For the uninsured, ERs are the only resort for last minute health care as well as being the go-to place for major medical emergencies, and tonight’s film, The Waiting Room–along with with its smart website featuring extra storytelling footage–takes us inside 24 hours at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, where the dedicated staff handles everything and everyone–the majority of whom are uninsured–with dignity and care, despite overcrowding, lack of beds, and trauma cases which pull staff away from the “routine” emergencies–sore throats, back and chest pain, patients running out of medication–and into life and death situations of gunshot wounds.
|By: Lisa Derrick Thursday December 6, 2012 4:53 pm|
The two dudes behind the anti-Obama documentary 2016: Obama’s America—Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List, and co-writer/director Dinesh D’Souza–are all sad and stuff because their documentary didn’t make it on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ short list of docs from which the final nominees are drawn (This year four of those 15 have been or will be on Firedoglake Movie Night: The House I Live In, How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War, and upcoming on Monday December 10, The Waiting Room).
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday March 10, 2012 6:55 pm|
Just because you’re the President of the United States doesn’t mean you can just order a movie made based on your favorite book. Even if you’re pitching one of your biggest donors who also happens to be one of the biggest producers in Hollywood.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday February 26, 2012 4:00 pm|
And so it begins, the red carpet arrivals of stars, celebrities, and showbiz luminaries as they stroll down the Oscar red carpet.
Do you have your tiara and tails readied? Is the bubbly flowing and the caviar chilled? Let’s begin!
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday February 20, 2012 5:00 pm|
We are honored to have Joe Berlinger back with us just days before the Oscars, where Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory his latest film (directed with Bruce Sinofsky) is nominated for Best Documentary. Paradise Lost 3 follows the case of the West Memphis Three and demonstrates the immense power of film to right wrongs and bring about change.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday May 3, 2011 8:01 pm|
The last few days I’ve been at the Newport Beach Film Fest and saw some great documentaries. Also saw A Kiss for Jed Wood, an Irish film, a sweet coming-of-middle-age-movie written by one old friend, directed by another and starring my ex-husband, which is how life sorta shakes out.