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Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents

These are the Eyes that Satirize! Everybody's seen their imagery but few know the story of these anonymous performance artists and their avant-garde music. Their highly creative songs and videos satirize the commercialization of art and music, and they've chosen a real 'you'll never get rich' way to stay clear of the commercial undertow. Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents Blu-ray Film Movement 2015 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 87 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / 34.95 Starring Jerry Casale, Les Claypool, Chris Combs, Jon Fishman, Matt Groening, Jerry Harrison, Penn Jillette, Jim Knipfel, Gary Panter, The Residents, Steve Seid. Cinematography Barton Bishoff, Don Hardy, Josh Keppel Produced by Barton Bishoff, Don Hardy, Josh Keppel Written and Directed by Don Hardy

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

We've all seen the image: four tuxedoed men in eyeball masks with top hats and canes. These masked men are the avant-garde band and multimedia performance artists known as The Residents.
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New Line Nabs ‘Batkid’ Documentary Distribution, Future Film Rights (Exclusive)

New Line Cinema has acquired worldwide distribution rights to “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World,” as well as the rights to adapt the documentary into a narrative film.

The narrative film has Oscar winner Julia Roberts attached to star and produce. She will produce the adaptation with partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill through their Red Om Films banner.

The film will be overseen by Michael Disco and Josh Mack at New Line, with Dana Nachman exec producing along with Josh Braun and Dan Braun through their Sub/Version documentary remake label.

Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the documentary and plans to release it in the coming year.

New Line exec VP Carolyn Blackwood said she first saw the documentary when it premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and was immediately taken by its uplifting message.

“It shows that humanity is essentially good and not bad,” said Blackwood.
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Hot Comic-Con Trailer: ‘Batkid Begins’ Brings Make-a-Wish Phenom To Screen

Hot Comic-Con Trailer: ‘Batkid Begins’ Brings Make-a-Wish Phenom To Screen
Exclusive: Five-year-old Miles Scott touched hearts all over the world last November when he donned a cape and cowl to “save” Gotham City – aka, San Francisco – as “Batkid.” Now award-winning filmmaker Dana Nachman (Witch Hunt) is taking his story to the screen in a feature-length crowdfunded documentary (watch the trailer exclusively on Deadline). The Batkid phenomenon went viral after the Make-a-Wish Foundation staged its most elaborate wish to date: The charity, with the help of The City, President Obama, and thousands of supporters, turned the streets of San Francisco into Gotham City on Nov. 15, 2013. Scott, a […]
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Sean Penn Chemical Doc 'The Human Experiment' Debuts First Trailer (Exclusive Video)

Sean Penn Chemical Doc 'The Human Experiment' Debuts First Trailer (Exclusive Video)
The Human Experiment is a new documentary which explores chemicals that are in everyday household products. The film, directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy Jr., is executive produced and narrated by Sean Penn. Penn, known for his activism on a variety of issues including rebuilding Haiti after the terrible 2010 earthquake, worked with Nachman and Hardy on their prior documentary, Witch Hunt. In all, this marks the third collaboration for Nachman, Hardy and Penn. Photos: Hollywood in Haiti Here, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively hosts a new trailer for The Human Experiment. The film, which is scheduled to screen at

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The Hunt disputes the innocence of infants

Thomas Vinterberg's account of small-town paedophilia panic troubles the idea that child accusers must always be believed

We didn't need the McAlpine affair to remind us that our era sustains a witch-hunt of which the middle ages might have been proud. Since the late 1970s, successive houndings of supposed paedophiles have done little to prevent the recurrence of the phenomenon. Lord McAlpine got off lightly compared to victims of panics in Cleveland and Orkney, or the people who had their homes besieged by chanting mobs in Portsmouth, or the Newcastle nursery workers subjected to a nine-year campaign of vilification, prosecution, prison violence, mob torment and official denunciation before being cleared of any wrongdoing in 2002. The documentary Witch Hunt, produced and narrated by Sean Penn in 2008, describes a Californian frenzy that saw a carpenter spend 15 years in prison for abuses that never occurred.

The underlying phenomenon is well enough understood.
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Penn Narrates Harrowing Documentary About Child Abuse Scandal

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Penn Narrates Harrowing Documentary About Child Abuse Scandal
Oscar winner Sean Penn has narrated a new TV documentary, which chronicles the injustices surrounding dozens of parents who were jailed on bogus child-abuse charges in Bakersfield, California in the 1980s.

The actor didn't hesitate to get involved in the project, called Witch Hunt, because he wanted to expose those in public office who had made decisions that wrecked innocent families.

He tells TV Guide magazine, "Lives were shattered for the personal and political gain of the District Attorney's office and the Sheriff's Department in Kern County. Many of those corrupt officials continue to hold those positions today.

"There's a very current issue here."

Penn hopes the film, which will air in America on 12 April, prompts people to question the evidence in high-profile cases and stand up to those in office who encourage and benefit from public hysteria.

He adds, "There are all too many examples of the way in which public opinion is swayed by tainted evidence and emotional and irrational decision making.

"The public hysteria that surrounded this case is every bit as essential to discuss as the public corruption. These lightning-rod crimes tend to challenge our lawful assumption of innocence until proof of guilt."

In making the film, Penn admits he met many of the victims of the injustice and found them to be full of "unique gentleness and dignity".

Porno Blocked By School. Trade Roughage 11/03/08

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With Halloween dragging the weekend box office down by over thirty percent, High School Musical 3 took the top spot with just $15 million. The Weinstein Company says Zack and Miri Make a Porno came in second with $10.7 million, but rival studios say that projection may be inflated. Meanwhile, Europeans really like James Bond. MSNBC Films has picked up Witch Hunt. The documentary, which premiered at Toronto and is narrated by Sean Penn, willha ...
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Porno Blocked By School. Trade Roughage 11/03/08

  • Spout
With Halloween dragging the weekend box office down by over thirty percent, High School Musical 3 took the top spot with just $15 million. The Weinstein Company says Zack and Miri Make a Porno came in second with $10.7 million, but rival studios say that projection may be inflated. Meanwhile, Europeans really like James Bond. MSNBC Films has picked up Witch Hunt. The documentary, which premiered at Toronto and is narrated by Sean Penn, willha ...
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MSNBC Joins Sean Penn's Witch Hunt

MSNBC is going on a witch hunt. According to Variety, MSNBC Films, with the help of Submarine Entertainment, has picked up the documentary Witch Hunt and plans to air the piece on television after a run in theaters. Two journalists, Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, directed the film while Sean Penn took on the executive producer role. Actually, both Nachman and Penn had double duty in the creation of the documentary. Nachman was responsible for the script writing and Penn the film's narration. The film explores the story of eight parents who suffered immensely when they were caught up in allegations of child molestation back in the 1980s. The story is told by members of the Bakersfield, California community who were wrongly convicted of the crime and sent to prison for decades. The villain of the story is a district attorney whose tough-on-crime attitude caused the situation to get way
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MSNBC Films mulls 'Witch' release

MSNBC Films mulls 'Witch' release
MSNBC is going on a "Witch Hunt," picking up the Toronto International Film Festival and AFI Fest documentary for MSNBC Films, its nascent feature banner.

Sean Penn executive produced "Witch," which centers on a Bakersfield, Calif., district attorney who the film alleges overstepped his powers in pursuing child-molestation cases in the 1980s. Journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy ("Doing Time") helmed the doc, which plays this weekend at AFI.

MSNBC Films will air the doc on the network in the spring and could explore options for theatrical release. Submarine Entertainment repped the filmmakers in the sale.

The NBC Universal cable network launched a feature banner this year, acquiring the festival favorite "Dear Zachary" as its inaugural title. That film, too, looked at some dark themes: the death of a well-liked man at the hands of his violent ex-girlfriend and the family's subsequent quest for justice.
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MSNBC picks up 'Witch Hunt'

MSNBC picks up 'Witch Hunt'
MSNBC is going on a "Witch Hunt," picking up the Toronto International Film Festival and AFI Fest documentary for MSNBC Films, its nascent feature banner.

Sean Penn executive produced "Witch," which centers on a Bakersfield, Calif., district attorney who the film alleges overstepped his powers in pursuing child-molestation cases in the 1980s. Journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy ("Doing Time") helmed the doc, which plays this weekend at AFI.

MSNBC Films will air the doc on the network in the spring and could explore options for theatrical release. Submarine Entertainment repped the filmmakers in the sale.

The NBC Universal cable network launched a feature banner this year, acquiring the festival favorite "Dear Zachary" as its inaugural title. That film, too, looked at some dark themes: the death of a well-liked man at the hands of his violent ex-girlfriend and the family's subsequent quest for justice.
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

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