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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20 Nov 2015

Film Review: ‘Heart of a Dog’ Is A Wondrous Meditation On Life & Death

Laurie Anderson’s documentary, “Heart of a Dog,” is an intensely personal meditation on life and death, and a reflection on American culture after 9/11.

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11 Sep 2015

Resurfaced Documentary: Donald Trump Used Undocumented Immigrants, Screwed Taxpayers

A 1991 documentary on Donald Trump suppressed from broadcast by legal threats from Trump titled “Trump: What’s The Deal?” is now available online. The documentary paints an extremely unflattering picture of Trump as a businessman and a man in general highlighting questionable if not illegal business practices and making all but explicit claims that Trump committed adultery while married to Ivana Trump with his later wife Marla Maples.

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30 Dec 2014

The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2014

It has, like a number of other people, become an annual ritual to put together a list of the top films I managed to see during the year and share it here. While most lists of best films of the year were posted a week or two ago, I like

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29 Dec 2013

The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2013

Throughout the year, I see many films, and, whenever I have the time after viewing a film to produce a review, I do because I enjoy writing about films. Like a number of others, it has become a tradition of mine to put together a list of ten top films

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31 Dec 2012

The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2012

Throughout the year, I watch many films. Not only do I enjoy cinema and have a degree in Film/Video, but I find films provide me a way to refresh my insights and keep from getting too burned out from covering an issue or topic as a writer. The Dissenter may be

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31 Dec 2011

The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2011

For the past six months, I have reported on the Occupy movement and regularly covered WikiLeaks. I covered Pfc. Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing with great detail just over a week ago. Now, I would like to take a moment to share with you some of the films I most enjoyed

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