29 Nov 2018

Review: Documentary Connects Revolutionary Feminist Struggles In The Middle East

In August 2014, the women of the “Women’s Protection Units” (YPJ) captured the attention of the world when they helped rescue 50,000 people from a massacre by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Sinjar Mountains of northern Iraq. The “Sinjar massacre,” as it has come to

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28 Jul 2018

Member Newsletter Preview: Using Your Spark For Good

“I’m watching Ronald Reagan’s funeral, and the phone rings, and I go hello,” comedian Billy Crystal recalled. “Bill, it’s Ron Reagan.” It was Crystal’s friend, Robin Williams. These kind of phone calls happened often between them. Crystal replied, “So, what a coincidence. I’m watching your funeral.” Williams continued, “I just

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23 Apr 2017

‘Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock’: Interview With The Filmmakers

For the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast this week, host Kevin Gosztola interviews the filmmakers involved in the production of “Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22. Josh Fox, Oscar-nominated director of “Gasland” and “How to Let Go of the World and Love

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17 Apr 2017

Frontline Documentary Methodically Examines Solitary Reform In Maine State Prison

PBS FRONTLINE’s “Last Days Of Solitary” documents Maine’s progress in reducing the number of prisoners in solitary confinement at Maine State Prison.

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Still from "Boy Of War." Source: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/boy-from-war-demo-fund-animation#/
06 Sep 2016

‘Boy From War’ Filmmakers Describe Power Of Animation To Present Trauma Of War

Shadowproof interviewed Usama Alshaibi and Eman Akram Nader about the subject of their unique and stunning project, “Boy Of War.”

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27 Feb 2016

Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Deal With Profound Crises of Humanity

It is Oscar weekend. The backlash against the Academy Awards for the extreme lack of diversity in nominees is how this year’s awards will be remembered. One could argue this is how the awards will be remembered for a second year in a row. However, let’s focus on one awards category:

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15 Feb 2016

PREVIEW: Talk With A Very Heavy Agenda Series Director Robbie Martin

On Feb. 18th at 8 pm EST, Dan Wright will talk with Robbie Martin about “A Very Heavy Agenda,” & the rise of neoconservativism from George W. Bush to today.

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24 Jan 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘Hum 255’

At the University of Chicago, during the winter quarter of 1968-1969, students protest the firing of Professor Marlene Dixon and occupy an administration building. They sing “We Shall Not Be Moved” and appear on film describing how they view student power. A number of the students see their action as

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16 Jan 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘Thumbs Down’ and ‘Parents’

In the early years of Kartemquin Films, the group produced cinéma vérité documentaries. Co-founders Gordon Quinn and Jerry Temaner were interested in “cinematic social inquiry.” And, at its core, the concept was films could be created to promote social change. One of the pioneering films produced in 1967 is “Thumbs

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30 Dec 2015

The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2015

Kevin Gosztola picks the best films of 2015: the movies that pushed boundaries, started conversations and lingered in his mind for days after viewing.

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