3 items from 2013
Bowie? Someone saw him having breakfast once – and it was a beautiful thing
Music documentaries can be quite tedious things, especially if the subject of the documentary isn't taking part – on account of being dead maybe, or simply too mysterious and enigmatic to be involved. So you're left with archive clips, which will be frustratingly short for lovers of the music who will want to hear whole songs. Interspersed with the clips there'll be talk, by people who worked with the subject back in the day. There'll be stories of good times, hedonism and demonstrations of significant chord changes. If the subject of the film is very famous, the collaborator will maybe show off a little about just how well they knew/know them, personally. And music journalists and cultural commentators will be competitively insightful. You know the genre.
- Sam Wollaston
Porter Profiles Public Defense With Appreciative Probing
Before dipping her toes into the film world as an executive producer on films like Serious Moonlight and Showtime’s The Green, debuting director Dawn Porter worked as an attorney for ABC Television. So, it’s no wonder that with her first docu feature she approaches the legal system with a critical eye while paying tribute to the men and women that work in the paperwork-filled trenches of lawyership as valiant, but under-appreciated public defenders. Following a trio of Georgia and Mississippi based attorneys as they inventively fight for the freedom of their clients in the face of moral axioms, mounting caseloads and suffocating six-figure student debts, Gideon’s Army veritably asks, with such professional pressure and often thankless clientèle, is justice for all even possible?
- Jordan M. Smith
Before embarking on her film career, documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter was an attorney at ABC Television. Since, she's gone to work in narrative features as an executive producer for films including "Serious Moonlight," which premiered in 2009 at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Showtime’s "The Green." She's at Sundance this year with "Gideon's Army." What's It About: "Young public defenders working in the deep south. They have low salaries, large case loads and little help." What's It's Really About: "Idealistic young people who want to help poor people. The criminal justice system is their Goliath and they have very limited tools to fight back. In the end being a good lawyer is not enough - they have to decide how much they are willing to sacrifice." My Chief Challenge: "The actual practice of law is not a very visually interesting thing - its a lot of computer research »
3 items from 2013
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