30 Jul 2019

Documents: CIA Successfully Pressured Michael Bay To Change Benghazi Movie

CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) staff met with director Michael Bay and successfully leaned on him to make changes to his Benghazi movie, “13 Hours.”

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28 May 2019

Contracts Reveal For First Time How DEA Exercises Control Over Television, Film Productions

Nearly 200 pages of contracts from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) show reveal how agency exercises creative control over TV and film productions.

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31 Dec 2018

The Dissenter’s Top Films Of 2018

Some of the top 2018 films that pushed boundaries, boldly challenged conventions, or simply presented fresh stories for moviegoers.

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30 Dec 2017

The Dissenter’s Top Films Of 2017

Blade Runner 2049 The sequel to one of the best science fiction films of all time gloriously expands the universe of the 1982 original. Thirty years later, K (Ryan Gosling), an LAPD officer and blade runner, is tasked with an investigation that may unravel everything he knows about the decaying

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FBI Headquarters. Photo via FBI.gov.
10 Oct 2017

More Details On How Far FBI Will Go To Control Its Image In Cinema

Documents show the FBI expects filmmakers or television producers to cooperate with their requests for script changes or else they will deny support.

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13 Aug 2017

Interview With Tom Secker: Exposing Influence Of Military, Security Agencies On Hollywood

On this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, host Kevin Gosztola interviews Tom Secker, the co-author of “National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood.” He also regularly publishes his work to SpyCulture.com. Secker obtained government records indicating the Pentagon provided “support” or influenced 814 films from 1911

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13 Jul 2017

A Tribute To Jack Shaheen And His Groundbreaking Work On ‘Reel Bad Arabs’

“Though the movie may contain compelling cinematography and engrossing performances, as history,” “Lawrence of Arabia” “receives a failing grade,” renowned media critic Jack Shaheen wrote. “Throughout, the theme of cultural domination prevails—the civilized British conquering civilized folks.” Shaheen continued, “After all, the movie concerns a brave Englishman, not a valiant Arab.

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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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Still from "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night," film by Ana Lily Amirpour.
11 Aug 2016

Bringing The Horror Film Industry To The Middle East

In the wake of the Arab Spring, there has never been a better time for Middle Easterners to indulge in horror as an art form and means of social commentary.

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Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian actor (1940-2016) By Mohammad Hassanzadeh [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
07 Jul 2016

Remembering Abbas Kiarostami’s Revelatory Films

Award-winning Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami died on July 4. He was known for “watchful eyes,” an ability to make films revealing new aspects of life.

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