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Schwarzenegger Vows to Match Donations to Anti-Gerrymandering Campaign

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Schwarzenegger Vows to Match Donations to Anti-Gerrymandering Campaign
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to shake up Congressional races nationwide by redrawing political districts that are now reliably Republican or Democrat — and he’s pledging to match donations to his anti-gerrymandering campaign. The Republican, who has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, said members of Congress are re-elected despite being less popular than “Herpes, colonoscopies, and cockroaches.” He blames districts that have been designed to favor one or the other of the major parties. “Washington doesn’t work — at least not for us,” Schwarzenegger began. Also Read: Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Right About Gerrymandering The former governor said Congress.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Says He Isn’t Running for Senate: ‘My Mission Is to Bring Sanity to Washington’

Arnold Schwarzenegger Says He Isn’t Running for Senate: ‘My Mission Is to Bring Sanity to Washington’
Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t be making a run for a Senate seat, but he’s not giving up on politics all together.

The former governor of California, 69, took to social media Sunday to refute speculation that he is considering re-entering the political arena.

“I’m deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California,” the actor wrote. “Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform to help repair it is from the outside,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Won’t Run For U.S. Senate

Senator Arnold Schwarzenegger? Thanks, but no thanks, says the former California governor and Celebrity Apprentice host. “I’m deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California,” Schwarzenegger writes on his Facebook page today. “Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform…
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‘The Imitation Game’ Will Stuff Theaters This Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview

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‘The Imitation Game’ Will Stuff Theaters This Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview
The Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game is the big kid on the block among this holiday weekend’s batch of newcomers. The title is following in the footsteps of past TWC heavyweights The King’s Speech and The Artist, both of which opened to solid box office numbers and eventually scored Oscars for Best Picture. The distributor is expecting good numbers for Imitation Game over the Thanksgiving frame. IFC Films’ horror pic The Babadook has some good buzz heading into the weekend, though it might show its biggest heft via VOD with its day-and-date rollout. Remote Area Medical is one of those films one hopes everyone will see. Timed perfectly for this time of the year’s focus on thanks and giving, the documentary shows the underbelly of America’s healthcare crisis by way of people who provide free medical services to needy people in pop-up clinics around the country.
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Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres

Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we
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Healthcare Documentary ‘Remote Area Medical’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Healthcare Documentary ‘Remote Area Medical’ Gets U.S. Distribution
Cinedigm has acquired all North American rights to “Remote Area Medical,” a documentary about Americans without access to basic health care.

“Remote,” directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, made its world premiere at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The film was produced by Reichert, Zaman and Dan O’Meara.

The film takes its name from the nonprofit Remote Area Medical, which operates pop-up health care clinics. The film was shot over three days in 2012 at the Nascar speedway in Bristol, Tenn., where nearly 2,000 people received free medical, dental, and vision care provided by a team of medical volunteers.

Cinedigm, which will release the film in the spring, said the film “provides viewers with an unobstructed look at what it means to be an American without access to basic healthcare, a valuable perspective at a time when the battle over Obamacare has dominated the news cycle.”

Remote Area Medical
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Indiewire @ Hulu Docs Goes to Washington

Indiewire @ Hulu Docs Goes to Washington
The festival formerly known as Silverdocs has been renamed AFI Docs, moving its center from Silver Spring MD to the nation's capital, and holding its eleventh edition this week. The latest edition of Indiewire's curation of Hulu's Documentaries page celebrates this shift with a selection of politically-focused films giving an insider look at Washington DC.  Watch them now for free! A number of the selections look at voting and the democratic process. Jeff Reichert's "Gerrymandering" explores the process of redistricting, where politicians can literally redraw electoral districts to give themselves, or their party, an advantage at the polls.Also looking at the darker side of the political process, Francis Megahy's "The Best Government Money Can Buy?" offers a non-partisan look at the unprecedented influence of lobbyists on Capitol Hill, and how their interests shape the legislation that affects us all.Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's "The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's.
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Exclusive: 2 Powerful Scenes From Health Insurance Doc 'Remote Area Medical'; Premieres at Full Frame

Exclusive: 2 Powerful Scenes From Health Insurance Doc 'Remote Area Medical'; Premieres at Full Frame
Last year, filmmaker duo Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman (2010's election doc "Gerrymandering") made a three minute informational doc on Remote Area Medical, a free, three day pop up medical clinic in Tennessee that specializes in providing care to Americans without health insurance. You can see the short here, but ever since the two have been working on completing a full length version of the doc. The feature, also titled "Remote Area Medical," aims to put a human face on what it means to not have health insurance. It will have its world premiere at Full Frame Film Festival, which runs from April 4th to 7th in Durham, North Carolina. It'll then move over to Hot Docs, the Canadian International Film Festival, from April 25th to May 5th. The moving doc boasts a score from longtime David Gordon Green collaborator David Wingo and was cut by Spike Lee's go to doc editor Sam Pollard.
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Hey, You Made It!

Hey, You Made It!
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences brings you the Oscars (yep, that's why they're called Academy Awards), and on Friday, the organization announced that it was prepared to invite 176 new folks to its fold.

In a list posted on its website, the Academy deemed Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Terrence Malick, Jonah Hill, Berenice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer and a host of other film luminaries worthy of inclusion in its nearly 6,000-member army.

The Academy has drawn the ire of critics who bemoan its overwhelmingly male, white population. A Los Angeles Times investigation found that of all Academy members, 94 percent are Caucasian and 77 percent are male. A mere 2 percent are black, with Latinos constituting an even smaller portion. Only 14 percent of members are under the age of 50.

Full members of the Academy select and vote on Oscars nominees. The organization was started in 1927 and is now governed by a 43-person board.
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Jonah Hill, Terrence Malick, Melissa McCarthy and 173 others invited to join Academy

Jonah Hill, Terrence Malick, Melissa McCarthy and 173 others invited to join Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended their 2012 membership invitations today to 176 lucky actors, directors, cinematographers, and other members of the filmmaking industry.

Terrence Malick, who somehow wasn’t already a member, received an invitation, as did fellow directors Rodrigo Garcia and Asghar Farhadi.

For actors, Melissa McCarthy’s invitation continues her incredible post-Bridesmaids rise. In addition, actors Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Serkis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer were all invited to be members, among others.

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003, according to the Academy’s website.
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Oscar invites 176 artists and executives

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.

“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2012 invitees are:

Actors

Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential”

Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”

Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon

Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che

Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life

Clifton Collins,
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Now Online: Farihah Zaman And Jeff Reichert’S “Remote Area Medical”

Last week at the the Los Angeles Film Festival, our very own Lady Vengeance, Farihah Zaman, premiered her documentary short Remote Area Medical, co-directed with her husband Jeff Reichert, himself a filmmaker (Gerrymandering) and film journalist. The film — which is embedded below — was made as part of the Focus Forward series, for which 30 filmmakers have been commissioned to make three-minute documentaries. There is, however, a feature-length version of Zaman and Reichert’s film in the works, to be released in 2013; to stay updated on its progress, “like” its Facebook page and follow @RAMmovie on Twitter.

In a recent email, Zaman wrote that Remote Area Medical was

about a group of the same name that sets up free pop-up medical clinics, predominantly in poor rural communities in the Us, where people can’t afford or literally have no access to healthcare. They do medical, dental, vision, chest X-rays, mammograms, and a
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Jeff Reichert on "Gerrymandering" (Watch It Now Free!)

Jeff Reichert on
In his film, "Gerrymandering" - available in its entirety at the bottom of this page courtesy of SnagFilms - filmmaker Jeff Reichert explores the secret deals that go down to define and redefine the nation's congressional districts. "Gerrymandering" Director: Jeff Reichert Subjects: Dave Aronberg, Ben Barnes, Gray Davis 77 minutes The full film, "Gerrymandering" is available free on SnagFilms (and at the end of this article). This interview with Jeff ...
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Futures | Jeff Reichert Takes on the Pillars of Power with "Gerrymandering"

Filmmaking newcomer Jeff Reichert opens his first feature documentary this weekend, and the former film distribution exec is taking on a relatively little-known political ploy that seriously questions the widely held belief that America is a beacon of democratic values. "Gerrymandering," which opened Friday, October 15th in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley and San Diego, spotlights a practice that many politicians may prefer their constituents not know. Every ...
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Futures | Jeff Reichert Takes on the Pillars of Power with "Gerrymandering"

Futures | Jeff Reichert Takes on the Pillars of Power with
Filmmaking newcomer Jeff Reichert opens his first feature documentary this weekend, and the former film distribution exec is taking on a relatively little-known political ploy that seriously questions the widely held belief that America is a beacon of democratic values. "Gerrymandering," which opened Friday, October 15th in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley and San Diego, spotlights a practice that many politicians may prefer their constituents not know. Every ten ...
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Video Interview: Gerrymandering Documentary Director Jeff Reichert

Jeff Reichert had working on nearly every side of the industry that writes about and promotes films, founding the online film magazine Reverse Shot and serving as the senior VP of Magnolia Pictures, but only this year did he finally step behind the camera for his debut feature. The documentary Gerrymandering came out when he noticed the oddities in his own Brooklyn district, when his local representative suddenly had been drawn out of his own district. That inspired Reichert to travel the country to explore the notion of gerrymandering-- the highly political process of redrawing districts to benefit politicians desperate to hang on to their seats and their power by whatever means necessary. I saw Gerrymandering-- which opens today in limited release-- at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring, and found a fun, entertaining, and in its own way, deeply patriotic film. A few days later I talked to
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Film: Review: Gerrymandering

If we stipulate that gerrymandering is a pox on the American political process, do we have to sit through a documentary that makes that case in the most earnest, predictable way possible? Jeff Reichert’s Gerrymandering looks at the history and hassles of redistricting, and how politicians of both parties have worked to isolate minorities and independents and assure that their respective decks remain well-stacked for election day. In theory, districts are meant to be reshaped rarely: after a census, primarily, when the number of local representatives gets reapportioned. But increasingly, political parties find reasons to get their maps and ...
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Gerrymandering (documentary)

With midterm elections just around the corner, filmmaker Jeff Reichert sheds light on an oft-mentioned, rarely understood political issue. The public’s shaky understanding of gerrymandering is understandable: It’s a dry subject of paramount interest only to those whom it affects most directly — the politicians who benefit from the division of voting districts to give them an advantage in elections. Gerrymandering — which creates those bizarrely shaped puzzle pieces that determine whom you can vote for in congressional elections — may divide up voting districts to dilute or consolidate blocks of votes by race or party or even individual candidates.

The power to draw these districts often lies with politicians themselves — a situation, Reichert argues, that robs the average citizen of a vote that actually counts. Reichert does a good job of using graphics to explain what gerrymandering is and how it works. Meanwhile, anecdotal interviews leave one feeling positively ill
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Q&A: Gerrymandering

On a crisp Thursday eve, policy wonks, politicians, and documentary film industry, including Magnolia Pictures' Eamonn Bowles, packed the Village East Cinemas 3-floor theater for the world premiere of filmmaker Jerry Reichert's Gerrymandering. True to the nation it depicted, the 77-minute, feature length expose of partisan redistricting certainly had a diverse audience, age, gender, and ethnicity wise. Writer/director Reichert, who himself was a former film distributor, was greatly aided by teaming with respected editor Samuel D. Pollard. The result of their teamwork is a thoroughly watchable educational documentary, which shows how both parties will carve up of districts to protect their seats in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. Beginning with the first case in Massachusetts, Gerrymandering chronicles how this bi-partisan practice has evolved over the years, culminating in computer-driven, contentious mapping battles, which have become even more vicious with advancements in software and programs, such as Google maps.
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Tribeca Review: Gerrymandering

t the most basic level, Gerrymandering is a documentary about drawing lines, the way every corner of the country is split up into districts and jurisdictions and zones in order to pick the people who represent them, whether on the school board or in the national House of Representatives. To even the most devoted of political nuts that probably sounds deathly dull, but first-time documentarian Jeff Reichert has made a funny, entertaining and, in its own way, deeply patriotic film about both the ways in which the American government systematically fails us, and how simple it can be to fix it. The zippy "Schoolhouse Rock"-inspired opening of the film does a better job of explaining gerrymandering than I possibly could, but I guess I can try. The word, a funny portmanteau originating from a particularly unscrupulous 19th-century Massachusetts governor, is the process of politicians and legislators redrawing district lines
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