Phelim McAleer is the director and producer of Not Evil Just Wrong (2008) - a feature length documentary which looks at how extreme environmentalism is damaging lives of the most vulnerable populations from the ban on DDT to the current concerns over Global Warming.
He was the director and producer of Mine Your Own Business (2006) - the first documentary that asks difficult questions of the environmental movement.
Mine Your Own Business looks at campaigns by foreign environmentalists against large scale mining projects in the developing world. The documentary reveals the exaggeration and misrepresentations that are behind many of these campaigns.
It also reveals how many environmentalists mistake poverty for an idyllic way of life that they believe needs to be preserved.
Some environmentalists have compared Mine Your Own Business to pornography and Nazi propaganda and McAleer has received two death threats from environmentalists because of the content of the documentary.
However the left-wing UK Guardian newspaper described Mine Your Own Business as an "A Michael Moore-style documentary…casts the green movement as the influential villain of a worldwide campaign to block development and deny people the chance of jobs and a decent life."
Newsweek says that the film has produced "quotes, observations and footage that cast environmental groups in a decidedly unflattering light."
Before Mine Your Own Business McAleer was a second unit director, Associate Producer and researcher on the documentary "Return to Sender" which aired on Canada's CBC in February 2005.
From 2000 to 2003 he was the Romania/Bulgaria Correspondent for the Financial Times. McAleer has also written for The Economist from the region. Previously from 1998 to 2000, he worked for the UK Sunday Times in their Dublin office.
McAleer started his career as a journalist working for the Crossmaglen Examiner a local Northern Ireland newspaper in Co. Armagh. The newspaper covered stories in the area, which was known as 'Bandit country' because of the ferocity of the IRA campaign in the area. McAleer then moved to the Irish News in Belfast. At the Irish News, Northern Ireland's largest selling daily newspaper he worked as a journalist covering the Northern Ireland troubles and peace process before becoming night editor.
He devised and co-produced "The Search for Tristan's Mum" which was broadcast on RTE 1, the Irish state television station, in 2005. It featured the shocking case of the toddler Tristan Dowse, who was adopted by an Irish couple at birth and then abandoned in an Indonesian orphanage two years later.
The Search for Tristan's Mum was selected for Input 2006, a showcase for the best programs from national public broadcasters from around the world. It was selected by industry professionals and screened at Input 2006 in Taiwan in May.
McAleer is a much sought after public speaker and radio show guest. He has most recently spoken at conferences in New York (Heartland Institute), Salt Lake City (Sutherland institute), Maine (State Policy Network) and interviewed on BBC and the US syndicated radio shows of Dennis Miller and Randi Rhodes.
McAleer produces and directs documentaries with his wife Phelim McAleer. An environmental blogger recently described the couple as "poster children for the decline of American morality".
Phelim McAleer is a contributor to Big Hollywood.