Tag Archives: Journalism

Truth Through A Lens

A stunning feature length debut by an SVA Soc Doc MFA graduate, Justin Thomas, who follows the evolution of Brooklyn street kid, subway train tagger and local community organizing legend, Dennis Flores. Dennis had the courage to pick up a camera, when he saw his neighbors being physically abused for simple demanding decent housing and better treatment by the local police. Of course Dennis himself quickly becomes the target of those for whom telling the truth is not necessarily considered part of the daily job.


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Morning Glory (2010)

DIR Roger Michell; SCR Aline Brosh McKenna  PROD J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk. US, color, 107 min. RATED PG-13

After hard-working producer Rachel McAdams gets fired from her lackluster suburban New Jersey morning show, she lands a new job producing the lowest-rated network morning talk show in New York City. This decidedly mixed blessing includes wrangling randy host Ty Burrell, in bad need of training about sexual harassment in the workplace, and former beauty queen Diane Keaton, frosty behind her fake smile. Meanwhile, disgruntled serious newsman Harrison Ford, McAdams’ idol, is idling away, playing out his contract before retirement. Would he go for a morning show makeover? Time to get to work! Director Roger Michell gets the best from his game cast; screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA). “It grows from human nature and is about how people do their jobs and live their lives. It is wisely not about a May-October romance between McAdams and Ford. It’s more about their love for their work.”—Roger Ebert.




The Daily Miracle (2010)

28m; U.K.

Director: Chris Reeves

Synopsis: About the Morning Star, the only English laguage daily socialist newspaper in the world, and its forerunner, The Daily Worker, which began publication in 1930. The paper is known as the Daily Miracle as it keeps appearing with a staff of 25, against the 300 in most newsrooms, and a government and business boycott of advertising

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Communism/Socialism



Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad (2007)

93m; Mexico

Director: Jill Friedberg

Synopsis: People of Oaxaca take the media into their own hands in support of the teachers’ strike.



Witness To Revolution, The Story of Anna Louise Strong (1984)

27m; U.S.

Director: Lucy Ostrander

Synopsis: This film contains the history of the 1919 Seattle General Strike in the context of the life of Anna Louise Strong, a partisan and a journalist, who reported on the strike and also on the Everett, Washington Massacre, which also took place in the same year. The film provides a close up look at why the strike took place and how it affected the working people of Seattle and the world.


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Witness to the Harvest Pilgrims (2009)

10m; Canada

Director: Vincenzo Pietropaolo

Synopsis: A short documentary featuring the work of acclaimed photographer and social activist Vincenzo Pietropaolo, who has spent the last 25 years capturing images of farm workers and their struggle for justice, diginity and respect.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Documentary, Farm & Food



Seeing Is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (2002)


Director: Katerina CizekPeter Wintonick

Synopsis: The impact of consumer video equipment on international political activism efforts.



Stand Up for Journalism


Synopsis: Widespread cuts in jobs and budgets are seriously damaging the media industry, increasing the strain on journalists, publishing and media workers and compromising the quality and standards of the news and information. Casualisation, increasing concentration of media ownership and profiteering are affecting the ability of journalists and publishing workers to maintain professional standards, with damaging consequences for our democracy. The film is part of a campaign of the International Federation of Journalists, calling on media owners to stop cutting jobs, pay, and resources and start investing more in quality media.

Contact: IFJ 2009 Geneva Labour Film Shorts Festival

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Documentary



Newsies (1992)

121m; U.S.

Director: Kenny Ortega

Cast: Christian Bale, Bill Pullman and Robert Duvall

Synopsis (IMDB): July, 1899: When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise the distribution price one-tenth of a cent per paper, ten cents per hundred, the newsboys, poor enough already, are outraged. Inspired by the strike put on by the trolley workers, Jack “Cowboy” Kelly (Christian Bale) organizes a newsboys’ strike. With David Jacobs (David Moscow) as the brains of the new union, and Jack as the voice, the weak and oppressed found the strength to band together and challenge the powerful.



Patriots Act… Peace Press: The People’s Printing Collective

95m; U.S.

Director: Joseph Daccurso

Contact: Jerry Palmer, Bob Zaugh and Irene Wolt

Synopsis (IMDB): “Dissent is not disloyalty, but rather an expression of First Amendment rights, and art can be both commercial and a weapon. What Woodstock was a film generation, Peace Press was to graphic arts. The times have changed but not the causes for which PatriotS Act.”

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Documentary, Organizing, Politics