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Art as a Weapon: New Doc Focuses on Burma's Saffron Revolution, Shepard Fairey

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 17, 2011 9:07 AM
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"Art as a Weapon," a new feature documentary about the intersection between street art, Buddhism, and the struggle for Democracy, has just launched its Kickstarter campaign. The film promises to offer a peek into the lives of Burmese school children learning how to use spray paint, Buddhist monks who write poetry, and street artist Shepard Fairey creating a three-story mural in support of Burma.

"Punishment Park" Screens for Defiant Occupy Wall Street Protesters

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 15, 2011 6:33 PM
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Tonight, at Zuccotti Park, a group calling itself Occupy Cinema has announced a last minute screening of Peter Watkins's incendiary 1971 classic "Punishment Park." The event will follow the 7PM Occupy Cinema working group meeting, which will take place at 60 Wall Street.

"The Iron Lady" review: Will Republicans Drool Over Margaret Thatcher Pic?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 15, 2011 9:31 AM
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Will Republicans drool over the new Margaret Thatcher film "The Iron Lady," which stars Meryl Streep as the famous British ring-winger, or will they cringe at the film's depiction of her dementia? An early review in the Daily Telegraph suggests the Weinstein Company release isn't the hatchet job that conservatives had first claimed.

Palin Filmmaker Bannon Planning Doc on "Crony Capitalism"

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 14, 2011 9:21 PM
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Right-wing doc-maker Steven Bannon is apparently at it again. After his Sarah Palin doc "The Undefeated" stirred up talk everywhere about the former Alaska governor's popularity (or not) as a viable political contender, Real Clear Politics reports that Bannon is planning on making a new film based on Palin adviser Peter Schweizer's forthcoming book, "Throw Them All Out," which details allegations of ethically dubious insider trading and conflicts of interest among members of Congress.

Are Big Marketing Pushes A Good Model for Arthouse film?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 14, 2011 2:00 PM
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Are aggressive film distributors like Relativity, FilmDistrict, Fox Searchlight and others doing a disservice to independent films, making them seem bigger than they are in promotional materials, or are they indie filmmakers' most valuable supporters, helping small films compete in an increasingly competitive marketplace?

Occupy Wall Street: The Movie; Will There Be a Definitive Film of the Movement?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 14, 2011 10:06 AM
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So far, Occupy Wall Street has inspired a dozen prominent filmmakers, from Haskell Wexler to Jonathan Demme to Jem Cohen, to document the rising protest movement. And a handful of Hollywood and indie films, produced after the rebellion's rise, from "Margin Call" to "Tower Heist," have capitalized on the coincidental timeliness of their stories. But is there a definitive #OWS movie out there? And what would it look like?

Oscar's Issues: Doc Noms Could Raise Awareness for Society's Ills, Injustices

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 12, 2011 12:43 PM
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Forget Best Picture or Best Actor, the Oscar for Best Documentary may be the Academy Awards' most important and influential. Consider the platform it gave to the problems of global warming when "An Inconvenient Truth" won the top prize. Or the media ruckus that Michael Moore caused when he rallied against George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. Or more recently, the way "Gasland" raised awareness about fracking. It's nice for anyone to win an award, but how many films can say they influenced the national discourse?

Can FilmAid Make the World a Better Place?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 11, 2011 8:27 AM
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Can movies make the world a better place? Yes, they can! The folks at FilmAid International, a humanitarian organization that harnesses the power of film to help refugees the world over, has been doing just that: offering screenings of educational films and entertaining indies and documentaries to refugee camps, and empowering locals to make their own movies.

"Greedy Lying Bastards" Goes After Koch Bros, Fossil Fuel Industry

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 10, 2011 9:17 AM
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Sarah Palin Gone from Headlines, But Will Survive on VOD

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 9, 2011 1:25 PM
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Release Dates:         November 8th (Internet VOD/EST), November 11th (Cable VOD) DVD to be released in 2012   Directed by:               Nick Broomfield (Biggie and Tupac, Kurt & Courtney) and Joan Churchill (Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer) Appearances by:       John Bitney (Palin’s former Legislative Director), Howard Bess (Former Alaskan pastor), Colleen Cottle (Former Wasilla Deputy Mayor), Walt Moneghan (Former Police Chief of Anchorage), Mike Wooten (Palin’s former brother-in-law/Troopergate Scandal), Chuck and Sally Heath (Palin’s parents) , Lyda Green (Former Alaskan Senate President), and Laura Chase (Palin’s former campaign manager) Running Time:            90 Minutes Rating:                        Not Rated   Synopsis: Nick Broomfield's quest for the real Sarah Palin - A journey across the icy snows of Alaska in mid winter, to meet the school friends, family, and Republican colleagues that in previous days gave their heart, and souls to the charismatic, charming, and intoxicating ex hockey mum. But it's not all plain sailing. People are frightened to talk, Wasilla makes Twin Peaks look like a walk in the park. It's a devout evangelical community - 76 churches with a population of only 6 thousand, and the Crystal meth capitol of Alaska. Who are the flying monkeys, the enemies, the friends, and most importantly - are you with her or against her? Join the quest and for Christ's sake buy some thermals!  

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