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In case you missed the petition to free jailed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, the petition is here on Susan Norget's web site.

Here's the low-down, direct from the petition:

Jafar Panahi, the internationally acclaimed Iranian director of such award-winning films as The White Balloon, The Circle, Crimson Gold and Offside, was arrested at his home on March 1st in a raid by plain-clothed security forces. He has been held since then in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

Blog entry 05/06/2010 - 4:48pm

Documentary filmmaker and rabble-rouser Michael Moore gave NPR a list of some of his favorite DVDs, even though he admits he doesn't watch DVDs. But hey, just because he's not a potential GreenCine member doesn't mean this isn't a useful list for all of us. GreenCine has all of the films mentioned for rent.

Here's just the first one, and then a link to the whole article on NPR.org.

Czech Dream (2004) You'll be hard-pressed to find a theater playing the documentary project Czech Dream, in which film-school students Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda dress up as CEOs to fake the elaborate opening of a fictional megastore and record the hype surrounding it. The duo uses bogus ad campaigns to reveal the power of consumer culture in the formerly socialist Czech Republic.

 It almost sounds like something Moore would do -- except he says he never could. Moore says because Czech Dream takes place in a country that, unlike the U.S., is new to capitalism, it's much more insightful than anything he could have made.

"I'm caught up probably just as much in the consumer culture as the next person," Moore says. "[The film] had more to say about us than about people in the Czech Republic."

"It was funny, which is so rare in documentaries," Moore says. "I've been encouraging documentary filmmakers to use more and more humor, and they're loath to do that because they think if it's a documentary it has to be deadly serious -- it has to be like medicine that you're supposed to take. And I think it's what keeps the mass audience from going to documentaries."

Bottom line: "I just loved it."

Whole story on NPR.org

Blog entry 04/21/2010 - 12:16pm

David Lean "Widescreen" and "epic" are the words that spring to mind when you hear the name David Lean. The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, A Passage to India: Big, sweeping, Oscar-scooping historical pageants, all. But Lean, who would have turned 100 this year, was hardly a one-trick pony. The British Film Institute has restored several of his earlier, overlooked features and screened them in a retrospective that began in London in the spring and now arrives on our shores - first stop, New York's Film Forum.

At the Daily, we've been following critical reaction all year-long to what essentially amounts to a rediscovery of a landmark talent. Take a look here, here and here.

Blog entry 09/15/2008 - 6:31am

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