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Oklahoma City PBS Documentary Explores America’s Tradition of Anti-Government Terrorism

7 February 2017 12:21 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The latest presidential election was awash in anti-government sentiment that often turned virulent. A new documentary airing Tuesday night on PBS shows that this brand of American outrage is nothing new.

Oklahoma City, which airs Tuesday on the PBS series American Experience, casts the infamous bombing that killed 168 people and injured 675 others as part of a dark American tradition.

“These sorts of movements have deep roots, very deep roots, in American history,” says Barak Goodman, the award-winning director whose film revisits the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing when a former American soldier and Gulf War veteran, Timothy McVeigh, parked a rented truck »

- Jeff Truesdell

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Doc Corner: 'Oklahoma City' As Relevant as Ever

7 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Like many of the best documentaries, Barak Goodman’s Oklahoma City isn’t just about one thing. In fact, despite its title exclusively and definitively referencing the bombing of a federal building – the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil until 9/11 – Goodman’s compelling and ultimately very chilling and concerning film is about a larger swathe of domestic terrorism, detailing how the events of April 19 1995 were the inevitable culmination of an out-of-control spiral of white nationalism and anti-government revolt.

Despite the enormity of the event, the events of Oklahoma City have not been detailed on screen very often. For what reason that is, I’m not sure, but that absence of films (non-fiction or otherwise) would already be enough to allow this Sundance-premiering film extra weight and deserved attention. But in a depressing coincidence, and the reason Goodman’s film is as relevant 22 years later as it is, the wait to »

- Glenn Dunks

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‘Oklahoma City’ Review: Powerful Doc Only Scratches Story’s Surface

3 February 2017 6:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It’s been over 20 years since the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995 by Timothy McVeigh, and Barak Goodman’s documentary “Oklahoma City” attempts to condense an extraordinary amount of information about this act of domestic terrorism into a feature-length running time. Goodman, who has previously made films about the Scottsboro Boys and cancer, does not shy away from showing us very tough footage of the bombing as well as photographs of the children who were killed or injured. “Oklahoma City” begins with an audio recording from inside the Murrah building that ends when we hear. »

- Dan Callahan

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Sundance Review: ‘Oklahoma City’ Blueprints the Hate Surrounding a Terrorist Act

2 February 2017 9:51 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Over two decades after the Oklahoma City Bombing, director Barak Goodman explores the evolution of the hateful, terrorist act in his documentary, aptly titled Oklahoma City. Starting with the bombing and its immediate aftermath, we track back into the past, digging into the resurgence of white nationalism in the far (and then not-so-far) corners of the United States.

The name Timothy McVeigh does not come up until halfway through the film, though his recorded courtroom comments haunt the entirety. The journey there is both interesting and infuriating. We learn of the extremists groups that settled in northern Idaho in the 80s, mostly surrounded by wilderness and seclusion. One of those groups was the Aryan Nations, founded by Richard Butler. Feeding off the promise of an inevitable race war, member Bob Mathews started The Order, a small handful of extremists who carried out violent armed robberies, inspired by the book The Turner Diaries, »

- Dan Mecca

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Oklahoma City Movie Review

30 January 2017 9:39 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Oklahoma City American Experience Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Barak Goodman Written by: Barak Goodman Cast: Janet Beck, Jim Botting, Bill Buford, Jerry Flowers, Lee Hancock, John Hersley, Jeff Jamar, Daniel Levitas, Lou Michel, Bill Morlin, Kerry Noble, Randy Norfleet, Mark Potok, Bob Ricks, Jennifer Rodgers, Kat Schroeder Screened at: Review […]

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- Harvey Karten

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Oklahoma City’

21 January 2017 12:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are certain documentaries — like, for instance, “O.J.: Made in America” — that heighten and clarify the past in a way that can shed revelatory light upon the present. That’s the sort of movie that “Oklahoma City” is. It’s a documentary about the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the man who conceived it, planned it, and more or less singlehandedly executed it: Timothy McVeigh. Since both McVeigh and the chronology of this infamous and unspeakable massacre (168 killed; the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history) have been covered in abundant detail before, you may wonder what a fresh look at the events could possibly add to our knowledge. The answer turns out to be a great deal.

Working with the kind of perspective that emerges only, perhaps, from the passage of time, Barak Goodman, the writer-director of “Oklahoma City,” lays out the complex »

- Owen Gleiberman

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‘Oklahoma City’ Review: This Bombing Doc Is a Terrifying Warning for Trump’s America — Sundance 2017

21 January 2017 9:09 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

From the opening titles that traces photos of white supremacist leaders to Timothy McVeigh’s mugshot, Barak Goodman’s “Oklahoma City” documentary links America’s rising white supremacist movement to McVeigh’s 1995 act of terrorism. It’s a compelling argument, and builds a case that the worst of what’s inside American borders is just as frightening as the evil men outside them. While Goodman’s feature doesn’t focus our recently inaugurated president, it serves as a blunt reminder of what has happened, and could happen again, when misinformation is spread to dangerous, angry, homegrown radicals.

The 1995 Oklahoma City bombing was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil pre-9/11, and Goodman’s interpretation of its lessons examines how America’s security priorities have shifted since. Domestic terrorism concerns, even in an age when school shootings regularly prompt second amendment debates, are often overridden in national security conversations by fear of foreign threats. »

- Ben Travers

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PBS Expands Theatrical Distribution Team In Time For Sundance 2017 — Exclusive

19 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

PBS Distribution is expanding its theatrical distribution and non-theatrical sales efforts. The media distributor for the public television community has hired Erin Owens as head of theatrical distribution and Emily Rothschild as director of theatrical acquisitions and marketing. Both executives joined from their New York-based distributor Long Shot Factory. Owens and Rothschild will be looking to acquire theatrical, non-theatrical, home entertainment and VOD rights for films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which starts Thursday.

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PBS Distribution has joint partnerships with public media’s Wnet, Wgbh, Itvs, and Pov, with a goal of acquiring and releasing up to six feature-length documentaries per year.

In a statement, Andrea Downing, PBS Distribution co-president, said Owens and Rothschild’s “extensive experience designing, managing and implementing theatrical campaigns, including festival and non-theatrical strategies, will further enhance what »

- Graham Winfrey

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'Oklahoma City': Film Review | Sundance 2017

18 January 2017 4:26 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Timely, engrossing, provocative, if also frustrating at times, Oklahoma City will certainly be one of the most discussed documentaries premiering at Sundance this year. This comprehensive look at the terrorist bombing of 1995 and the anti-government rage that fueled it deserves the attention it will surely receive. Extremely well directed by experienced documentarian Barak Goodman, the film will have a brief theatrical release before playing on PBS.

The film begins strikingly, with a recording of a board meeting inside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on the morning of April 19, 1995, which is cut short by »

- Stephen Farber

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