From Jim Gilliam's blog archives
Taking on a Giant
June 1, 2005 12:49 AM
The New York Times has an article in tomorrow's paper about the secret film I've been working on for the last 6 months with Robert: WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price. So that makes it not a secret any more!
The headline is great: Taking on a Giant (Whistleblowers Welcome).
I'll be talking about this a lot, obviously, but for now, check out the website I built with Jesse Haff (the design is great, and it's all his), and the teaser trailer from our uber-editor Chris Gordon (the guy behind some of those now legendary Outfoxed sequences).
The film won't be out until November 13th, but we're going public early so we can get a lot more people involved. We're asking people to email photos of their communities affected by Wal-Mart, contribute video, donate, and signup to host screenings in November. This is gonna be fun.
Taking on a Giant
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Wed Jun 1 2005 6:59 AM
This project will accomplish nothing but line the film makers pockets with liberal money.
Wed Jun 1 2005 1:23 PM
While researching WalMart in college, I stumbled on video of a WalMart convention for its upper management. Whoa. It came off looking like some twisted Benny Hinn pep rally.
These folks had to scream their loyalty in planned out cheers and sing its praises in real songs penned for the event. Do you believe!
Let me repeat...YOU HAD TO SING. I felt dirty after seeing it. It's one creepy business model those crazy Arkansonians have cooked up.
Anyway...sounds like a great idea Jim. Look forward to seeing your project's take on the behemoth.
Wed Jun 1 2005 3:47 PM
Did you know the fed's called their investigation of WalMart's labor practices "Operation: Rollback"?
Wed Jun 1 2005 3:48 PM
Tom from Madison:
I have to disagree with the nameless one's assesment:
"This project will accomplish nothing but line the film makers pockets with liberal money."
People do care where their money goes and what it funds. I'm not talking about films here, I'm talking about the billions spent at Wal-Mart.
There is a grass-roots backlash against Wal-Mart's destruction of communities for very good reason. People who can afford it may shop elsewhere. Others might at least be considering just how important getting the lowest price is--especially weighed against the impact on their home town main street.
That's a good thing!
Wed Jun 1 2005 5:20 PM
Exciting news! We've got a Wal-Mart moving into our idyllic small-town community (Belmont, NC), and it's stirring things up. I'll see what I can come up with for you in terms of stuff you can maybe use in your film.
I'm also going to look into hosting a screening at our church. I think this is a worthwhile topic, as we desire to explore these issues of justice (including economic justice) in our society.
I've also got it blogged here:
I especially like Greenwald's vision for the film being a "catalyst" for larger societal change. I hope that it works!
Lynchburg Emergent Cohort
Thu Jun 2 2005 10:41 AM