Tag Archives | Documentary

One Nation, Overweight

A serious look at a serious problem – the ever-expanding numbers of Americans who are overweight and obese – arrives on cable TV this evening with CNBC’s documentary One Nation, Overweight. It receives a serious review from Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times, below. (For an alternative, but equally serious, documentary on the topic, disinformation also recommends Killer At Large: Why Obesity Is America’s Greatest Threat.)

There are two Americas.

One is a ruling minority of the healthy few who rely on vegetable gardens, personal trainers and spa getaways to stay fit. The other is the majority of Americans, who are overweight or obese, many of whom risk their own form of assisted living — XXXL clothes, mobility scooters and diabetes treatments that can tip over $50,000 a year.

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One Nation Overweight (CNBC)

“One Nation, Overweight” is a CNBC documentary on Tuesday that provides a chilling portrait of a health epidemic that endangers all Americans — without being overly alarmist or too sanguine.

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Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity Movie Crashes A Computer

A funny thing happened when they tried to screen The Singularity is Near. After the lights went down, a computer crash prevented the movie from starting! “Ray Kurzweil got back on stage…and good-naturedly reassured us that the technology was getting better. A couple of minutes later, the movie started…”

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The new documentary is a clear rendition of the ideas in Kurzweil’s book, including nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, “with Bill McKibben in the role of the friendly flat out opponent, Bill Joy playing the reasonable but worried man, and Mitch Kapor doubting the technological possibilities… K. Eric Drexler, MIT roboticist Cynthia Breazeal, desktop manufacturing guru Neil Gershenfeld and many many more are woven in to support the idea – and the more hopeful potentials – of accelerating change leading to radical alterations in life (itself).”

The movie includes a second fictional narrative showing the future, “and – one of them, at least – is rather affecting.” And there’s also allusions to Fringe, The Matrix, and “lots of very groovy, trippy, and playful graphics.”

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Join Us for the Premiere of Danny Schechter’s ‘Plunder’

If you're in the New York metro area for this event (details below), join us by RSVPing to plunder [at] disinfo.com. Otherwise, please help us spread the word on Danny Schechter's new film, Plunder: The Crime of our Time, now available on iTunes and DVD.

Aldon O. James, Jr., The President of The National Arts Club, Globalvision Inc. and The Disinformation Company cordially invite

You and a Guest To The Premiere Screening Of Danny Schechter's New Investigative Film Exposing the Financial Crisis as A Crime Story

PLUNDER: THE CRIME OF OUR TIME (APRIL 29, 2010)

In March of this year, a national poll found that despite all the partisan political polarization, 82% of the American people want a "crackdown on Wall Street." Yet to date, a handful of white collar criminals have been prosecuted and jailed for causing the worst financial crisis since The Great Depression. The film, Plunder: The Crime of our Time is being released in April by The Disinformation Company and will be available on cable systems' Video-On-Demand, on DVD and via iTunes. It is the first documentary feature to treat the financial crisis as a crime story. The hard-hitting film features testimony by Wall Street bankers, economists, a convicted white collar criminal, real estate brokers and victims of mortgage scams. It explains how an estimated $197 trillion disappeared because of elaborate and sophisticated financial frauds. Plunder also indicts the media for not warning us or investigating the crisis in a timely way.
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Streetfighting Mayor Cory Booker: Newark, NJ Records First Homicide-Free Month in More Than 40 Years

Cory BookerHere at disinformation we are naturally skeptical of politicians, but there are times when you can say that true leadership on a local level makes a difference. With that sentiment, check out Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey. As James Queally reports in the Star-Ledger:
For the first time in more than 40 years, an entire calendar month has come and gone without a homicide in the state’s largest city. It's been 32 days since a homicide took place in Newark, marking the first time there has been a slay-free calendar month in the city since 1966. Police Director Garry McCarthy said he hopes to best a 43-day period from March to April of 2008, the longest span of time without a slaying in the city since 1961. Ten homicides have occurred in Newark since Jan. 1, and none have taken place in the South Ward, long believed to be Newark's most dangerous section.
I will contend the reason this has happened is because of overturning the "old": old ways of doing things, due to an entrenched political establishment, which is best-documented in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Street Fight:
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Evolver the Podcast: 2012 Time For a Change

2012 Time For a ChangeIn the first episode of Evolver the Podcast we have conversations with both Daniel Pinchbeck and Joao Amorim on their upcoming collaborative effort 2012 Time For a Change. Daniel Pinchbeck has written two books (Breaking Open the Head, 2012 Return of Quetzalcoatl) and helped start both Reality Sandwich (the leading online magazine in consciousness culture) and Evolver.net. Evolver has now started to focus on building an actual social movement to produce real change in the world.
Joao Amorim has done a number of short animation films, such as the award winning short Don't Get Charged Up. He also worked as the animation director on Chicago 10. 2012 Time For a Change is his first venture as director of a full length feature film.
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Jason Bermas Talks About The Invisible Empire

Russia Today features the new Jason Bermas ("Loose Change") film, Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined, that seeks to put the structure of power on trial. The film looks at the history of political power, scandal and the vision of some of the most well known leaders in the world, and how they shaped it. Here's Bermas announcing the April 15 release date: What is the New World Order?...
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Doug Rushkoff’s New Film, ‘Digital Nation’

Make sure to check out Doug Rushkoff's new film for PBS (Feb. 2 @ 9 PM or watch it on the PBS site). Here's what Doug posted on his blog:
Digital Nation – a PBS Frontline documentary I’ve been working on for, gosh, two years now – is finally airing this coming Tuesday evening, Feb 2, at 9pm on pretty much all PBS stations in US. (I know: that’s during the Lost premiere that even Obama feared going up against. But you can Tivo Lost, watch us live, and watch Lost after without the commercials.)
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Donate to ‘Plunder’ and Receive Credit on the DVD

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for Danny Schechter’s upcoming documentary taking on Wall Street fraud, Plunder: The Crime of Our Time.

With your help, we were able to reach our Kickstarter goal. I’ve been receiving some questions on whether you can still donate, and the answer is a resounding YES!

If you donate $20 or more by February 3rd, you will receive name credit on the “Plunder” DVD and on the film’s website.

So go here to donate, and if you’re still wondering what this is all about, read this.

Wall Street is NOT too big to JAIL.

— Ralph Bernardo, The Disinformation Company

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Banksy “Speaks” At ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ Sundance Premiere

Kevin Kelly writes in Cinematical:
The infamous street artist Banksy premiered Exit Through The Gift Shop at Sundance last night, which was part of Sundance's "Secret Spotlight" series. In short, we enjoyed it, but there's a lot to say about it this movie, so check back later for our review. The title itself refers to Disneyland and Disney World's engineered design of having guests exit attractions right through the gift shop, so as to better serve all of their merchandising needs. Banksy, whose real identity is an extremely well-kept secret, may or may not have been at the screening last night (how would we even know?), but he did send a letter which Sundance Director of Programming John Cooper read aloud to the audience. Read on for the full text of the mysterious letter, keep your eyes peeled for our reviews ... and for more mysterious street art to appear.
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