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OUTFOXED
Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Outfoxed" examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person. Media experts, including Walter Cronkite, Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society. This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said "There's no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can't be crossed." 77 mins Show times: 8:00 Only.


Friday, August 6 - Thursday, August 12

OUTFOXED
Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Outfoxed" examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person. Media experts, including Walter Cronkite, Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society. This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said "There's no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can't be crossed." 77 mins Show times: Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45. Additional Wed, Sat, & Sun matinees at (1:00), 2:45 & 4:30. NO 9:45 SHOW THURS 8/12.

"What is a surprise are the smoking guns Greenwald digs up to show just how it's done. Fox's firees and escapees – producers, contributors, and newscasters – speak, sometimes under duress, about tortured tenures in Murdoch's mad, mad media world."
-- Susan Gerhard, SF Bay Guardian

"Capable of astonishing" -- SF Chronicle

"These are heady days for documentary filmmakers" -- SF Chronicle

ALSO PLAYING:
Friday, August 6 - Thursday, August 12.. MUST END!

The Hunting of the President

There can be no doubt that we live in one of the most tumultuous political climates of the nation's history, a climate where politicians can be toppled on a whim, election results disputed in the country's highest courts, and governors unceremoniously recalled. It's enough to leave even the most cynical voter asking, how did this happen? This feature documentary focuses on the 10-year campaign to destroy President William Jefferson Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Based on the best-selling book The Hunting of the President by authors Joe Conason and Gene Lyons, the film reveals how the antagonists sought to drive President Clinton and his administration out of office. Going behind the scenes, filmmakers identify a loose cabal of enemies who were motivated by spite, ideological zeal and personal gain. It also depicts the story of how the media was abused in the process, as news organizations and their reporters succumbed to this scandal phenomena in an unprecedented reversal of muckraking journalism. PREMIERE. Dir. Harry Thomason and Nicholas Perry. Cast: Various media personalities as themselves. Official Website 89 min. Nightly: 6:00 & 9:00. Sat, and Sun matinees at (2:00).

"The Hunting of the President” tells a scary story. It’s about a power grab that almost overturned an election and about a dark element in U.S. political life that’s still out there, and flourishing." -- Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle

"A potent screen translation of Gene Lyons and Joe Conason's bestseller, methodically compiles evidence suggesting there was indeed (as Hillary famously put it) "a vast right-wing conspiracy" waged against the Clinton White House". -- Variety

"Susan McDougal: She didn't sing in prison but she's talking now" -- Laurel Wellman, SF Chronicle.

"Unimpeachable Argument" -- ePicks.

ALSO PLAYING:
Friday, August 6 - Thursday, August 12 .. MUST END!

HIJACKING CATASTROPHE: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire is a powerful new documentary that examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social problems at home. The documentary places the Bush Administration’s false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neo-conservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of military force. At the same time, the film argues that the Bush Administration has sold this radical and controversial plan for aggressive American military intervention by deliberately manipulating intelligence, political imagery, and the fears of the American people after 9/11. HIJACKING CATASTROPHE features interviews with more than twenty prominent political observers, including Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Col. (ret) Karen Kwiatkowski, who witnessed first hand how the Bush Administration set up a sophisticated propaganda operation to link the anxieties generated by 9/11 to a pre-existing foreign policy agenda that included a preemptive war on Iraq. At its core, the film places the deceptions of the Bush Administration within the larger frame of questions seldom posed in the mainstream: What, exactly, is the agenda that drove the administration’s pre-war deceptions? How is 9/11 being used to sell this agenda? And what are the stakes for America, Americans, and the world if this agenda succeeds in being fully implemented during a second Bush term? FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH: Benjamin Barber / Medea Benjamin / Noam Chomsky / Kevin Danaher / Mark Danner / Daniel Ellsberg / Michael Franti / Stan Goff / William Hartung / Robert Jensen / Chalmers Johnson / Lt. Col. (Ret.) Karen Kwiatkowski / Norman Mailer / Scott Ritter / Vandana Shiva / Norman Solomon / Immanuel Wallerstein / Jody Williams / and others 68 mins. Written and Directed by Jeremy Earp & Sut Jhally. In Color. 68 mins. 2004. United States. Show times: Nightly 7:45. Additional Sat & Sun matinees at (4:00).

"Gripping". -- John McMurtrie, SF Chronicle

"Paints a horrifying portrait of organized U.S. imperialist expansion and public deception stretching back to the dawn of the Reagan era." -- SF Bay Guardian

"In almost every way HIJACKING CATASTROPHE is deeper, more thorough and more rigorous in its claims than Fahrenheit 9/11". Melissa Levine -- SF Weekly


Saturday, August 7
11:00 am -1:00 pm ONLY.

Fast Forward
Film Festival

Party with Renegade Youth Media at the The second annual Fast Forward Film Festival A unique showcase of SF filmmakers 19 and under DJ's, B-Boys and B-Girls, free food, Q & A with filmmakers Renegade Youth Media is a free media and film program for youth 19 and under The Festival is part of an effort to further the independent and alternative media networks of the Bay Area. $2. For youth $5. For adults (No one turned away for lack of funds) For more information contact: mobilemedia@mail.com. Today at 11:00 am -1:00 pm ONLY.


Thursday, August 12

Special Screening sponsored by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

OUTFOXED
Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

On August 12, 2004, in conjunction with Roxie Cinema, City Lights Books is sponsoring a special viewing of OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. After the viewing, there will be Q & A discussion session with Robert Jensen professor of media law, ethics, and politics at the University of Texas, Austin and author of Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity(City Lights 2004) and Lakshmi Chaudhry, senior editor at AlterNet and co-author of The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq (Akashic Books and Seven Stories Press). Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person. Media experts, including Walter Cronkite, Jeff Cohen (FAIR), Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy), and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society. Robert Jensen is a professor of media law, ethics, and politics at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity, published by City Lights Books, among other books. He also writes for popular media, and his opinion and analytic pieces on foreign policy, politics, and race have appeared in papers and magazines throughout the United States. Lakshmi Chaudhry is a senior editor at San Francisco-based AlterNet.org, a project of the nonprofit Independent Media Institute. She has written for Mother Jones, the Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, and other publications and is the author, with Robert Scheer and Christopher Scheer, of The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq, published by Akashic Books and Seven Stories Press. doors open at 7:30 pm film begins at 8 pm. NO 9:45 SHOW TONIGHT general admission is $8.00, senior and children discount is $4.00


Friday, August 13 - Thursday, August 19







“If you picked some of the all-time great albums in American rock, soul, and jazz, chances are one name might be found on the back of almost every one: Tom Dowd...the best-kept secret behind five decades of brilliant music. Serendipitous accident may best describe how this unsung hero/producer and recording pioneer stumbled into a control room. Thank God may best describe how the rest of the industry feels about it. From the perfection of live mixing to the introduction of eight-track recording, the mythology of exactly how much impact Dowd has had is still up for grabs. His diverse and genuine love of work is remembered in part through intimate interviews with such icon friends as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, and the Allman Brothers Band. Unfortunately, John Coltrane, Otis Redding, and Thelonious Monk were no longer available. Using rhythms of the songs he mixed, along with a tapestry of historical footage, performances, and Dowd's own humble narrative, Miami filmmaker Mark Moormann has created a homage that takes on an enduring and loving life of its own. It is hard not to mourn Dowd's recent passing, coming just months before this worthy celebration of a life spent in human philanthropy." -- Joseph Beyer,Sundance Film Festival Official site. Director & Producer: Mark Moormann. U.S.A., 2003, 90 Minutes, Color. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:00,8:00 & 9:45. Additional Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00 & 4:00.

"There's just so much greatness on display here - and so many great songs, one after another! - that by the time we make it to a delighted Dowd sitting at his console revisiting the 30-year-old master of "Layla," breaking down the tracks, walking us through the dueling guitars, the bass, the drums, the piano...even describing how he came to introduce Clapton and Duane Allman in the first place... we're giddy." -- Film Threat

"Enlightened" -- Kenneth Turan, NPR

"Interweaving archival snippets of performances and interviews with musicians and record executives ... the film includes many fascinating anecdotes about the creation of some of the most famous modern rock and soul recordings." -- Stephen Holden, NT Times

"Remarkable" -- Joel Selvin, SF Chronicle

"A tiny piece of pure gold." -- SF Bay Guardian

ALSO SHOWING
Friday, August 13 - Thursday, August 19

IN PERSON after every show Saturday, and matinee shows Sunday:
Jeremy Glick, Fox News victim and Bill O'Reilly guest who survived to recount the experience in one of the movie's most engaging segments!

OUTFOXED
Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Outfoxed" examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person. Media experts, including Walter Cronkite, Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society. This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said "There's no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can't be crossed." 77 mins Show times: Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45. Additional Wed, Sat, & Sun matinees at (1:00), 2:45 & 4:30. IN PERSON: Jeremy Glick after every show Saturday, and matinee shows Sunday. A central character in OUTFOXED, Jeremy Glick’s father was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Jeremy came to Bill O’Reilly’s attention after signing a ‘Not in My Name Petition’. Glicks provocative appearance on the O’Reilly Factor is a highlight of the film.

"What is a surprise are the smoking guns Greenwald digs up to show just how it's done. Fox's firees and escapees – producers, contributors, and newscasters – speak, sometimes under duress, about tortured tenures in Murdoch's mad, mad media world."
-- Susan Gerhard, SF Bay Guardian

"Capable of astonishing" -- SF Chronicle

"These are heady days for documentary filmmakers" -- SF Chronicle


ALSO PLAYING:
Saturday, August 14
12:30pm .. ONLY

HIJACKING CATASTROPHE: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire is a powerful new documentary that examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social problems at home. The documentary places the Bush Administration’s false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neo-conservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of military force. At the same time, the film argues that the Bush Administration has sold this radical and controversial plan for aggressive American military intervention by deliberately manipulating intelligence, political imagery, and the fears of the American people after 9/11. HIJACKING CATASTROPHE features interviews with more than twenty prominent political observers, including Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Col. (ret) Karen Kwiatkowski, who witnessed first hand how the Bush Administration set up a sophisticated propaganda operation to link the anxieties generated by 9/11 to a pre-existing foreign policy agenda that included a preemptive war on Iraq. At its core, the film places the deceptions of the Bush Administration within the larger frame of questions seldom posed in the mainstream: What, exactly, is the agenda that drove the administration’s pre-war deceptions? How is 9/11 being used to sell this agenda? And what are the stakes for America, Americans, and the world if this agenda succeeds in being fully implemented during a second Bush term? FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH: Benjamin Barber / Medea Benjamin / Noam Chomsky / Kevin Danaher / Mark Danner / Daniel Ellsberg / Michael Franti / Stan Goff / William Hartung / Robert Jensen / Chalmers Johnson / Lt. Col. (Ret.) Karen Kwiatkowski / Norman Mailer / Scott Ritter / Vandana Shiva / Norman Solomon / Immanuel Wallerstein / Jody Williams / and others 68 mins. Written and Directed by Jeremy Earp & Sut Jhally. In Color. 68 mins. 2004. United States. Show times: Today at 12:30pm only.

"Gripping". -- John McMurtrie, SF Chronicle

"Paints a horrifying portrait of organized U.S. imperialist expansion and public deception stretching back to the dawn of the Reagan era." -- SF Bay Guardian

"In almost every way HIJACKING CATASTROPHE is deeper, more thorough and more rigorous in its claims than Fahrenheit 9/11". Melissa Levine -- SF Weekly


Friday, August 20 - Thursday, August 26

OUTFOXED
Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Outfoxed" examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person. Media experts, including Walter Cronkite, Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society. This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said "There's no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can't be crossed." 77 mins Show times: Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45. Additional Wed, Sat, & Sun matinees at (1:00), 2:45 & 4:30.

"What is a surprise are the smoking guns Greenwald digs up to show just how it's done. Fox's firees and escapees – producers, contributors, and newscasters – speak, sometimes under duress, about tortured tenures in Murdoch's mad, mad media world."
-- Susan Gerhard, SF Bay Guardian

"Capable of astonishing" -- SF Chronicle

"These are heady days for documentary filmmakers" -- SF Chronicle

ALSO SHOWING
Friday, August 20 - Thursday, August 26

Tom Dowd







“If you picked some of the all-time great albums in American rock, soul, and jazz, chances are one name might be found on the back of almost every one: Tom Dowd...the best-kept secret behind five decades of brilliant music. Serendipitous accident may best describe how this unsung hero/producer and recording pioneer stumbled into a control room. Thank God may best describe how the rest of the industry feels about it. From the perfection of live mixing to the introduction of eight-track recording, the mythology of exactly how much impact Dowd has had is still up for grabs. His diverse and genuine love of work is remembered in part through intimate interviews with such icon friends as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, and the Allman Brothers Band. Unfortunately, John Coltrane, Otis Redding, and Thelonious Monk were no longer available. Using rhythms of the songs he mixed, along with a tapestry of historical footage, performances, and Dowd's own humble narrative, Miami filmmaker Mark Moormann has created a homage that takes on an enduring and loving life of its own. It is hard not to mourn Dowd's recent passing, coming just months before this worthy celebration of a life spent in human philanthropy." -- Joseph Beyer,Sundance Film Festival Official site. Director & Producer: Mark Moormann. U.S.A., 2003, 90 Minutes, Color. Show times: Nightly at 6:00,8:00 . Additional Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00 & 4:00. Showtimes:

"There's just so much greatness on display here - and so many great songs, one after another! - that by the time we make it to a delighted Dowd sitting at his console revisiting the 30-year-old master of "Layla," breaking down the tracks, walking us through the dueling guitars, the bass, the drums, the piano...even describing how he came to introduce Clapton and Duane Allman in the first place... we're giddy." -- Film Threat

"Enlightened" -- Kenneth Turan, NPR

"Interweaving archival snippets of performances and interviews with musicians and record executives ... the film includes many fascinating anecdotes about the creation of some of the most famous modern rock and soul recordings." -- Stephen Holden, NT Times

"Remarkable" -- Joel Selvin, SF Chronicle

"A tiny piece of pure gold." -- SF Bay Guardian

ALSO PLAYING:
Friday, August 20 - Thursday, August 26.... MUST END 8/26!

HIJACKING CATASTROPHE: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire is a powerful new documentary that examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social problems at home. The documentary places the Bush Administration’s false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neo-conservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of military force. At the same time, the film argues that the Bush Administration has sold this radical and controversial plan for aggressive American military intervention by deliberately manipulating intelligence, political imagery, and the fears of the American people after 9/11. HIJACKING CATASTROPHE features interviews with more than twenty prominent political observers, including Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Col. (ret) Karen Kwiatkowski, who witnessed first hand how the Bush Administration set up a sophisticated propaganda operation to link the anxieties generated by 9/11 to a pre-existing foreign policy agenda that included a preemptive war on Iraq. At its core, the film places the deceptions of the Bush Administration within the larger frame of questions seldom posed in the mainstream: What, exactly, is the agenda that drove the administration’s pre-war deceptions? How is 9/11 being used to sell this agenda? And what are the stakes for America, Americans, and the world if this agenda succeeds in being fully implemented during a second Bush term? FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH: Benjamin Barber / Medea Benjamin / Noam Chomsky / Kevin Danaher / Mark Danner / Daniel Ellsberg / Michael Franti / Stan Goff / William Hartung / Robert Jensen / Chalmers Johnson / Lt. Col. (Ret.) Karen Kwiatkowski / Norman Mailer / Scott Ritter / Vandana Shiva / Norman Solomon / Immanuel Wallerstein / Jody Williams / and others 68 mins. Written and Directed by Jeremy Earp & Sut Jhally. In Color. 68 mins. 2004. United States. Show times: Nightly at 9:45 only.

"Gripping". -- John McMurtrie, SF Chronicle

"Paints a horrifying portrait of organized U.S. imperialist expansion and public deception stretching back to the dawn of the Reagan era." -- SF Bay Guardian

"In almost every way HIJACKING CATASTROPHE is deeper, more thorough and more rigorous in its claims than Fahrenheit 9/11". Melissa Levine -- SF Weekly


Friday, August 27 - Thursday, September 2

Orwell Rolls
In His Grave

Director Robert Kane Pappas’ ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE is the consummate critical examination of the Fourth Estate, once the bastion of American democracy. Asking whether America has entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth, Pappas explores what the media doesn’t like to talk about: itself. Meticulously tracing the process by which media has distorted and often dismissed actual news events, Pappas presents a riveting and eloquent mix of media professionals and leading intellectual voices on the media. Among the cast of characters in ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE are Charles Lewis, director of the Center for Public Integrity, Vincent Bugliosi, former L.A. prosecutor and legal scholar, film director and author Michael Moore, Rep. Bernie Sanders, Danny Schecter, author and former producer for ABC and CNN, and Tony Benn, former member of the British Parliament. From the very size of the media monopolies and how they got that way to who decides what gets on the air and what doesn’t, ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE moves through a troubling list of questions and news stories that go unanswered and unreported in the mainstream media. Are Americans being given the information a democracy needs to survive or have they been electronically lobotomized? Has the frenzy for media consolidation led to a dangerous irony where in an era of more news sources the majority of the population has actually become less informed? ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE reminds us that 1984 is no longer a date in the future. Director/Editor/Writer/Narrator: Robert Kane Pappas. Running time: 105 mins. Show times: Nightly at 7:00 & 9:15. Wed, Sat, Sun matinees at 2:00, 4:30.

"Those who've never thought about these issues may be in for the shock of their lives. " -- Jonathan Curiel, SF Chronicle

ALSO SHOWING
Friday, August 27 - Thursday, September 2

OUTFOXED
Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Outfoxed" examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person. Media experts, including Walter Cronkite, Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society. This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said "There's no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can't be crossed." 77 mins Show times: Nightly at 6:15, 9:45. Additional Sat, & Sun matinees at (2:00).

"What is a surprise are the smoking guns Greenwald digs up to show just how it's done. Fox's firees and escapees – producers, contributors, and newscasters – speak, sometimes under duress, about tortured tenures in Murdoch's mad, mad media world."
-- Susan Gerhard, SF Bay Guardian

"Capable of astonishing" -- SF Chronicle

"These are heady days for documentary filmmakers" -- SF Chronicle

ALSO SHOWING
Friday, August 27 - Thursday, September 2..... Ends Thurs!

Tom Dowd







“If you picked some of the all-time great albums in American rock, soul, and jazz, chances are one name might be found on the back of almost every one: Tom Dowd...the best-kept secret behind five decades of brilliant music. Serendipitous accident may best describe how this unsung hero/producer and recording pioneer stumbled into a control room. Thank God may best describe how the rest of the industry feels about it. From the perfection of live mixing to the introduction of eight-track recording, the mythology of exactly how much impact Dowd has had is still up for grabs. His diverse and genuine love of work is remembered in part through intimate interviews with such icon friends as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, and the Allman Brothers Band. Unfortunately, John Coltrane, Otis Redding, and Thelonious Monk were no longer available. Using rhythms of the songs he mixed, along with a tapestry of historical footage, performances, and Dowd's own humble narrative, Miami filmmaker Mark Moormann has created a homage that takes on an enduring and loving life of its own. It is hard not to mourn Dowd's recent passing, coming just months before this worthy celebration of a life spent in human philanthropy." -- Joseph Beyer,Sundance Film Festival Official site. Director & Producer: Mark Moormann. U.S.A., 2003, 90 Minutes, Color. Show times: Nightly at 8:00. Additional Sat & Sun matinees at (4:00) Showtimes:

"There's just so much greatness on display here - and so many great songs, one after another! - that by the time we make it to a delighted Dowd sitting at his console revisiting the 30-year-old master of "Layla," breaking down the tracks, walking us through the dueling guitars, the bass, the drums, the piano...even describing how he came to introduce Clapton and Duane Allman in the first place... we're giddy." -- Film Threat

"Enlightened" -- Kenneth Turan, NPR

"Interweaving archival snippets of performances and interviews with musicians and record executives ... the film includes many fascinating anecdotes about the creation of some of the most famous modern rock and soul recordings." -- Stephen Holden, NT Times

"Remarkable" -- Joel Selvin, SF Chronicle

"A tiny piece of pure gold." -- SF Bay Guardian


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