Peter Landesman began his filmmaking and TV career after starting as an award-winning painter and novelist, and investigative journalist and war correspondent for the New York Time Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker and others. As a journalist, Landesman covered the conflicts in Rwanda, Kosovo and Afghanistan/Pakistan after 9/11; and broke ground-breaking investigations into weapons trafficking; sex trafficking and slavery; drug and refugee trafficking; art and antiquities forgery, trafficking and con-artistry; and the anatomy of the lethal violence of street gangs in Los Angeles. His journalism has earned him two Overseas Press Club awards (the magazine world's Pulitzer) for best International and Human Rights reporting.
He has written and directed the films, Parkland, about the immediate aftermath in Dallas of the JFK assassination; and Concussion, with Will Smith, about the whistle-blower who discovered the deadly disease caused by playing football. His next films will be The Last Battle, about the last - and perhaps the most remarkable - battle fought in Europe in WWII, in the chaotic and terrifying days following Hitler's suicide; and The Mission, about the rescue of three American hostages kidnapped by the FARC in the Colombian Amazon. He has also written the films Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner; and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey. He is the creator and director of the upcoming television series, The Department, for AMC.
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