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

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A Brief History of disinformation® and Its Sister Labels

History – disinformation® and Formation of TDC Entertainment

TDCFormed in 1997, The Disinformation Company is an independent media company that produces and distributes quality documentary films. The company’s lead brand disinformation® also includes the blog we’ve all come to know and love (or hate) and the Disinformation Books imprint, now operated by Red Wheel/Weiser.

In 2011, we formed True Mind Films. While disinformation® focuses primarily on politics and social activism, True Mind “is dedicated to healthy living, environmental wellness and personal development.” Some of its films include Bee People, How it All Began: The Origins of the Universal Healing Tao and Planeat.

In 2012, a third label was born: Shelter Island, our home for quality documentaries and special interest video that don’t quite fit the mould of disinformation® or True Mind. Releases include Doctors of the Dark Side, Journey of the Universe, and American Jesus.

To unite all of these labels, in 2013 we changed the company’s trading name to TDC Entertainment.… Read the rest

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‘Protect And Survive': Seventies Guide To Surviving A Nuclear War

Be sure to pack toys and games for the kiddies! Oh, man. Surely they knew that this was preposterous by the time this was produced.

Check out the British film Threads far more realistic (and emotionally scarring) look at life after a nuclear war. It came on PBS one night when I was ten years old and war with the USSR seemed more of a possibility with every passing day. I recently found the film and watched it again, expecting it to be nowhere near as disturbing as I remembered it. Nope. Still freaked me the hell out. Made The Day After look like a “Very Special Episode” of The Brady Bunch. I’ve embedded that film after the jump.

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Tim Freccia On Shooting Documentaries In A War Zone

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My first thought? DON’T. I’m thankful that there are people who do, though, like documentarian Tim Freccia:

Tim Freccia just returned from shooting Saving South Sudan, where he worked in one of the bloodiest conflicts on earth. Here’s how he got the work done, even under threat of Ugandan gunships.

Tim’s covered crisis and conflict around the world — Haiti, Libya, Congo, Somalia, Kashmir and more — for outlets including Vice, Al Jazeera, the BBC, Der Spiegel, TIME and many others, in both photo and video. He’s been doing it since 1989 too and hasn’t died yet, so we figured he must know a thing or two about working in war zones.

IW: You’re sticking a camera in someone’s face while they’re sticking a gun in yours. How do you avoid being shot?

TF: I’ve been covering conflict for nearly three decades. This doesn’t mean just grabbing a camera and parachuting into a war zone.

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America’s Most Progressive Filmmaker

Robert Greenwald. Photo: Sam Smith (CC)

Robert Greenwald. Photo: Sam Smith (CC)

And the award goes to… Robert Greenwald! Okay, so I just created an award out of thin air, but Greenwald is more prolific and arguably more successful in changing attitudes and policy than the other leading candidate for such an award, Michael Moore. Jeffrey Fleishman profiles Greenwald for the Los Angeles Times:

In an old, whitewashed motel, where folklore has it studio executives once brought their secretaries for “lunch,” Robert Greenwald, a mercurial man trailed by insults and death threats, leads a small band of filmmakers dedicated to unnerving political and corporate powers with righteous anger and quick-cut editing.

Greenwald embodies the populism of George Bailey and the sly delight of a spy handed a secret dossier. His Brave New Films has skewered Wal-Mart, Fox News (Bill O’Reilly despises him) and the conservative politics of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Greenwald’s narratives have criticized the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and his latest documentary condemns the Obama administration’s drone program for killing civilians in Pakistan and other countries in a misguided strategy to combat terror.

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Robert Greenwald on How America Embraced Drone Warfare

Activist documentarian Robert Greenwald can be relied on to address the most topical issues of the moment, ranging from Wal-Mart’s dubious employment practices to corporate war profiteering in Iraq, exposing the Koch Brothers or showing what happens to whistleblowers.

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His latest film is Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars. Jesse Hicks interviews Greenwald for The Verge:

What drew you to this topic in the first place? Did your perspective change as you worked on the documentary?

I was drawn to it because I’ve done a series of films and investigations around the war issues. I did the first film around the Iraq war and the reasons we were given for it; I did another film called Iraq for Sale about war profiteering; I went to Afghanistan and did a film challenging the military policy there. I see the idea of the bipartisan militarization of policy — the bipartisan belief that we will be safer by invading or occupying or droning — as one that is highly questionable.

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‘Windy City Heat': The Greatest Trick Comedy Ever Pulled

220px-WindycityheatSteven Hyden at Grantland wrote a piece about legendary movie-within-a-movie Windy City Heat, a film that is ostensibly about a “sports detective”, but is actually about a terrible actor who believes he’s in a movie about a “sports detective”. Oh, and if you’re interested in a more straightforward documentary on the corrosive quality of sudden fame, I strongly recommend Overnight, a film that profiles the sudden rise and ego-fueled fall of Boondock Saints director Troy Duffy.

Via Grantland:

Based on what I’ve briefly related about Windy City Heat, you’ve likely reached an obvious conclusion: There’s no way that the film-within-the-film is for real. You’d have to be pretty dense not to recognize the signs — Caravello is clearly a terrible actor, the sports detective premise is ludicrous, and the Fridge is far too dignified to appear in such a low-rent project.

Sure enough, a series of inserts appearing over the opening scene informs the audience that all of this Stone Fury business is really an elaborate prank that everyone is in on except for Caravello.

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Neurons To Nirvana

Neurons To Nirvana is a feature documentary about the resurgence of psychedelics as medicine. Through interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, the film explores the history of five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their previously established medicinal potential.


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The world premiere is on October 19th in New York City and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

RICK DOBLIN, PH.D., MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies);

JULIE HOLLAND, M.D., psychiatrist & editor (Ecstasy: The Complete Guide & The Pot Book: The Complete Guide to Cannabis);

GÁBOR MÁTÉ, M.D., addiction & ADD Expert, best-selling author (In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction);

JEREMY NARBY, PH.D., anthropologist and author (The Cosmic Serpent, & Intelligence in Nature) and

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Koch Brothers Suppressed Documentary Film

Those pesky billionaires, Charles and David Koch, stretch their tentacles wherever their money is accepted, and it seems as though public television is no exception. Brian Stelter describes the unfortunate plight of the film Citizen Koch in his report for the New York Times (don’t forget, of course, that Robert Greenwald’s documentary Koch Brothers Exposed is on sale right now):

One year ago, the filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal thought they had hit the public television jackpot. ITVS, an arm of public television that finances independent documentaries, had signaled interest in subsidizing and broadcasting a film about the influence of big-dollar donors on elections. At the time, Ms. Lessin and Mr. Deal were calling their documentary “Citizen Corp,” and they were expecting $150,000 from ITVS to help them finish producing it.

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Then a few things happened. Last fall, the film was renamed “Citizen Koch,” a reference to Charles G.

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Witchsploitation! Witchcraft “Documentaries” From the Golden Age of Groovy

One of my favorite blogs, A Few Years in the Absolute Elsewhere (A nice reference to The Morning of the Magicians, that.) has quite a treat on offer today. Author Tristan Eldritch has written a nice round-up on witchcraft-themed “documentaries” from the sixties and seventies. Although I’ve embedded a documentary here, I firmly suggest you check out the original article.

A Few Years in the Absolute Elsewhere:

“Being so prevalent in the fictional cinema of the period, it is unsurprising that witchcraft also seeped into the seedier corners of British filmmaking. Now appearing quaint and incongruous, putative “documentaries” were often produced as a means of slipping copious nudity past the censor, these films finding a ready audience among the so-called “dirty mac” set in Soho sex cinemas…”

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WARNING: Film (NSFP) Not Safe for Prudes.

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