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Can a documentary move a social issue agenda forward?

As a member of the film distribution community, most notably relating to documentaries, I have watched more than my fair share of non-fiction films, and studied over years the release patterning of even more. One thing I have learned is that there are no shortage of topics to choose from when it comes to a filmmaker selecting a theme to focus on. From a tour that guides you through Hermitage Masterpieces to a biography of Aleister Crowley (In Search of the Great Beast), films are created and released on a broad spectrum of non-fiction subjects. That was the case in 1984 when I first entered the industry, and that is the case now… 31 years later.

One area that I have seen great expansion is that of films addressing a social or political issue with the agenda of raising awareness or causing viewer perspectives to sway in one direction or another.… Read the rest

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Princes of the Yen: Central Banks and the Transformation of the Economy

Can central banks create booms and busts by manipulating the money supply? Do they do this in order to create a public consensus for economic, political, and social change? Professor Richard Werner, a monetary and development economist at the University of Southampton, says they can do this, and that they are doing this. This is what the Bank of Japan did in the 80s and 90s, and that is what the European Central Bank is doing at this very moment.

The documentary “Princes of the Yen” reveals how Japanese society was transformed to suit the agenda and desire of powerful interest groups, and how citizens were kept entirely in the dark about this. Professor Richard Werner was a visiting researcher at the Bank of Japan during the 90s crash, during which the stock market dropped by 80% and house prices by up to 84%. He experienced first hand how actors inside the Bank of Japan deliberately adopted policies to further an agenda contrary to the interest of the majority of Japanese society.… Read the rest

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John Waters Narrates a Documentary about the Salton Sea

Narrated by John Waters and featuring the Salvation Mountain art installation, Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea explores the economic, political and environmental issues that face the Salton Sea, a one-time vacation destination for the rich and famous that is now occupied by an eccentric and individualistic populace.

 

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Ondi Timoner Discusses ‘American Jesus’ With Aram Garriga

American Jesus was one of my favorite films of 2014 (if you haven’t heard of it, check it out here). Filmmaker Ondi Timoner (Dig!, We Live In Public) has her own talk show called Bring Your Own Doc on LipTV and she’s also a fan of American Jesus. She invited director Aram Garriga to join her for an in depth interview about the making of the film:

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Voices From The Ghosts of Vietnam Are Being Heard Again

It’s been nearly 40 years since what the American media called “The Fall of Saigon” and the Vietnamese referred to as the Liberation. I saw it then as the Fall of Washington.

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The ghosts of Vietnam are back, thanks to two filmmakers with very different takes. The first is Rory Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy’s youngest daughter. Her one-sided account has already been nominated for an Oscar. The second is Tiana, an American of South Vietnamese origin, who made the film, From Hollywood To Hanoi, years ago to promote reconciliation between our two countries.

Tiana is finishing a movie called The General and Me, on her unlikely conversations (for someone from a virulently anti-communist family) with North Vietnam’s legendary and late General Vo Nguyen Giap, a.k.a the “Red Napoleon,“ a.k.a the man whose military doctrines defeated the French Army and later the Pentagon’s brutal Vietnamization strategy.

Giap created the Vietnamese resistance Army at Ho Chi Minh’s request in 1944, and without training, became a military genius.… Read the rest

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Stuck in a Food Coma? Relax With Some of Disinformation’s Documentaries

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We are offering all of our downloadable films for 25% off. This means you can download most of our films for only $7.50. The sale is good until Tuesday (December 2).

Use the code “cyber15″ to get 25% off downloads when checking out! 

Below is the list of titles we have available. Click on the respective links to check ‘em out.

BONUS: cyber15 will also get you 40% off everything except for apparel in our store.


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Mobilize

MOBILIZE is an explosive investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation, including brain cancer and infertility.

To get the DVD, go here.

Greedy Lying Bastards

GREEDY LYING BASTARDS investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem that is placing us on the brink of disaster.

To get the DVD, go here.… Read the rest

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Disinformation is Offering 25% off on All of Our Downloadable Content Until Next Tuesday

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Need a break from the Thanksgiving festivities? Have a food hangover? Or maybe, you just want to sit down and watch a good documentary with your friends and family?

Well, disinformation has you covered. We are offering all of our downloadable content for 25% off. This means you can download most of our films for only $7.50. The sale is good until Tuesday (December 2).

Use the code “cyber15″ to get 25% off downloads when checking out! 

Below is the list of titles we have available. Click on the respective links to check ‘em out.

BONUS: cyber15 will also get you 40% off everything except for apparel in our store.


Disinformation Titles:

Mobilize

MOBILIZE is an explosive investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation, including brain cancer and infertility.

To get the DVD, go here.

Greedy Lying Bastards

GREEDY LYING BASTARDS investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem that is placing us on the brink of disaster.… Read the rest

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PSA: Disinformation 3 Day Weekend Sale – 40% off everything!

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Disinfolks, we are trying to increase the traffic to our store and because it’s a long weekend for most of us, we decided to offer 40% off LIST prices in our store. This is a great opportunity to pick up some titles that you’ve wanted to purchase. You can start using the code right away!

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Use the Code: 3dayweekend

The code is good through midnight (east coast time) September 1, 2014.

Links for easy access:
Books
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