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In the new documentary Dirty Wars, investigative journalist and bestselling author Jeremy Scahill details America’s “covert wars,” the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command (which the filmmakers describe as “the most secret fighting force in U.S. history”), and how “unprecedented civilian casualties” around the world have been caused by drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government-condoned torture.
Directed by Rick Rowley, the film is released theatrically on June 7 and will be available on VOD the following week. But you can check exclusively see the new poster for Dirty Wars above (and you can watch the film »
- Clark Collis
This Summer, like all the previous ones before it, is filled to the brim with new films all striving for your attention. It’s understandable that this can be a tad overwhelming and it’s tough to keep up with the many releases happening in such a short period of time. Cinelinx is here to help you with our Summer Preview Guide! We take a look at all the films coming out in June (including trailers, synopsis, and more) in order to prepare you for what’s ahead.
For our May Preview Guide and all of our other Summer 2013 movie coverage be sure to hit the link.
Directed By: James DeMonaco
Written By: James DeMonaco
Official Synopsis: In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Sundance and Tribeca festivals showcase a stunning crop of films, focusing on Afghanistan, killer whales and more
It may count as the least likely of cinematic comebacks since Mickey Rourke bleached his hair and started self-tanning for The Wrestler. A new wave of documentaries are ensuring a return to cinema screens of something long thought lost to our era of spandex-wearing superheroes and CGI fireballs: reality.
Marvelling at "the explosion – and creative flowering – of this most commercially unsexy of genres" at the Tribeca film festival last week, New York magazine's David Edelstein wrote:
In this age of digital video – in which there are cheap cameras, editing software and funding to be had … the cool kids are making docs. The form is not just good for you these days. It's incredibly sexy.
At Sundance this year at least four titles – Pussy Riot, The Summit, Stardom and Blackfish – sold for more than $1m. »
- Tom Shone
The Sundance selected documentary Manhunt, about the pursuit of Osama Bin Laden, hits HBO on May 1st, but another War on Terror fueled doc from the indie festival is on the way to theaters. Dirty Wars follows the underground, sometimes shady, operations of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U.S. history, exposing operations carried out by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. With a clear agenda, the film seeks to open the eyes of Americans who might not be aware what their country is up to overseas as we fight terrorism around the world. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Richard Rowley's documentary Dirty Wars, originally from Apple: Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill (author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Mercenary Army) traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U. »
- Ethan Anderton
As two more Afghan children are liberated (from their lives) by Nato this weekend, a new film examines the effects of endless Us aggression
Yesterday I had the privilege to watch Dirty Wars, an upcoming film directed by Richard Rowley that chronicles the investigations of journalist Jeremy Scahill into America's global covert war under President Obama and specifically his ever-growing kill lists. I will write comprehensively about this film closer to the date when it and the book by the same name will be released. For now, it will suffice to say that the film is one of the most important I've seen in years: gripping and emotionally affecting in the extreme, with remarkable, news-breaking revelations even for those of us who have intensely followed these issues. The film won awards at Sundance and rave reviews in unlikely places such as Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. But for now, »
- Glenn Greenwald
"Dirty Wars," the riveting new documentary by journalist Jeremy Scahill and director Rick Rowley that probes the shadowy world of U.S. paramilitary operations, almost didn't get made. Or rather, it almost didn't become the film that premiered at Sundance in January to critical plaudits and was picked up two days later by IFC Sundance Selects for a late-summer release. A year and a half ago, Scahill and Rowley finished a version of the film that was significantly different from its final iteration, which follows Scahill--a national security correspondent for The Nation magazine who has investigated and reported stories in Iraq, Serbia, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia--as he uncovers a much larger narrative about a secretive and deadly unit at the center of the U.S. military after a puzzling trip to a remote area in Afghanistan. The earlier version of "Dirty Wars" was a straight-up, linear documentary, a just-the-facts-ma'am look at Scahill's reporting, »
- Jacob Combs
If recent films like Zero Dark Thirty and Manhunt are a bit too "Go team America!" for your liking, Dirty Wars will definitely lead you to hate the U.S. military strategy more than ever before. Heck, Dirty Wars might actually convince you that covert operations are worse than drone strikes -- because doesn't it seem more cold-hearted and ruthless to murder innocent people while staring into the whites of their eyes? It is nauseating to me to learn that our military is doing such things, whether it is because of misinformation or negligence or unbridled aggression; but it is even more sickening to hear about the cover-ups. Rick Rowley's documentary follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, a gadfly who tenaciously seeks the truth behind a series of unjust murders committed by a secret subset of the U.S. military. Scahill's journey is convoluted and chaotic, never knowing where the »
- Don Simpson
Yesterday, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and I highlighted our Top 10 New Faces (strictly in the acting domain) of 2013′s Sundance Film Festival and while that list was pretty much a consensus, our Top 20 New Voices (fiction/non-fiction/short scribes, directors and full-out filmmakers/producers) was an amicably, yet hard fought deliberation process and then ranking of who we think the future will shine most bright…in other words, if these people were Wall Street stock options — we’d put our money behind them. Enjoy the mini profiles and adjoined praise.
#20. Sophie Goyette
Part of the pair of Canadian-based, female auteurs to make a pit stop in Park City (the other being Sarah Polley) French-Canadian filmmaker Sophie Goyette and her 2012 Tiff showcased short film Le Futur Proche demonstrates that there is plenty more raw talent and a pulse from Quebec. Here we find a pilot dealing with loss, suppressing his »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
Not taking into consideration the films that were featured in Sundance’s Spotlight section/sidebar which I’ve previously seen on the festival circuit and that would easily place within this top five (Pablo Larrain’s No (Directors’ Fortnight – Cannes) and the Tiff viewed Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell), my fivesome was further complicated by the fact that eight films received the same grade at the number three position. The tie-breaking device I used was simplified once I factored in what I’d be most pressed to see for a repeat viewing. So worthy mentions go to Alexandre Moors’ Blue Caprice for his gripping visual and narratively sturdy approach to fact-based tale that could have been detailed in a multitude of ill-conceived manners, to Andrew Dosumnu’s Mother Of George for sensually tackling rifts within a family without clutter and with rooted perfs from Danai Gurira and Isaach De Bankole, »
- Eric Lavallee
IFC Films has acquired North American rights to writer-director Sebastian Silva's Crystal Fairy, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Juan Andres Silva, Jose Miguel Silva and Agustin Silva and was produced by Juan de Dios Larrain and Pablo Larrain. Crystal Fairy marks the fifth festival pickup for Sundance Selects/IFC Films. IFC Films nabbed Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love and David Lowery’s Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Sister label Sundance Selects acquired rights to two docs in competition at the festival: Nick Ryan’s The Summit and Richard Rowley’s Dirty Wars. The story centers on Jamie (Cera), a boorish, insensitive twentysomething American traveling in Chile who plans on taking
- Tatiana Siegel
I went to Sundance 2013, and all I got was this lousy runny nose… and screening nearly thirty films… and getting to listen to or even meet some great filmmakers… and taking a bunch of excellent pictures… okay, you can’t really make going to Sundance sound bad. I spent nine days at this year’s festival, freezing my extremities in Park City in between showings of movies and dining at horrendously overpriced eateries. The air was thick with snow, Mormons, rich jerks, and rich Mormon jerks. Check out my #schindance tag on Twitter to see all the random brain droppings that I made during the festival proper.
But now that it over, the exciting part comes: the reviews! Yes, it’s time for me to stop being selfish and share what I’ve seen with all of you out there on the web. So, without further ado, here are all »
- Dan Schindel
Here is a complete listing of the films that were shown/covered by the Ioncinema.com team comprised of Nicholas Bell (Nb), Jordan M. Smith (Js) and Eric Lavallee (El). We’ll be populating this page up until March.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
C.O.G.- Kyle Patrick Alvarez: Js (★★ 1/2), Nb (★★ 1/2): Review
In A World… – Lake Bell: El (★★★): Review
- Eric Lavallee
Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale and Steve Hoover’s Blood Brother were the big winners at the 2013 edition of the Sundance Film Festival – both picked up the Audience awards and Grand Jury Prizes in their respective categories. Here’s the complete list of 2013 Sundance Film Festival Award winners:
World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic: “Jiseul,” directed by Muel O
World Cinema Documentary Audience Award: “The Square,” directed by Jehane Noujaim
Directing Award, Dramatic: Jill Solloway, “Afternoon Delight”
Directing Award, »
- Eric Lavallee
In this new documentary, the Nation's investigative reporter lifts the lid on the ugly reality of Us counter-terror operations
As President Barack Obama prepared to be sworn in for his second term as the 44th president of the United States, two courageous journalists premiered a documentary at the annual Sundance Film Festival. Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield reaffirms the critical role played by independent journalists like the film's director, Rick Rowley, and its narrator and central figure, Jeremy Scahill.
The increasing pace of Us drone strikes, and the Obama administration's reliance on shadowy special forces to conduct military raids beyond the reach of oversight and accountability, were summarily missed over the inaugural weekend by a Us press corps obsessed with first lady Michelle Obama's new bangs. Dirty Wars, along with Scahill's forthcoming book of the same title, is on target to break that silence … with a bang that matters. »
- Amy Goodman
Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, Next and other special awards of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the feature film Awards Ceremony, hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Park City, Utah. An archived video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at Sundance.org/Festival.
Here's what John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, had to say about this year's festival. "
"The films at our Festival this year truly reflect the unbridled passion, immense talent and diverse stories coming from the independent filmmaking community. I am confident that the awards presented this evening will fuel those films with special promise and that audiences will continue to champion the films they have discovered here."
Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, also released a statement.
"The lively dialogue and genuine excitement sparked by the films over the past 10 days is sure to resonate as they further reach »
Last night the 2013 Sundance Award Ceremony kicked off with a fancy night of food, drinks, and people giving teary eyed speeches. The Ceremony itself was hosted by Sundance favorite, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose film and directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction premiered earlier this week.
One of the night’s biggest surprises, was Special Audience Award for Sound Design for Shane Carruth’s (Primer) newest Sundance submission Upstream Color. It was a film that severely polarized legions of audiences and critics this year, so much so that I believe the jury felt the need to make the award up in order to make note of it.
The other big surprise winners were the U.S. Documentary Blood Brother, which won both the Audience and the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the U.S. Dramatic Film Fruitvale which also won both the Audience and Grand Jury Prize. Essentially, this means that »
- Ty Cooper
Yesterday at Park City, the awards were handed out with one of the hotly buzzed titles of the festival taking two major prizes.
The intense drama Fruitvale won both the Audience Award and U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, which reminds of when Precious won both in 2009, a year before it went on to become a Best Picture Oscar nominee.
The Ryan Coogler‘s film tells the story of the hours leading up to New Year’s Day in 2009, when the 22-year-old Oscar Grant was pulled off a rowdy Bart train at the Fruitvale station and was shot in the back, dying from his wounds.
The former chairman of 20th Century Fox, Tom Rothman said when presenting the prize:
This will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium.
Well, this statement suggests that history may well be getting ready to repeat itself. »
- Nick Martin
Ryan Coolger's "Fruitvale" and Steve Hoover's "Blood Brother" dominated the 2013 Sundance Film Festival awards! "Fruitvale," the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year old Bay Area resident shot in the back by Oakland transportation police, won the Grand Jury Prize (dramatic). Meanwhile, "Blood Brother," a documentary by Steve Hoover about Rocky Braat who went to India as a disillusioned American tourist and became an ally of children living with HIV/AIDS, took home the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary.
But what I'm very excited about is "Metro Manila" from BAFTA and Oscar-nominated director Sean Ellis. Shot in my homeland of the Philippines and using our dialect, Tagalog, entirely, "Metro Manila" is about Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal) and his family who flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines in order to seek a brighter future in Manila.
Here's the full list of winners of 2013 Sundance Film Festival:
Grand Jury Prize, »
Fruitvale became the first Sundance film to win the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic film since Precious in 2009. First-time director Ryan Coogler was inspired to write the film after 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back and killed by Oakland transit police on New Year’s Day morning 2009. Fruitvale tells the story of Grant’s last 24 hours alive, as he attempts to become a better father, a better boyfriend, and a better son and friend. “It’s about human beings and how we treat each other,” said Coogler, “how we treat people that »
- Jeff Labrecque
Dirty Wars is a movie that you’ll watch, and which will compel you to watch your back after you’ve seen it. Paranoid viewers might think the CIA should have a list of all the people who’ve seen the film, directed by Richard Rowley, because they now know unspeakable, horrific truths about America. In Dirty Wars, Rowley follows [...] »
- Germain Lussier
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