After a thirty year career as a documentary filmmaker, Renner Wunderlich embarked on a new profession and received a master’s degree in Social Work in 2007. He is presently licensed in Massachusetts and California as a Clinical Social Worker. He worked as a case manager and mental health therapist for severely injured Army soldiers from 2007 to 2010, and presently works as a senior social worker for the Department of Veterans Affairs in its special housing program for homeless veterans throughout Santa Barbara County.
A graduate of Boston College, Renner co-founded Cambridge Documentary Films in 1973, and co-produced and co-directed documentary films about social issues. He and his partner, Margaret Lazarus, made films about domestic violence, rape, advertising’s influence on young women and men, labor history, homophobia, and male violence. Renner and his partner received Academy Awards for their film about domestic violence; Defending Our Lives.
In 1999, Renner and Margaret produced the film and photographic portion of a program for the United Nations General Assembly on the global issues of violence against women. The program was presented by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and was broadcast live simultaneously to 250 locations throughout the world.