Short Takes, breaking news
The Mystery of the Maltese Falcon, One of the Most Valuable Movie Props in History http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/02/mystery-of-the-maltese-falcon
Like Clockwork: 40 Years of Ice-Cold Psychopaths. http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/05/clockwork-psychopaths/?pid=3854&viewall=true
Space Nazi Flick Iron Sky Goose-Steps Into Production. http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/12/iron-sky/
Remembering 'Blues Brothers' 30 years later. 30 years ago, 'The Blues Brothers' hit the big screen, crashing their way through Chicago. In the process, they cleared a path between Hollywood and the city. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-live-0616-blues-brothers-20100616,0,5283145.story
Sherlock Holmes on Hulu. http://www.hulu.com/search?query=Sherlock+Holmes&st=1
A Tough-Guy Film Fest With George Pelecanos. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113387880
Heart and Minds http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8502739857306070849
Panel discussion is take on terrorism. Filmmakers share perspectives on Mideast, war and terror. Daniel Evans said his film "War, Love, God & Madness" offers a glimpse of Iraq from an Iraqi point of view. Laura Winter agreed. Her film "Baghdad High" follows four Iraqi teens through a year in high school. It has been shown to American soldiers to illustrate that all Iraqi teen boys are not terrorists, and their lives aren't much different from American teens. "The film is being used as a tool to tell soldiers that this is not a video game. Iraqis are real people, too," she said. Terrorism isn't always that far from home, said festival founder Michael Moore. "Essentially we are not the unique country we think," Moore said. "We are engaged in a struggle for our freedom from those who want to control us." The panel also discussed how news headlines can also be used to influence the views of Americans. One example was the late filmmaker Dalton Trumbo, whose experience as one of the "Hollywood Ten" blacklisted him from working in Hollywood during the McCarthy Era around a half-century ago. "I think it was a terrible time for the country," said Christopher Trumbo, son of the late filmmaker. "Teachers were suspect and loyalty oaths required. It was not a protective measure, it was measures of control." Evans said it's important not be sidetracked by those who want to control other's views. "It is fear -- terrorism," Evans said. "They don't want us to know we have the power think for ourselves." http://www.record-eagle.com/local/local_story_214095717.html
Space Station 76 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2369317/
House of Games (1987) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093223/
Jason sends us, "my former supervisor and friend Michael S. Deak's series of faux 50's and 60's trailers. He has worked in Special Makeup Effects for 30+ years and has appeared in many cheesy 80's horror classics as monsters/creatures. These trailers are his pet projects that he conceived and made on his own. They feature friends and colleagues, are made with lots of love and reflect his unique view of the entertainment industry and film appreciation." http://www.youtube.com/user/somemannerof
No actor has matched the coolness and style of Humphrey Bogart says Allen Barra reviewing a new biography, Tough Without a Gun by Stefan Kanfer—and that’s just the beginning of his legend. http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-02-20/tough-without-a-gun-review-stefan-kanfers-humphrey-bogart-biography/
- 'Easy Rider': 1969 in Hollywood, Part II http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture/2009/07/i-forgot-my-mantra-monday-1969-in-hollywood-part-two.html#more
The Atomic Cafe
1982 documentary on the bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki as well as Cold War propaganda afterwards.
THE BIG BUY
"By the time we finish this poker game, there may not be a federal government left! Which would suit me just fine." -Tom DeLay, 1994
In a stunning 1994 interview, shortly after the now infamous Republican revolution, Tom DeLay sat down and laid out his vision for America: to destroy the Department of Education, HUD, OSHA, the NEH, the NEA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. His self-stated goal was to "completely redesign government."
The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress is the story of how he did just that. It's the story of one of the most blatant power grabs in American history, and how a District Attorney in Texas turned out to be the biggest threat to the national DeLay Machine. The film is a warning about how easy it is for American democracy to be hijacked by a combination of relentless ambition and corporate millions. It makes the case that DeLay built a "custom-made Congress" that is still providing votes for his agenda.
DeLay's utter contempt for government made him a favorite of corporations. Over the next decade, they funded DeLay's rise to power with millions while wining, dining, and bank rolling an extravagant lifestyle complete with corporate jets, expensive restaurants and stays at plush golf resorts.
But Travis county D.A. Ronnie Earle is on his heels, and DeLay's made a mistake. He blatantly funneled banned corporate money to candidates in the 2002 Texas elections. This was the critical first phase of a take-no-prisoners plan to ensure a more hard-Right Republican U.S. Congress. DeLay's actions led to controversial redistricting in Texas that disenfranchised voters, set-off the largest upheaval in modern Texas political history and sent five new hard-Right Republican congressmen to Washington.
Texas grand juries have brought 41 indictments against eight corporations, DeLay's political action committee, a business lobby ally, three underlings and Tom Delay himself. But while Delay has given up his leadership post, his Texas takeover is still impacting all Americans daily. His Texas redistricting changed the face of the last Congress. The Central American Free Trade Agreement, the Energy Bill, Budgets and Budget Cuts that hurt college students, single parents and the working poor -- all passed in the last 14 months by less than the five votes DeLay won from his scheme in Texas. From now until the November elections- The Big Buy is destined to serve as a rallying cry for those who want to change "the house that Tom built" back into "the people's house."
The Big Buy is a feature length documentary that connects the dots between big money and big government. It's not a pretty picture.
See how tight constraints and desire to win over the hearts and minds of people world wide to support the baseless cause for the invasion of Iraq. See how different the sides are between east and western reporting. You be the judge of the truth.
watch it here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5468579280837866970
Two weeks before the US invaded Iraq in 2003, Jehane Noujaim gained access to both Al Jazeera and the US military's Central Command offices in Qatar. By being in the right place at that very wrong time, she caught the onset and outbreak of the Iraq war on film. The resulting documentary, Control Room, exposed the very divergent ways the Arabs and the West covered the war.
Being raised between Egypt and the US, the exploration of culture is one of Jehane's driving forces. Her reason for making the film: "It's important for everyone, simply as individuals, to try to understand different people and different cultures, but it's especially important for people in the United States because we affect so much of the world beyond our borders." Noujaim's earlier film Startup.com was another case when she entered the story at the perfect point in time: The film follows an arc that mirrors the curve of the dotcom bubble itself, capturing a small Internet company from its eager beginnings through the manic, moneyed times right down to the bitter end.
Before culture even begins to shift, Jehane is there with her camera, trusting that the story to unfold is one that will change us. She's at work on her 2006 TED Prize wish for a world-uniting Pangea Cinema Day, an international event designed to connect independent voices throughout the world. "Through the deceptively simple practice of watching, listening and editing, Jehane Noujaim captures the complexity of reporting, and has a great deal to say about truth, democracy and the ambiguous status of the free press in the modern world." New York Times
Jon Ronson. http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jonronson
Stanley Kubrick's Boxes
Crazy Rulers of the World
The Crazy Rulers of the World is the extraordinary, never before told story of what happened when chiefs of US intelligence, the army, and the government began believing in very strange things.
Three years in the making, Jon Ronson's Crazy Rulers of the World explores the apparent madness at the heart of US military intelligence.
With first-hand access to the leading players in the story, Jon Ronson examines the extraordinary - and plain bizarre - national secrets at the core of George W Bush's war on terror.
The three-part series begins with The Men Who Stare at Goats, which charts the history of a secret US Army unit founded in 1979 - the First Earth Battalion.
The programme uncovers the startling truth about this unit's involvement with paranormal activities that defy all known accepted military practice, including mind reading, out of body experiences and 'thought-death' experiments carried out on goats at Fort Bragg.
In programme two, Jon Ronson reveals how the New Age movement of the 1980s has influenced interrogation at Guantanamo Bay and in post-war Iraq.
The final episode looks into the military's involvement with remote viewing and mind control experiments.
Part 1 - The Men Who Stare at Goats
watch episode at this link: http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/educational_and_howto/watch/v19804260T8EsW73r
Dr. Ray Hyman, CIA contract Psychologist, people are basically nutty
Why did they start with silverware?
Sargent First Class Glenn Wheaton, http://www.remoteviewer.org/remoteviewing/wheaton.htm
Michael Echanis, born 16 November 1950, Nampa Idaho, http://www.hwarangdo.net/art/photos.php?categoryid=96, http://www.socnetcentral.com/vb/showthread.php?t=33064
Lt Colonel Jim Channon, Combat Infantry Badge, FS has a Combat Infrantry badge and says the same thing: "In the end, it's really the only one that matters." http://www.jimchannon.com/indexFlash.html
First Earth Battalion, http://ejmas.com/jnc/jncart_channon_0200.htm
Esolen Institute, Big Sur
Pete Brusso, http://www.pdws.biz/ a maestro of violence (bully)
John Alexander, http://www.mindcontrolforums.com/hambone/nexusavi.html
Guy Savelli, http://www.worldkungfu.com/Master.html
Part 2 - Funny Torture
watch episode at this link: http://video.google.com/url?docid=5724678809113331882
Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_prisoner_abuse
Christopher Cerf, Barny Theme, http://play.rhapsody.com/barney/barneysfavoritesvol2/barneythemesong
Danny Epstein, Sesame Street Music Rights
Sargent Mark Hatsell told Adam Piore, Newsweek about using the Barney Theme on detainees.
- Matchbox 20: http://www.matchboxtwenty.com/news/
- Fleetwood Mac, all girl cover band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBKkwxCV5ls (need link)
- Kris Kristofferson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rxm17Soz3c
- 'Bodies' by Drowning Pool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QNq8sHAyKc
Steven Halpen, music: amazon
John Alexander, creator of non-lethal weapons: http://discovermagazine.com/1999/apr/warwithoutdeath1610 http://www.amazon.com/Winning-War-Advanced-Strategies-Concepts/dp/B000C4SFXI/ref=sr_1_1/104-5155497-5818310?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194207863&sr=1-1
American Technologies: http://www.atcsd.com/site/
These Boots Are made For Walking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OU7Nezg7Ls
Sid Heal, L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT "it couldn't be used in court." http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/29/60minutes/main3891865_page3.shtml http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2002nonlethdef/Heal.pdf
subliminal sounds, Nonlethal Weapons:. Terms and References., http://www.aquafoam.com/papers/Bunker.pdf
Lynndie England: link
Part 3 - Psychic Foot Soldiers
Russell Targ, Military Psychic Spy Coordinator
Major Ed Danes, Military Psychic Spy, Remote Viewing, Art Bell guest, http://www.trvinstitute.com/
Joe McMoneagle, http://www.remoteviewer.org/remoteviewing/mcmoneagle.htm
Prudence Calabrese, Transdimensional Systems, http://prudencecalabrese.typepad.com/ http://www.firedocs.com/remoteviewing/misc/TDS-methods.pdf
remote viewing http://remoteviewed.com/remote_viewing_history_military.htm
Angela Thompson Smith http://www.remoteviewer.org/remoteviewing/asmith.htm
Sidney Gottlieb, NK Ultra, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Gottlieb
Allen Dulles, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Dulles
Albert Stubblebines, http://rigorousintuition.blogspot.com/2005/12/i-wish-that-hadnt-happened_09.html
Coutney Brown, The Farsight Institute, http://www.farsight.org/
Chuck Shramek, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Shramek
Hale Bopp Comet, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Hale-Bopp
Heavens Gate Cult, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven%27s_Gate_%28religious_group%29
"Fiction is immunization against reality." Eric Olsen
First Earth Battalion Manual http://www.arcturus.org/arcturus3/?q=node/7
Atheist Media Blog http://atheistmedia.blogspot.com/
This American Life http://thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=201
Here is a seven minute montage featuring footage from The Order of Death DVD. http://www.infowars.com/video/previews/grove/ood7min_qt.htm
Space Nazi Flick Iron Sky Goose-Steps Into Production. http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/12/iron-sky/
By now, the rudiments of Pat Tillman's story are well known. Tillman was a star cornerback in the NFL who, eight months after the Sept. 11 attacks, decided to enlist in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Afghanistan, where, in the spring of 2004, he was killed. The military insisted that his death came in a heroic battle against the Taliban, but after years of investigation (and spin), it was revealed that he died in a friendly-fire accident. Bar-Lev culls the story in a compelling and even blood-boiling way, as the cover-up is increasingly probed by the Tillman family, including Pat's wife, brothers and particularly his feisty mother, Dannie. In a startling scene set at a congressional hearing, the film shows how the highest levels of the Defense Department conspired to keep the circumstances a secret and Tillman a hero — in the interest, Bar-Lev demonstrates, of creating a war-recruitment tool. "The lionization of Pat Tillman was not about the truth," Bar-Lev says. "It was about telling people what they wanted to hear, or really, what the military wanted them to hear." Bar-Lev, who previously took on child genius and hyper-ambitious parents in the art-world documentary "My Kid Could Paint That," also shows with great nuance how Tillman defied both the characterizations of him from the left and the right. Tillman was a man, for instance, who gave up a well-compensated life as a pro athlete to enlist in a war but also was a voracious reader of Noam Chomsky. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-docs-20100619,0,4759986.story
THE GROUND TRUTH
. . . stunned filmgoers at the 2006 Sundance and Nantucket Film Festivals.
Hailed as "powerful" and "quietly unflinching," Patricia Foulkrod's searing documentary feature includes exclusive footage that will stir audiences. The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The terrible conflict in Iraq, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, is a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home – with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government. As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth.
'The Ground Truth' hurts, but it's necessary
September 15, 2006 There are two moments in ``The Ground Truth" when the film's unforgiving spotlight suddenly shines out at the audience sitting in the dark. One is when former US Army specialist Robert Acosta, maimed in the leg and minus a hand, tells of conversations with civilians since his return to the States.
``How'd you lose your hand?" someone will ask. ``The war." ``What war?" ``Iraq." Pause. ``That still going on?"
The other sound bite is less damning, more of a personal challenge, and it comes when ex- US Army Reserve specialist Aidan Delgado simply says, ``Americans want to honor vets with yellow stickers rather than listening to them."
``The Ground Truth" listens. Directed by Patricia Foulkrod but really written by the men and women whose tours of duty it describes, this short, sharp documentary is not about George Bush or left/right politics or 9/11. It's not even really about the war in Iraq. It's about the US soldiers who are fighting that war: why they went, what they saw, how they feel when they come back.
The Ground Truth: "Cinematic Call to Arms"
"The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends" takes an unflinching look at the training and dehumanization of US soldiers, and how they struggle to come to terms with it when they come back home. This film overrides familiar images of heroic soldiers in battle and their overjoyed returning faces as they reunite with their families with one effortless stroke. Instead, we see a scenario that includes illness, amputation and injury, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), of which Iraq has become a fertile breeding ground. While America's poor treatment of veterans is not news to most, "The Ground Truth" makes it so personal and real, it is impossible to dismiss its characters simply as war statistics.
Directed by: Patricia Foulkrod
Writing credits: Patricia Foulkrod
Produced by: Patricia Foulkrod
Original Music by: Lee Curreri
Cinematography by: Reuben Aaronson
Film Editing by: Rob Hall
Sound Department: Samuel Lehmer
Amy Brown: researcher Laura Weinberg: additional editor
Sean Huze is originally from Baton Rouge, LA. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2001-2005 in the infantry field with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. On February 6, 2003 he deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 2nd LAR saw action from Nasirya to Tikrit. They pushed the furthest North of any Marine Corps unit during the invasion phase of the war and were singled out for their tenacity, courage and effectiveness. The enemy bestowed the name Destroyers upon them and they were among the most feared units the Iraqis faced.
Sean was awarded a Certificate of Commendation citing his "courage and self sacrifice throughout sustained combat operations" while in Iraq. Other awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Promotion for Corporal, Presidential Unit Citation, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps on March 7th, 2005 related to an injury he sustained in Nasirya, Iraq.
Upon returning from Iraq, he authored the critically acclaimed play, The Sand Storm: Stories from the Front which ran in Washington, D.C. after two successful runs in Los Angeles, and Weasel which made its debut in September 2005 at The Kennedy Center's Page 2 Stage Festival. His third play, The Dragon Slayer, which tackles Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder brought on by the experience of combat in Iraq, has been optioned by HK Pictures.
Sean continues to work as a writer for stage and film, a military consultant, and an actor. He now lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Nickie and his son, Andrew Patrick.
reveals the complex realities of the situation in Iraq not seen on the nightly news. Told first-hand by our troops, 'Gunner Palace' presents a thought provoking portrait of a dangerous and chaotic war that is personal, highly emotional, sometimes disturbing, surprisingly amusing ... and thoroughly fascinating.
Filmmaker Michael Tucker, who lived with 2/3 Field Artillery, a.k.a. "The Gunners" for two months, captures the lives and humanity of these soldiers whose barracks are the bombed-out pleasure palace of Uday Hussein (nicknamed Gunner Palace), situated in the heart of the most volatile section of Baghdad. With total access to all operations and activities, Tucker's insider footage provides a rare look at the day-to-day lives of these soldiers on the ground -- whether swimming in Uday's pool and playing golf on his putting green or executing raids on suspected terrorists, enduring roadside bombs, mortar attacks, RPGs and snipers.
IRAQ FOR SALE
The story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.
War Profiteers, Profits Over Patriotism in Iraq
The tales sound like tortures from the Arabian Nights. Drivers sent to their deaths in empty convoys dispatched because the contractor is paid by the trip; men stripped naked in prison and attacked by dogs; troops in the desert drinking contaminated water, waiting for meals that never come.
But the stories are not fiction. They come from the American occupation in Iraq, a military operation that has privatized war to an unprecedented degree, using private, commercial companies for everything from feeding the troops to patrolling the streets.
This report explores the unprecedented use of private contractors during the Iraq war and occupation. It shows how the catastrophic failures in Iraqi reconstruction derive directly from the conservative ideology and policies of those who drove this “war of choice.”
Directed by Robert Greenwald
NO END IN SIGHT
The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, NO END IN SIGHT is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Baghdad during the Spring of 2003), Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, and General Jay Garner (in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May 2003) as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, and prominent analysts. NO END IN SIGHT examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy – the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government, and the disbanding of the Iraqi military – largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. How did a group of men with little or no military experience, knowledge of the Arab world or personal experience in Iraq come to make such flagrantly debilitating decisions? NO END IN SIGHT dissects the people, issues and facts behind the Bush Administration’s decisions and their consequences on the ground to provide a powerful look into how arrogance and ignorance turned a military victory into a seemingly endless and deepening nightmare of a war.
“I think this decision to disband the [Iraqi] Army came as a surprise to most of us…” Q: What was your reaction? “I thought we had just created a problem. We had a lot of out of work [Iraqi] soldiers.” – our interview with Richard Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State
NO END SIGHT alternates between U.S. policy decisions and Iraqi consequences, systematically dissecting the Bush Administration’s decisions. The consequences of those decisions now include 3,000 American deaths and 20,000 American wounded, Iraq on the brink of civil war, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths, the strengthening of Iran, the weakening of the U.S. military, and economic costs of over $2 trillion. It marks the first time Americans will be allowed inside the White House, Pentagon, and Baghdad’s Green Zone to understand for themselves what has become the disintegration of Iraq.
THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES
Should we be worried about the threat from organised terrorism or is it simply a phantom menace being used to stop society from falling apart?
In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.
The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.
In a new series, the Power of Nightmares explores how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion.
It is a myth that has spread unquestioned through politics, the security services and the international media.
"Those with the darkest fears became the most powerful Together they created today's nightmare vision of an organised terror network."
A fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. Those with the darkest fears became the most powerful.
The rise of the politics of fear begins in 1949 with two men whose radical ideas would inspire the attack of 9/11 and influence the neo-conservative movement that dominates Washington.
Both these men believed that modern liberal freedoms were eroding the bonds that held society together.
The two movements they inspired set out, in their different ways, to rescue their societies from this decay. But in an age of growing disillusion with politics, the neo-conservatives turned to fear in order to pursue their vision.
They would create a hidden network of evil run by the Soviet Union that only they could see.
The Islamists were faced by the refusal of the masses to follow their dream and began to turn to terror to force the people to "see the truth"'.
The Power of Nightmares will be broadcast over three nights from Tuesday 18 to Thursday, 20 January, 2005 at 2320 GMT on BBC Two. The final part has been updated in the wake of the Law Lords ruling in December that detaining foreign terrorist suspects without trial was illegal.
Al Qaeda's Godfather
With the global rise of political Islamism, many pundits have recently begun paying closer attention to the writings of Egyptian scholar and Muslim Brotherhood publicist Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966), whose radical Milestones and thirty-volume In the Shade of the Koran are said to be masterpieces of jihadist thought and persuasion. These writings, which some analysts consider to be an ideological influence on violent Islamist movements such as al-Qaeda, contain an uncompromising anti-Western slant that Qutb supports with observations from his travel experiences in the United States.
The Rise and Fall of the TV Journalist
Adam Curtis - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9FaIyc4vpU
SIR! NO SIR!
In the 1960’s an anti-war movement emerged that altered the course of history. This movement didn’t take place on college campuses, but in barracks and on aircraft carriers. It flourished in army stockades, navy brigs and in the dingy towns that surround military bases. It penetrated elite military colleges like West Point. And it spread throughout the battlefields of Vietnam. It was a movement no one expected, least of all those in it. Hundreds went to prison and thousands into exile. And by 1971 it had, in the words of one colonel, infested the entire armed services. Yet today few people know about the GI movement against the war in Vietnam.
The Vietnam War has been the subject of hundreds of films, both fiction and non-fiction, but this story–the story of the rebellion of thousands of American soldiers against the war–has never been told in film.This is certainly not for lack of evidence. By the Pentagon’s own figures, 503,926 “incidents of desertion” occurred between 1966 and 1971; officers were being “fragged”(killed with fragmentation grenades by their own troops) at an alarming rate; and by 1971 entire units were refusing to go into battle in unprecedented numbers. In the course of a few short years, over 100 underground newspapers were published by soldiers around the world; local and national antiwar GI organizations were joined by thousands; thousands more demonstrated against the war at every major base in the world in 1970 and 1971, including in Vietnam itself; stockades and federal prisons were filling up with soldiers jailed for their opposition to the war and the military.
Yet few today know of these history-changing events.
Sir! No Sir! will change all that. The film does four things: 1) Brings to life the history of the GI movement through the stories of those who were part of it; 2) Reveals the explosion of defiance that the movement gave birth to with never-before-seen archival material; 3) Explores the profound impact that movement had on the military and the war itself; and 4) The feature, 90 minute version, also tells the story of how and why the GI Movement has been erased from the public memory.
I was part of that movement during the 60’s, and have an intimate connection with it. For two years I worked as a civilian at the Oleo Strut in Killeen, Texas–one of dozens of coffeehouses that were opened near military bases to support the efforts of antiwar soldiers. I helped organize demonstrations of over 1,000 soldiers against the war and the military; I worked with guys from small towns and urban ghettos who had joined the military and gone to Vietnam out of a deep sense of duty and now risked their lives and futures to end the war; and I helped defend them when they were jailed for their antiwar activities. My deep connection with the GI movement has given me unprecedented access to those involved, along with a tremendous amount of archival material including photographs, underground papers, local news coverage and personal 8mm footage.
Sir! No Sir! reveals how, thirty years later, the poem by Bertolt Brecht that became an anthem of the GI Movement still resonates:
- General, man is very useful.
- He can fly and he can kill.
- But he has one defect: He can think.
Produced, Directed and Written by David Zeiger.
Produced by Evangeline Griego and Aaron Zarrow.
Edited by May Rigler and Lindsay Mofford.
Narrated by Troy Garity.
Executive Producer - Peter Broderick.
Co-Producer - Louise Rosen.
Associate Producers - William Short, Michael Slate.
Original Music by Buddy Judge.
Sound Design - Tucker.
Associate Editors - Duc Nguyen, Tucker.
Camera - May Rigler, David Zeiger.
Taxi to the Dark Side
Film on American torture policy wins 2008 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=21749
Alex Gibney in Conversation With Robert Scheer http://www.truthdig.com/interview/item/20080224_alex_gibney_in_conversation_with_robert_scheer/
The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom. The series consists of three, one-hour programmes which explore the concept and definition of freedom, specifically "how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today's idea of freedom."
Prozac Nation? THE RETURNS AREN'T IN. http://www.slate.com/id/2184073/nav/ais/
WHY WE FIGHT
The film describes the rise and maintenance of the United States military-industrial complex while concentrating on wars led by the United States of the last fifty years and in particular on the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. It alleges that every decade since World War II, the American public has been told a lie to bring it into war to fuel the military-economic machine, which in turn maintains American dominance in the world. It includes interviews with John McCain, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle, William Kristol, Gore Vidal and Joseph Cirincione. The film also incorporates the stories of a Vietnam War veteran whose son died in the September 11, 2001 attacks and then had his son's name written on a bomb dropped on Iraq, a 23-year old New York man who enlists in the United States Army citing his financial troubles after his only family member died, and a former Vietnamese refugee who now develops explosives for the American military.
directed by Eugene Jarecki
won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
An eccentric, homemade-feeling documentary compiled over 15 years of interviews and research, Erik Nelson's "Dreams With Sharp Teeth" provides a fitting tribute to the immoderate, confrontational and frequently self-destructive genius of science-fiction legend Harlan Ellison. Very few people can be described as both off-putting and inspirational, but Ellison is one. An autodidact, lady-killer and immensely prolific short-story author whose impact on pop culture is undervalued today, Ellison was once a huge campus celebrity and in old age remains a ferocious radical, undimmed by compromise or common sense. (Opens this week at Film Forum in New York, with more cities likely to follow.) http://www.filmforum.org/films/dreams.html
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