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Check out Parkland - the dramatisation of the Kennedy assassination - half-price in Sky Store. The chaotic aftermath of the Dallas killing is recounted in this impressive ensemble drama. Events unfold from the perspectives of the people most immediately affected by the shooting; the staff at Parkland Hospital who treated the stricken president, the secret servicemen responsible for his safety, the brother of his suspected killer Lee Harvey Oswald, and Abraham Zapruder, the spectator who captured the fatal moment in the most famous home movie in history. »
Home videos are a crucial journalistic asset. Amateur videographers like Abraham Zapruder have managed to capture some of the most significant events in history, and Amnesty International wants to ensure that citizen journalism maintains its power. It has launched a new tool center centered around the largest archive of amateur news videos: YouTube. The human rights non-profit has launched the Citizen Evidence Lab, a website that helps journalists and human rights activists verify YouTube videos. The Citizen Evidence Lab includes several guides and checklists that assists users as they figure out the who, what, when, where, and why of their target videos. An introductory exercise allows users to practice on an example video before they dive in with their own choices. As Amnesty International explains in its introductory video, user-generated YouTube videos have the potential to unlock new information in important areas such as Syria, and the Citizen Evidence Lab »
- Sam Gutelle
Directed by Peter Landesman.
Set during the days that immediately followed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Peter Landesman’s Parkland examines the impact felt by those directly involved in the shocking event. In his adaptation of Vincent Bugliosi’s novel, “Four days in November,” Landesman concentrates on the implications the shooting caused; changing the lives of the people affected forever.
Many of us have seen the famous “cine-film” footage of that fateful day, November 22nd 1963, when the then President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy, was shot dead. That footage was filmed by Abraham Zapruder (played by Paul Giamatti) and from the moment he began filming, he would forever be known for that piece of film. Jim Carrico (Zac Efron) was the Doctor to »
- Gary Collinson
Director Peter Landesman credits Paul Giamatti’s involvement in Parkland as one of the key reasons that Abraham Zapruder’s family – consistently silent until now – agreed to collaborate with his film.
Landesman had reached out persistently to the relatives of Zapruder, the man who had witnessed the shooting of JFK through the lens of his little 8mm camera, but was turned away on numerous occasions.
“I’d go back to them and say, ‘no, really we want to tell his inner story.’ And there’d be silence. So I’d go back again because I just didn’t want to take ‘no’ for an answer,” says the director.
“I was starting to think that it would never happen, but then, when Paul Giamatti agreed to play Abraham Zapruder, we were able to present them with one of the finest actors of our generation – or of any generation for that matter. »
- Gary Collinson
4 items from 2014
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