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12 September 2008 (USA) See more »
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Amidst the American hunger for instantaneous news and up-to-date "facts," this unflinching film uncovers the vast, invisible world of government secrecy. | Add synopsis »
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Extremeley Well Done--Takes Documentary Film-making to a new level See more (6 total) »

Cast

 
Steven Aftergood ... Himself - Government Secrecy Project, Federation of American Scientists
Thomas Blanton ... Himself
James Bruce ... Himself - Senior Executive Officer, CIA, 1981-2005
Steven Garfinkel ... Himself - Director, 1978-2001, U.S. Information Security Oversight Office
Barton Gellman ... Himself - Reporter, Special Projects, The Washington Post
Sig Hecker ... Himself - Director, 1986-1997, Los Alamos National Lab
Neal Katyal ... Himself
Mike Levin ... Himself - Chief, Information Policy, National Security Agency, 1947-1993
Judy Palya Loether ... Herself - Father, Al Palya died in 'Reynolds' crash
Melissa Boyle Mahle ... Herself

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage)
Patricia Reynolds ... Herself - Widow of Robert Reynolds
Charles Swift ... Himself - Lt. Cmdr., U.S. Navy JAG Attorney for Plaintiff, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld

Ben Wizner ... Himself - Attorney for Plaintiff, El-Masri v. United States

Directed by
Peter Galison 
Robb Moss 
 
Produced by
Dan Cogan .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
John Kusiak 
 
Film Editing by
Chyld King 
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Mark Filip .... sound designer
Trent Richmond .... dialogue editor
Matt Snedecor .... assistant sound editor
 
Music Department
Andrew Willis .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Caitlin Boyle .... associate producer
Maud Dillingham .... production assistant
Anne Stulz .... publicist
 
Thanks
Linda Morgenstern .... thanks
 

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Extremeley Well Done--Takes Documentary Film-making to a new level, 6 May 2008
Author: randi75 from California

I just saw this film at the San Francisco International Film Festival (in Berkeley) Without a lot of self-righteousness or bloviation, this film is superb. It takes a subject which may not lend itself well to film and makes it immediate and visual. The use of animation and music is masterful. The interlocutors (lighted beautifully) make you hang on to every word they say.

It has a point, but it allows other viewpoints in, and not just straw men. The filmmakers give credible, reasonable arguments for taking a position which is ostensibly alternative to theirs. It actually stays away from, for the most part, the easy, well worn targets and examines in a fresh way, the impact of secrecy. Interestingly, at no point do they ever suggest giving up security--Actually they seem to be very much in favor of it.

Interestingly, Dan Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers) was in the audience when I saw this movie. I'm surprised he would be drawn to it, having lived it firsthand but it shows the quality of the work.

A masterpiece.

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