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Writers:
Howard Zinn (book)
Anthony Arnove (book)
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Release Date:
13 December 2009 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A look at America's struggles with war, class, race and women's rights. based on Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States." | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A unique and powerful theatrical piece captured on film. See more (2 total) »

Cast

 

Pink ... Herself

Morgan Freeman ... Himself

Matt Damon ... Himself

Josh Brolin ... Himself

Rosario Dawson ... Herself

Viggo Mortensen ... Himself

Marisa Tomei ... Herself

Kerry Washington ... Herself

Sean Penn ... Himself

Michael Ealy ... Himself

Sandra Oh ... Herself

Danny Glover ... Himself

Don Cheadle ... Himself

Q'orianka Kilcher ... Herself

David Strathairn ... Himself

Benjamin Bratt ... Himself

Jasmine Guy ... Herself

Reg E. Cathey ... Himself

Eddie Vedder ... Himself

Bruce Springsteen ... Himself

Bob Dylan ... Himself

Harris Yulin ... Himself

John Legend ... Himself

Christina Kirk ... Herself

Kathleen Chalfant ... Herself
Ry Cooder

Allison Moorer

Van Dyke Parks

Lupe Fiasco ... Himself

Darryl McDaniels ... Himself
Taj Mahal ... Himself

Howard Zinn ... Himself

Staceyann Chin ... Herself

Jackson Brown ... Himself
Chris Robinson
Michael O'Malley ... Himself
Martín Espada ... Himself
Rich Robinson

Directed by
Anthony Arnove 
Chris Moore 
Howard Zinn 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anthony Arnove  book
Howard Zinn  book

Produced by
Dan Abrams .... producer
J.J. Abrams .... co-producer
Anthony Arnove .... executive producer
Jon Berry .... co-producer
Josh Brolin .... executive producer
Brenda Coughlin .... associate producer
Matt Damon .... executive producer
Nancy Dubuc .... executive producer: History
Jodie Evans .... producer
Dan Fireman .... co-producer
Isabel Freer .... co-producer
Fred Goldring .... co-executive producer
Emilie Golub .... accountant producer
Kyle Dean Jackson .... post production producer
David Johnson .... producer
Kari Johnson .... talent producer
Ara Katz .... producer
Lorne Lieb .... co-producer
Russell McCarroll .... executive producer: History
Kathleen McGrath .... co-producer
David McKillop .... executive producer: History
Chris Moore .... executive producer
Carolyn Mugar .... producer
P.H. O'Brien .... ENG producer
Max Palevsky .... producer
Alan Pao .... co-producer
Alan Pao .... post-production producer
Ted Robertson .... co-producer
Craig Roessler .... producer
Tony Sacco .... co-executive producer
Jesse Singer .... producer
Lisa Smith-Reed .... co-executive producer (as Lisa Smith)
Lisa Smith-Reed .... line producer (as Lisa Smith)
Andrew Spellman .... co-producer
Art Spigel .... producer
Amanda White .... co-producer
Howard Zinn .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Baerwald (2009)
 
Cinematography by
Keith Dunkerley 
Alexandre Lehmann 
Tony Sacco 
Gretchen Warthen 
 
Film Editing by
Jon Berry 
Yesenia Higuera 
Dan Swietlik 
 
Production Design by
Mark Gabriel 
Mercedes Younger 
 
Art Direction by
Shauna Aronson 
Kevin P. Lewis 
Shane Middleton 
 
Makeup Department
Carla Antonino .... makeup department head (2008)
Frank Barbosa .... hair stylist
Siobhan Carmody .... makeup dept head
Debra Dietrich .... hair stylist
Jennifer Gould .... hair stylist (as Jennifer MacKenzie)
Vicki Morgenstern .... assistant makeup artist
Candice Ornstein .... assistant makeup artist
Jennie Kay Plumb .... assistant hair stylist (as Jenny Murphy)
Vicky Porter .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Hartley Gorenstein .... production manager
Alan Pao .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Travis Carr .... second second associate director
John Downer .... associate director (2008)
Charlie Eubanks .... second associate director
Nikki Flux .... second associate director
Kayse Goodell .... second associate director
Rosser Goodman .... associate director
 
Art Department
Kristi Decisero .... craft service
Mike Decisero .... craft service
Mike Juarez .... assistant art director
Gilbert Montoya .... assistant art director
Stephen Paul .... props
Rafy .... prop stills
 
Sound Department
Todd Bauer .... sound mixer
Douglas V. Carney .... sound recordist
Peter Cole .... sound editor
Peter Cole .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason Fyrberg .... sound mixer
Jason Fyrberg .... sound
Keith A. Garcia .... sound supervisor
Dylan Garrett .... assistant sound editor
Tony Green .... sound
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris M. Jacobson .... sound editor
Chris M. Jacobson .... sound re-recording mixer
Rose Jensen .... sound
Stephen Marian .... sound mixer
Bruce Nyznik .... narration supervisor
Bruce Nyznik .... supervising sound editor
Brad Semenoff .... sound editor
Carlos Solis .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael St. Hilaire .... sound
Jussi Tegelman .... sound editor
Russell White .... sound mixer
Travis White .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Kenneth Armstrong .... visual artist
Benjamin Budzak .... visual artist
Damian Drago .... visual artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Ardine .... lighting designer
Kevin Atkinson .... camera operator
Gregg Atwell .... assistant camera
Tiffany Aug .... camera technician
Tiffany Aug .... first assistant camera
Bryan Barney .... assistant camera
Peter Battistone .... camera operator
Travis Belgard .... key grip
Ryan Brown .... assistant camera
Ritchie Brush .... dolly grip
Mana Butt .... grip assist
Vincent Cerone .... camera operator
Roger Chingirian .... camera operator
Zak Cordova .... technical supervisor
Jorge Covarrubias .... gaffer
Jeff Cummings .... camera operator
Melinda Davidson .... camera operator
Davin Desantis .... grip assist
Keith Dunkerley .... camera operator
Troy Dunnigan .... camera operator
Nikola Dupkanic .... camera operator
Pauline Edwards .... assistant camera
Greg Federman .... stills
Richard Feindel .... assistant camera
Nathan Dean Fetzer .... electrician
Dean Ford .... best boy grip
Malkuth Frahm .... camera operator
Philip Galler .... electrician
Christopher Garland .... camera operator
James Gordon .... key grip
Justin Gurnari .... camera operator
Magdalena Górka .... camera operator
John Hall .... best boy
Kirt Harding .... rigging grip
Derek Heck .... technical assistant
Chris Howell .... assistant camera
Craig Janette .... assistant camera
Craig Jennette .... assistant camera
David Kane .... lighting designer
Mike Karasick .... camera operator
Wayne Kelly .... steadicam operator
Eric Leach .... camera operator
Alexandre Lehmann .... camera operator
Chase Livengood .... electrician
Axel Llorens .... key grip
Christian Mack .... camera operator
David Mahlman .... camera operator
David Mahlmann .... camera operator
Melissa Mahoney .... stills
Aaron Marquette .... assistant camera
Justin Martinez .... camera operator
Joshua Mayes .... camera operator
Ryan McDonnell .... camera operator
Ben Medley .... grip
Anthony Melfi .... camera operator
Mike Mila .... jib operator
John Moriarty .... lighting director
Darryl Murchison .... best boy
Eric Mutz .... key grip
Kevin Neshevich .... assistant camera
Andrew Nicholson .... assistant camera
Michael Orr .... dolly grip
Jason Petros .... camera operator
Alan Pierce .... camera operator
Milan Podsedly .... camera operator
Rafy .... still photographer
Evan Ragon .... assistant camera
Bryan Schlamm .... assistant camera
Jeremy Schwartz .... electrician
David Sheetz .... electrician
Jeremiah Spinney .... dolly grip
Richard Tibbetts .... dimmer board operator
Pete Villani .... camera operator (as Peter Villani)
Gretchen Warthen .... camera operator
Kyle Morrison .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiana Brinton .... wardrobe
Stephanie Cluggish .... wardrobe
Alyssa Kirell .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Russell August Anderson .... assistant editor (as August Anderson)
Jon Berry .... assistant editor
Tad Fatum .... assistant editor
Victor Franco .... assistant editor
Andrew Grimm .... post-production assistant
Momo Hsiao .... assistant editor
Tyler Hubby .... additional editor
Jody McVeigh-Schultz .... film editor
Sebastian Perez-Burchard .... colorist
Maddy Sprung-Keyser .... post-production assistant
Dan Swietlik .... editorial consultant
 
Music Department
David Baerwald .... executive music producer
David Baerwald .... musician: guitars, keyboards & assorted instruments
Tony Berg .... executive music producer
Wilson Dyer .... music editor
Christopher M. Foster .... music assistant
Michael Friedman .... music supervisor
Greg Leisz .... musician: steel mandolin, banjo, guitars
Brian MacLeod .... musician: drums and percussion
Valentine McCallum .... musician: guitars
Jill Meyers .... music clearance
Joshua Minyard .... music engineer
Bruce Nyznik .... music editor
Pieter A. Schlosser .... composer: additional music
Pieter A. Schlosser .... musician: sax, Indian flute, keyboard
Dan Schwartz .... musician: bass
Chas Smith .... musician: various instruments
Patrick Warren .... musician: keys
 
Other crew
Eric Beldowski .... production coordinator
Jordan Burnett .... production assistant
Kristen Burns .... production coordinator: History
Travis Carr .... key set production assistant: Boston
Cayley Carroll .... production assistant
JoAnn Christopherson .... teleprompt operator
Malika R. Cohen .... travel coordinator
Liz Decesare .... production assistant
Dennis DeNobile .... associate producer
Anya Dubble Olson .... production assistant
Ella Engel-Snow .... production assistant
Chris Fipp .... production assistant
Eric Flenner .... production assistant
Jason Ford .... production assistant
Ted F. Gerdes .... copyright clearances
David Glasgal .... Web and VOD segment post producer
Rob Goodrich .... production assistant
Rob Goodrich .... talent production assistant
David Hall .... production assistant (as Dave Hall)
Michele Hatchette .... production assistant
Grant MacDermott .... production assistant
Kathy Marie .... production assistant (as Kathy Crumish)
Chris McCoy .... production assistant
Jon McDonald .... production coordinator
Riley Murkett .... production assistant
Kristen Murtha .... production assistant
Sofi Newmyer .... production assistant
Richard Ostella .... production coordinator
Effy Papadopoulos .... production assistant
Julia Perry .... talent coordinator
Mark Phinney .... production assistant
Charlotte Ringle .... production assistant
Tanya Sakolsky .... clearances
Sylkia Sanchez .... production assistant
Abbi Sauro .... production assistant
Finnian Thomas .... production assistant
Heather Toll .... office manager
Mike Truppi .... production assistant
 

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113 min (DVD)
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Sandra Oh:[Reading from Emma Goldman's speech given in San Francisco] Patriotism, sir, is the last resort of scoundrels, said Dr. Johnson.See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A unique and powerful theatrical piece captured on film., 1 July 2011
Author: runamokprods from US

A number of actors, musicians., etc. read writings and letters by the rebels of American history, like John Brown. Others read quotes showing some of the darker side of our history, like Abraham Lincoln's early determination NOT to free the slaves. And still others read words by unknown 'regular people' commenting on their times. Mixed with this are folk songs performed by Eddie Vedder, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and others.

Moving and informative, this is not, 'fair and balanced', nor does it pretend to be. The idea is to take a specific perspective on American history, from the time of the Declaration of Independence on, as a nation forged, and constantly changed by rabble rousers and revolutionaries, from Thomas Jefferson to Fredrick Douglas to Susan B. Anthony.

I was fascinated and disturbed to read the vitriol that this project has brought out from the right, and the sometimes mindless knee-jerk counter reactions from the left - quickly degenerating into the old 'you're a commie who hates America!' 'Oh yeah? Well you're a fascist who hates what America stands for!' child like spats.

Zinn and his approach is neither the first nor last word on American History, but it surely raises important questions, and teaches ideas that were certainly not part of my public school education. (e.g. the fascinating distinction between the Declaration of Independence as a more 'left wing' idealistic document ('All men are created equal') and the Constitution, which was more conservative, and enshrined ideas such as slavery as part of the basis of the country).

And while it's clear the film has a 'liberal' political point of view, to say - as many have - that a film full of the words of those who helped fight to change America for the better is somehow 'anti- American' astonishes me.

Since when is holding a different political viewpoint 'anti- American'? The greatness of this country has been it's willingness to change, grow, challenge itself, right its wrongs and attempt to be a nation that gives voice to people from countless backgrounds and points-of-view. This film reminds us of that. Not quite sure how that makes it 'anti-American'.

There is no contradiction between patriotism and a questioning mind that seeks to look honestly at our past, uncover historic wrongs, determine to right them and avoid them in future and celebrate those who fought for the freedom of their race, or sex, etc.

My only quibble with the film is that not all the readers bring the same level of passion, commitment (or, let's face it, acting talent) to their readings. But it was not enough of a problem to keep me from being constantly involved and moved.

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