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15 items from 2014


Spent: Looking For Change Movie Review – Tackling The Breakdown In Banking

9 July 2014 7:54 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Spent: Looking for Change Movie Review

The cold truth is that far too often problems simply don’t seem to exist until we find a way to put a face on them, unless they touch us directly. Spent: Looking for Change is a documentary short that hopes to put that face on the death spiral that is the general banking and finance system in America.

Everyone has a general idea of the difficulties people face when it comes to credit scores, and the problems that might be faced by those who, because of hard times, find themselves forced out of the normal banking system, but these things are easy to put out of one’s mind. Like a lot of “things that aren’t happening to me right now,” convincing ourselves that the problem isn’t that big is a trick we have a lot of experience with.

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- Marc Eastman

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt aims for 'HitRecord on TV' to be a hit at the Emmys (Podcast)

16 June 2014 9:51 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Pivot network's "HitRECord on TV" at first seems like a difficult show to categorize: it's a blend of comedy, music, animation, fiction, documentary, and more, but creator and host Joseph Gordon-Levitt calls it "a variety show in the true sense of the word." That's good news since that is where it competes at the Emmys — in the category for Best Variety Series. (listen to our podcast below). -Break- Exclusive Video: Director Davis Guggenheim ('Teach'): Education is 'where battle for America is won or lost' He adds, "I have really eclectic taste in stuff that I like to watch and read and listen to, and so I wanted the show to not just be all comedy, or not just be all short documentaries, or not just be all music. I really wanted it to be a smorgasbord of different things in every episode." "HitRecord" came to TV in »

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Director Davis Guggenheim ('Teach') on education: 'Where the battle for America is won or lost' (Exclusive Video)

14 June 2014 2:22 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") has directed three feature documentaries about American public education:"The First Year," "Waiting for 'Superman,'" and now "Teach," which aired on the Pivot network and is up for an Emmy nomination for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. If there's one thing he's learned it's that the most important factor in students' success is the quality of their teachers. "Everyone who works in schools, they know what works is great teaching," said Guggenheim in our recent webcam chat (watch below). -Break- Who will win Emmys this year? Click here to see our complete racetrack odds As he explained, "You can go to a school that is low on funding, tough neighborhood, but they've got great teachers – that school has a shot. And you could have the opposite, which is a school that has everything, the highest, mos..."' »

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Join our live Emmy chat with director Davis Guggenheim ('Teach') this Thursday

11 June 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

This Thursday, we'll talk with director Davis Guggenheim about his documentary "Teach," which premiered last September on Pivot, a network launched in August 2013 targeting millennial viewers. Join us for our live chat on June 12, at 3:30pm Pt/6:30pm Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Guggenheim is probably best known for directing the 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," in which former vice president Al Gore brought attention to the climate change crisis. A rare crossover box office success for a documentary, it won Guggenheim an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. With "Teach," Guggenheim continues to bring attention to the American education system; he previously directed two other films on the subject: "The First Year" (2001) and "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010). Narrated »

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Join our live Emmy chat with Davis Guggenheim ('Teach' director) this Thursday

11 June 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

This Thursday, we'll talk with director Davis Guggenheim about his documentary "Teach," which premiered last September on Pivot, a network launched in August 2013 targeting millennial viewers. Join us for our live chat on June 12, at 3:30pm Pt/6:30pm Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Guggenheim is probably best known for directing the 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," in which former vice president Al Gore brought attention to the climate change crisis. A rare crossover box office success for a documentary, it won Guggenheim an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. With "Teach," Guggenheim continues to bring attention to the American education system; he previously directed two other films on the subject: "The First Year" (2001) and "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010). Narrated »

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The Young Turks Get Into Documentary Distribution With ‘Spent’

29 May 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The Young Turks are bringing their viewers a high-profile documentary feature. The left-leaning news channel will distribute Spent: Looking For Change, a critical look inside the American banking system that is produced by Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim and sponsored by American Express. Spent focuses on the financial institutions that use fees and interest to hamstring a reported 70 million Americans. It is the latest film produced by Guggenheim, who has previously helmed critically-acclaimed documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud, and Waiting For "Superman". Here, he has teamed up with director Derek Dineen and American Express, which has hosted the film's trailer on its YouTube channel. Spent takes on a topic that the Young Turks team frequently discusses (income inequality), so it is likely to be a big hit with the channel's audience of more than 1.5 million subscribers. The film will debut online on June 4th, when it »

- Sam Gutelle

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Above All Else Review [Hot Docs 2014]

3 May 2014 3:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Keystone Xl pipeline plan is a political hot potato that has pre-occupied the minds of many politicians, business people, environmentalists and ordinary citizens. President Barack Obama has again and again pushed back on making a decision, while Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been pushing for him to make the call one way or the other. A recent court ruling in Nebraska has thrown the plan into limbo once more, but what’s lost in the politics and the economics is what happens to the “little people” whose land the pipeline will go through? Do they not have a say? Or are they being railroaded by the process?

In Above All Else, the Keystone debate literally hits home, and that home belongs to David Daniel. A former high-wire acrobat, David settled on a little piece of heaven in East Texas, a small cozy cabin in the middle of the woods »

- Adam A. Donaldson

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Participant to co-finance Image Nation's Malala doc

10 April 2014 5:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth making the film about the Pakistani teenager who survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban.

Image Nation Abu Dhabi has announced that Us-based Participant Media will co-finance the upcoming Malala Yousafzai documentary from Parkes + MacDonald Productions.

In addition to its financial commitment, Participant will collaborate with Image Nation to launch a social action and advocacy campaign to expand the reach and impact of the film release.

Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winner behind An Inconvenient Truth, the feature-length documentary about Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai’s fight for the right to education is expected to release early 2015.

Malala gained international recognition in 2012 when she survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban at age 14.  Shot in the head and neck when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Malala was targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her community. 

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Participant Media Boards Malala Yousafzai Docu; ‘Rising Star’, ‘Master Class’ Headed To Asia; More

9 April 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Participant Media Boards Docu About Pakistani Girl Wounded By Taliban Participant Media has come aboard as a co-financing partner on the Parkes + MacDonald Productions documentary about Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai. An Inconvenient Truth’s Davis Guggenheim is directing. In 2012, student activist Yousafzai gained international recognition when she survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban at age 14. Shot in the head and neck when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, she was targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her community. Production starts in early July 2014, in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with a release eyed for early next year. In addition to its financial commitment, Participant will collaborate with Image Nation to launch a social action and advocacy campaign to expand the reach and impact of the film. Keshet’s ‘Rising Star »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Tough as Nails: Malala Yousafzai Becomes Subject of Davis Guggenheim Docu

9 April 2014 8:40 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Variety reports that Jeffrey Skoll’s Participant Media is teaming with Image Nation Abu Dhabi as co-financer and collaborating once again with a docu helmer always in it for a good cause in Davis Guggenheim on a project surrounding the international, inspirational youth figure Malala Yousafzai. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce the project which they hope will find a distributor first and then bring goodness alongside teachers, books and classrooms into theaters sometime early next year.

Gist: In 2012 Malala Yousafzai was wounded when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 14-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her community, was shot in the head and neck, sparking international media outrage. Yousafzai was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest such nominee in history.

Worth Noting: One of our favorite producer-philanthropists, Jeff Skoll »

- Eric Lavallee

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Davis Guggenheim's Malala Yousafzai Documentary Gets Backing from Participant Media

9 April 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Participant Media has come aboard Davis Guggenheim's documentary on Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012. Participant will co-finance the film with Abu Dhabi's Image Nation.  Yousafzai, only 14 at the time of the attack, was boarding her school bus when she was shot in the head and neck. She made a miraculous recovery in Birmingham, England, and has since continued speaking out internationally for girls' education rights in her home country. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman") began filming back in July, and covered -- among many things -- her speech to the Un General Assembly last summer, her first public speech since the assassination attempt. We're excited about this doc. Not only is Yousafzai a stunning example of bravery and perseverance, but she's also thoughtful and eloquent. Check out her moving interview with Jon Stewart here. »

- Beth Hanna

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Participant Media Boards Malala Yousafzai Docu As Co-Financer With Image Nation

9 April 2014 6:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Participant Media is joining Image Nation Abu Dhabi as co-financer of the upcoming documentary about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt. Docu is being helmed by “Waiting for Superman” director Davis Guggenheim.

The Malala docu is produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald with whom Image Nation has a longstanding partnership.

In addition to its financial commitment, Participant Media will collaborate with Image Nation to launch a social action and advocacy campaign to expand the reach and impact of the high-profile docu’s theatrical release.

In 2012 Malala Yousafzai was wounded when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 14-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her community, was shot in the head and neck, sparking international media outrage.

Yousafzai was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest such nominee in history. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Producers Talk Possibility & Approach Of “Reinvigorating” Sequel

3 April 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In 2006, armed with a projector and a pointer, Al Gore elevated the issues of climate change to a global audience with “An Inconvenient Truth,” earning the Nobel Peace Prize himself in 2007, and the film taking in close to $50 million at the box office. Naturally, those results would cry out for an immediate follow-up—but as talks of a sequel have emerged, it seems approach is the key factor for all involved in actually making it happen. "We have had conversations," producer Lawrence Bender told THR recently about getting the “Inconvenient” team back together, which included Gore, Scott Z. Burns, Davis Guggenheim, and many others. "We've met; we've discussed. If we are going to make a movie, we want it to have an impact." Environmental activist Laurie David supported Bender’s opinions, and argued that the time for that widespread impact is very soon. "Everything in that movie has come to pass. »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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"An Inconvenient Truth" To Get A Sequel?

2 April 2014 8:59 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Much of the team behind 2006's Oscar-winning environmental documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" are forming plans for a sequel.

Producer Lawrence Bender says: "We have had conversations. We've met; we've discussed. If we are going to make a movie, we want it to have an impact."

Bendoer says part of the need is that big industry, especially those in fossil-fuels, have changed the dialogue with a misinformation campaign: "They did a really good job of pushing back and confusing people. Some people actually believe global warming doesn't exist."

Producer Scott Z. Burns isn't as convinced of the need for a sequel unless it was a game changer as he "would only support doing a follow-up if we have a really, really amazing way of attacking the issue and reinvigorating it."

Davis Guggenheim directed the original film which grossed nearly $50 million worldwide.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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More Gore? Producer talks up possibility of a sequel to 'An Inconvenient Truth'

2 April 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Perhaps I'm just getting old, but it doesn't feel like eight years since Davis Guggenheim's climate-change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" was very much in the mainstream conversation -- and, of course, an unstoppable force in the Oscar race. Grossing $50 million worldwide (half of that within the Us) and winning two Oscars (the only doc ever to win an award outside its own field) was a pretty remarkable feat for a film that effectively amounted to a PowerPoint presentation by Al Gore, but such was the burning urgency of its subject matter in 2006, when "global warming" had become a household phrase and measures against it were made a matter of public duty. Certainly, Guggenheim's film did its share of awareness-raising, but producer Lawrence Bender (also known for his collaborations with Quentin Tarantino) believes their work is far from done -- if anything, he says, public consciousness of the environmental crisis »

- Guy Lodge

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