Afghanistan combined. It is bitterly appropriate that we should reach that grim milestone on this particular weekend." (Robert Edwards was formerly an infantry and intelligence officer in the US Army and a captain in the 82nd Airborne in Iraq during the first Gulf War.)

  • April 17, 2020
    By taking a wrecking ball to independent oversight, Trump has made the presidency into a dictatorship. At this point, writes Robert Edwards, the only recourse we will have left to save our democracy, repair the institutions of government, and restore accountability to the American people, is to vote in November to save "the soul of this nation."