“Braddock, America” is a feature length documentary now in limited release set in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a former steel town now left to literally rust away to hell. Like so, so many other towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and throughout the Midwest, Braddock began life in the 19th century as just a place along a mighty river, surrounded by coal. Then Andrew Carnegie built a state-of-the-art steel mill. George Westinghouse followed suit and constructed his first plant in a valley adjacent to the Monongahela River. For the decades that followed, the Monongahela valley was the industrial pulse of a growing America. Most of the steel that made the United States the world’s leading industrial nation, steel for train tracks, cars, the girders of the then world’s tallest skyscrapers, was made in places like Braddock.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 22, 2014 12:07 pm|
In 1971, eight Americans engaged in an act of nonviolent disruption and broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania to steal files. The film, 1971, which tells this story, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 18.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 30, 2013 7:33 am|
The finale of Breaking Bad demonstrated clearly this was a show with writers who care deeply about the craft of storytelling as well as the audience who savored every moment as they watched it unfold over the past five years.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday November 2, 2012 10:30 am|
Film director Oliver Stone and American University history professor Peter Kuznick have produced “The Untold History of the United States.” The project consists of a book released on October 30 and a documentary series that is scheduled to begin airing on Showtime on November 12.
|By: Billy Glad Sunday February 6, 2011 6:24 pm|
Every race has a dark horse, running at long odds. In this year’s race for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film, the dark horse is GasLand (2010), a film by Josh Fox that takes on almost everyone in the Oil and Gas Industry, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Halliburton over the use of “fracking” — hydraulic fracturing — to extract natural gas from vast deposits all over the United States.
|By: Laura Flanders Thursday May 15, 2008 1:44 pm|
In his new book, The Great Derangement, Matt chronicles his cross-country travels, and finds that, with distrust of the government at new heights and cynicism about the media and their role even higher, the country is “flipping out.”