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Chicago – The creator behind the provocative new documentary “Dirty Wars” is veteran investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, and he is unafraid to reveal the dirt on the perpetual conflict under the heading of the war on terror. Scahill is not a stranger to controversy, and his insertion into the film’s narrative is part of the story itself.
In going behind the scenes in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, Scahill uncovers some eye-opening circumstances regarding the use of force in the war on terror. The special unit that killed Osama Bin Laden – the Joint Special Operations Command (Jsoc) – is also responsible for the killing of innocents in Afghanistan, and is a sector of the military that seems to have no accountability, either with Congress or the law.
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Chicago – Jeremy Scahill is a relentless investigative reporter, a rare species in an age of increasing corporate control of the media. He goes to terror zones that others fear to tread, and has uncovered stories that comprise his new documentary, “Dirty Wars,” which uncovers dangerous U.S. foreign policy.
This film is based on the premise that the branches of government have decided that war no longer has to be declared, but perpetually fought, and it is that recent foreign policy that Jeremy Scahill investigates. He inserts himself into the story, becoming an increasingly angry and paranoid participant while shining a light into many dark corners. The game of one specialized military unit maintaining a perpetual war on terror – and draining the United State’s resources while expanding the battle – results in no oversight, no ordinary citizen knowledge of their associative activities and virtually unlimited powers to crash and »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Director Richard Rowley’s riveting new documentary film, Dirty Wars, tells a complex story about the dark side of U.S. foreign policy and exposes the ugly reality of U.S. counter-terror operations. Rowley follows investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, who is both the film’s narrator and central figure, as he embarks on an unexpected journey to explore the expansion of covert wars and the rise of the secretive, extremely powerful Joint Special Operations Command (Jsoc). The film takes an uncompromising look at the clandestine Global War on Terror, its lack of oversight and accountability, and how it’s being conducted in our names without our knowledge. In an exclusive interview, Rowley talked to me about the commitment to unembedded journalism he shares with Scahill that often means taking great personal risks to track down a story, why they wanted to make this documentary to try to begin a discussion in the U. »
- Sheila Roberts
"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 hit theaters on June 7, via IFC Sundance Selects. 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, not the journalist himself. »
- Jacob Combs
Post 9/11, war docs have become a mainstay on the indie film circuit. Angry, passionate, revelatory and provocative, these films -- like "Restrepo," "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Armadillo" -- have changed how we view the war on terror. Richard Rowley's shocking "Dirty Wars" is the latest to do so. An extension of investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill reporting on the Joint Special Operations Command's night raids program, Rowley's film follow Scahill as he traces the rise of the controversial post 9/11 program and exposes its secrets. As Scahill uncovers, no target is off-limits for the 'kill list,' even if the person is a U.S. citizen. I called up Scahill, who released a companion book titled "Dirty Wars: The World's Battlefield" in April, to discuss his reasons for being in the film and what he plans to do next to get the word out. "Dirty Wars" is currently playing in select theaters »
- Nigel M Smith
In one of the most powerful documentaries I’ve seen this year, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill takes audiences on a chilling ride as he chases down the hidden truth behind America’s expanding covert wars and targeted killing program. Directed by Rick Rowley, Dirty Wars reveals how the War on Terror has fundamentally changed the rules of the game and the rules of engagement as it traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U.S. history. Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government–condoned torture occur in corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties. I recently landed an exclusive interview with Scahill who talked about what inspired the film, his collaboration with Rowley, the personal narrative they used to immerse the audience in the investigative reporting process, the current media climate and challenges it poses independent journalists, and the »
- Sheila Roberts
Wish You Were Here received mostly glowing reviews from Us critics and copious publicity last week, centred primarily on lead actor Joel Edgerton whose profile has rocketed after The Great Gatsby and Zero Dark Thirty.
Despite all that, the psychological thriller had a disappointing opening weekend, taking $US25,700 at 11 cinemas in 10 cities including the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles and the Village East in Manhattan.
Directed and co-written by Kieran Darcy-Smith, the film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where eOne snapped up North American rights. The distributor pushed back the release hoping to capitalise on Edgerton.s growing popularity..
Typifying the mostly laudatory reviews, the Los Angeles Times. Gary Goldstein declared, .While the film has its moments of action, it's primarily a deeply wrenching, emotionally authentic adult drama about bad choices . some unplanned, some more calculated . and their inevitable repercussions..
In a similar vein, Blue-ray.com.s Brian Orndorf said, »
- Don Groves
"The Avengers" director Joss Whedon's update on the Bard's "Much Ado About Nothing" scored big in its box-office debut for Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate. The black-and-white contemporary take on Shakespeare's classic opened in five theaters in New York, L..A and San Francisco and took in $183,400 for a very strong $36,680 per-screen average. And it broke the house record at N.Y's Lincoln Center Film Society Theatre, with a $15,027 gross on Saturday. Meanwhile, Sundance Selects opened Rick Rowley's documentary "Dirty Wars" in four theaters in New York, L.A. and Washington, D.C., taking »
- Todd Cunningham
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“Dirty Wars,” which won the Cinematography Award and was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is directed by Rick Rowley from writer David Riker and acclaimed writer Jeremy Scahill.
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In "Broadcast News," veteran TV reporter Aaron Altman (played by Albert Brooks) sees a colleague put himself at the center of a story, prompting Aaron to note sarcastically, "Let's never forget, we're the real story, not them." It's a piece of advice that could have helped "Dirty Wars" director Richard Rowley; the film features a great piece of investigative journalism by author and journalist Jeremy Scahill, but there's way too much of Scahill on camera. Remember how local news shows in the 1970s and '80s would open with a montage of the »
- Alonso Duralde
It's not news that the American "war on terror" has helped create growing anti-American sentiment (in Iraq and Afghanistan, for starters) rooted not in people's envy of our culture or hatred of our values but in the senseless bloodshed suffered by their families and countrymen. A sobering illustration of how the U.S. creates such enemies is merely the starting point of Richard Rowley's documentary Dirty Wars. Written by David Riker and celebrated investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill (author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army), the film follows Scahill as he unpeels the layers of the Joint Special Operations Command, the powerful covert military outfit that answers directly—and only—to the president, and whose maneuver »
Jeremy Scahill's new documentary, "Dirty Wars," is a cinematic chronicle of one journalist's investigation into America's secret global campaign of targeted killings. It raises a stark question: Is Team Obama's aggressive expansion of drone strikes and night raids doing more harm than good?
The film, co-written by Scahill and David Riker and directed by Rick Rowley, is structured like a noir detective story. It follows Scahill from the lawless hinterlands of Afghanistan, where he interviews the surviving members of the family of a U.S.-trained police chief decimated in a secret night raid; to Yemen, where he inspects the wreckage of a drone strike and meets the father of Anwar al-Awlaki, one of four American citizens to be assassinated abroad by the U.S. (al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son was another); to Somalia, where he tags along with Somali war lords on the U.S. payroll, who brag of committing »
- Mike Hogan
The Internship would seem to be the favorite this weekend -- they are definitely marketing the living tarnation out of it -- but it's also an extremely weak front-runner. There are certainly predictors out there taking The Purge for the win. The first problem facing the new Vince Vaughn / Owen Wilson comedy is that it seems to be a big ol' advertisement for Google (admittedly, unpaid). Issue number two is the tepid response to the trailer, I have yet to run across anyone who is hyped for this new release. Err, actually it's not actually new, as they opened the film last Friday, for one showing, at limited theaters. I wasn't able to find any numbers for that single show, though they likely wouldn't have had much relevance, due to enforced scarcity. The tracking for both new releases is also dismal, as you'll see below, so I've boosted both new releases under the "well, »
- Laremy Legel
In his new documentary and nonfiction book, both titled, Dirty Wars, Scahill chronicles the insidious side of America's covert military ops, which continue to engage in targeted assassinations, killing civilians in places like Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia, and the vicious cycle of increased anti-American fury. "I just don't see how this ends," says Scahill. "I think our film can fill in the gaps for people that want to understand what happens in the thousands of raids that happen every year."
This week, Katey, Dave, and David are all Mia . so it's up to Patches to pick some topics and wrangle the Internet's best to talk them out. First up, Patches and James Rocchi of MSN Movies profess their love for Cosmos and discuss Carl Sagan's influence on movies. Then, Mike Ryan of Huffington Post joins the show to slam this weekend's two hour Google commercial, The Internship. Our mini-segment piggybacks off We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks to dig into the trail of Bradley Manning. We wrap up with a look at the film talk that's happening on Tumblr, with Chad Perman and Michelle Said of the successful blog/magazine Bright Wall Dark Room. We kick it off with a lightning round question inspired by the documentary, Dirty Wars. Take a listen below and find your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow the »
Title: Dirty Wars Sundance Selects Director: Rick Rowley Screenwriter: David Riker, Jeremy Scahill Cast: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi, Abdul Rahman Barman, Andrew Exum Screened at: Park Avenue, NYC, 5/15/13 Opens: June 7, 2013 Documentarians are generally to the left of center politically. Think of Michael Moore, who has attacked corporations like General Motors and the Congress for refusing to insure our medical health as do European nations. Think of Morgan Spurlock, who attacked McDonald’s, using himself as a guinea pig to demonstrate the lack of nutrition in that food corporation’s fare. Along comes Rick Rowley who in “Dirty Wars” focuses on Jeremy Scahill, [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
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.
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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
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