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Uncovered in LA Times

June 15, 2004 9:29 AM

Uncovered was mentioned in a big frontpage article in the Calendar section of the LA Times this morning:


But it's not just newcomers getting into the field. Veteran filmmaker Robert Greenwald ("Steal This Movie"), motivated by what he saw as a "critical time in the life of our country," decided to produce and direct "Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War." The film pointedly contrasts Bush administration statements about the war with those of 25 former high-ranking government employees. Financed in part and widely publicized via e-mail by the liberal Web-based group moveon.org, a 60-minute DVD version of "Uncovered" already has been seen by an estimated 100,000 people. Thousands saw it one night last fall in a mass screening organized by moveon.org in 3,000 homes
nationwide.

Los Angeles-based distributor Philippe Diaz was so impressed by the short version of "Uncovered" that he saw in a Santa Monica theater last fall when it got a standing ovation that he helped expand it to 90 minutes, transfer it to 35-millimeter film and launch an international marketing campaign. The theatrical version will open in New York in mid-August, two weeks before the Republican National Convention opens there. Greenwald hopes he can win some hearts and minds there. "If they show they are a member of the convention," Greenwald says, "they can get in free."

Inspired by the successes of Greenwald and Moore, other political documentarians are working at breakneck speed to get their films into theaters before voter interest wanes.

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Read the 5 comments.

Paul Stone:

"With few exceptions, the projects criticize the Bush administration. Some say the filmmakers are stepping into the breach left by journalists who have failed to ask hard questions out of fear of appearing unpatriotic."

Exactly.

Tue Jun 15 2004 10:09 AM


foov2:

Wish I could see the article but LA Times wants me to pay or do a trail to see the Calendar section. Stupid capitalists! It's always about money.

Thu Jun 17 2004 5:28 PM


dhermesc:

"With few exceptions, the projects criticize the Bush administration. Some say the filmmakers are stepping into the breach left by journalists who have failed to ask hard questions out of fear of appearing unpatriotic."

Thanks to McCain-Feingold its also illegal.

Fri Jun 25 2004 5:45 AM


Jim Gilliam:

Pretty amazing huh? Gotta love that freedom of speech.

The question isn't whether the movies themselves are legal. The FEC is deciding whether companies can air ADS about the movies within 30 days of a primary election, it doesn't shut down the movies per se, although it would be a huge blow.

Fri Jun 25 2004 8:34 AM


dhermesc:

True the movies are "legal" until a court decides they are not. Actually the entire law is a giant mess. I consider it a much greater threat then the Patriot Act 1 or 2 - especially since the supreme court has found it "constitutional".

Fri Jun 25 2004 11:29 AM


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