CNN Cancels Hillary Clinton Documentary, Director Cites Political Pressure

By: Monday September 30, 2013 10:10 am

Here’s how we lose freedom of the press: Political power and expediency shut down stories before they can see the light of day. Claiming pressure from both sides of the aisle, and non-cooperation from the Clinton camp, director Charles Ferguson has stepped down from the CNN Films documentary about Hillary Clinton.


Finding Nemo Finds A Conscience: Pixar Movie Influenced by Blackfish Documentary

By: Monday August 12, 2013 3:57 pm

According to Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove who recounted this story to the LA Times, after watching the documentary this spring Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter and the director of Finding Dory, Andrew Stanton sat down with Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

What resulted was a change in the yet-to-be released sequel’s plot.

Film Review: ‘Act of Killing’ & What Happens to Society Unwilling to Confront History of War Crimes

By: Sunday August 4, 2013 8:45 am

This documentary is one of the most surreal yet unflinching attempts to understand how mass murderers are able to walk freely without facing justice or accountability for their actions, even decades after the atrocities they have committed. It also explores how this impunity can affect the history which children learn and pervert the future of a society.

Blackfish, the movie

By: Sunday July 21, 2013 5:20 pm

February 24, 2010, the orca Tilikum killed trainer Dawn Brancheau at Seaworld Orlando, and this was the third person he killed. Why is he still being used in shows? More importantly, why is he even in captivity at all? I could hardly watch the trailer it’s all so horrific, but it is a story that has to be told.

Interview With Jeremy Scahill on ‘Dirty Wars’ Production, War on the Press & Bradley Manning’s Trial

By: Sunday June 2, 2013 7:00 am

here was a screening in Washington, DC, for press and friends for journalist Jeremy Scahill’s new film, Dirty Wars. Scahill did a Q&A and also setup interviews with some media organizations the following day.

I arranged an interview with Scahill, who graciously gave me some of his time and sat down to talk about the film.

Director Alex Gibney Responds to ‘We Steal Secrets’ Review Posted at Firedoglake

By: Friday May 24, 2013 1:47 pm

The following is a response I received from Alex Gibney, director of the new documentary on WikiLeaks, “We Steal Secrets.” I have not added any comments to this response. It appears unedited as a kind of rebuttal to my review.

I will also take the time to note that, despite my strong criticisms, it is worth it to view the film. While it may inform the public of what exactly Gibney arguues, claims and explores, no transcript of narration or interview segments can fully communicate how the stories of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are presented in the film. One has to see the clips, hear the music, watch how it all is edited, etc, to fully appreciate the power of this movie.

‘We Steal Secrets’ Documentary Focuses on Personalities of Assange, Manning Over Significance of WikiLeaks

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 1:00 pm

Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney held a special screening for his new documentary, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, in Washington, DC, on May 21. Gibney also participated in a question and answer session after the film that was moderated by POLITICO‘s Josh Gerstein.

The Dissenter’s Picks for the 2013 Oscars

By: Sunday February 24, 2013 12:40 pm

I greatly enjoy cinema and make a list of top films that I post every year. Here are some reflections on the films nominated this year.

MSNBC’s ‘Hubris’ Documentary: Overlooking the Role of Media in Selling the Iraq War

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 8:05 am

A documentary, “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War,” aired on MSNBC to mark the tenth-anniversary of the selling of the Iraq War by President George W. Bush’s administration. For someone unaware of the extent to which President Bush and neoconservatives in his administration went to manufacture the case for going to war in Iraq, the documentary is a fairly good presentation of much of the deception and manipulation that occurred.

Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker’s New Ambitious Feature Documentary on War on Whistleblowers

By: Sunday February 17, 2013 6:00 pm

The film, Silenced, profiles Thomas Drake, former NSA employee who blew the whistle on NSA wiretapping.

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