Bryan Fogel is an American documentary filmmaker, writer, and director. He was born on July 23, 1973, in Denver, Colorado. Fogel began his career as a stand-up comedian before transitioning to filmmaking in the early 2000s.
In 2017, Fogel gained international recognition for his documentary “Icarus,” which followed his journey to investigate doping in sports. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2018. The documentary revealed a massive state-sponsored doping program in Russia, and its impact on the Olympics and international sports. The film also features Fogel’s interactions with Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory who became a whistleblower.
Prior to “Icarus,” Fogel directed and produced several other documentaries, including “Jewtopia” and “The Dissident.” “The Dissident” chronicles the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the events leading up to and following his death at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
Fogel continues to produce and direct documentary films that explore controversial and politically charged subjects. His work is known for its bold approach to storytelling and its ability to provoke discussion and debate on important social issues.