Friday, August 21, 2009

Interview with Joe Berlinger about CRUDE

Interview with Joe

Another fantastic film by my friend Joe. This one is about what happens when the
Little People take on Big Oil. Please go out and support his work!

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Go see this movie. He makes fantastic films (Some Kind of Monster, Brothers Keeper, Paradise Lost, Iconoclast) and this one is going to be exceptional!

You Tube link to trailer...

The website…
The CRUDE website has a list of cities and dates for the movie. Joe will be at a lot of the premiers. The actual show times won't be released until closer to the dates.

IFC Center
New York, NY
09/09 to 09/22
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger in person 09/9, 10, 11

Landmark Nuart
Los Angeles, CA
09/18 to 09/24
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger in person 09/18 & 19

Milwaukee Film Festival
Milwaukee, WI
09/24 to 10/04

Sidewalk Film Festival
Birmingham, AL
09/25 to 09/27

Landmark Lumiere
San Francisco, CA
09/25 to 10/01
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger in person 09/25

Landmark Shattuck
Berkeley, CA
09/25 to 10/01
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger in person 09/26

Landmark Theaters
San Diego, CA
09/25 to 10/01

Alexandria Film Festival
Alexandria, VA 09/27

Vancouver International Film Festival
Vancouver, BC 10/01

The Royal
Toronto, ON
10/01 to 10/04

Northwest Film Center
Portland, OR 10/07

Landmark Ritz at Bourse
Philadelphia, PA
10/09 to 10/15
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger in person 10/9 & 10

Landmark Dobie
Austin, TX
10/09 to 10/15

Cinema Arts Centre
Huntington, NY
10/15 Filmmaker Joe Berlinger in person 10/15

The Screen
Santa Fe, NM
10/16 to 10/22

Landmark Theaters
Denver, CO
10/16 to 10/22

Bill Cosford Cinema
Coral Gables, FL
10/16 to 10/18

Jacob Burns Film
Pleasantville, NY
10/18 to 10/19
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger in person 10/18

UCSB Arts and Lectures
Santa Barbara, CA 10/20

Lankmark E Street
Washington, DC
10/23 to 10/29
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger in person 10/23

Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus, OH 12/08

Landmark Varsity
Seattle, WA
10/23 to 10/29

International Film Series
Boulder, CO 11/05

Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, MA
11/06 to 11/14
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger in person 11/6

Angelika Dallas
Dallas, TX
11/06 to 11/12

Angelika Houston
Houston, TX
11/06 to 11/12

The Charles Theatre
Baltimore, MD
11/13 to 11/19

Museum of Fine Arts
Minneapolis, MN
11/13 to 11/19

St. Louis Film Festival
St. Louis, MO
11/15 Filmmaker Joe Berlinger in person 11/15

Real Artways
Hartford, CT
11/20 to 11/26

Plaza Theatre
Atlanta, GA
11/27 to 12/3

Bijou @ Crossroads
San Antonio, TX
11/27 to 12/3

Cleveland Cinematheque
Cleveland, OH
12/03 to 12/06

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Crude the Movie

Three years in the making, this cinéma-vérité feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. The inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking, exploring a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.

The landmark case takes place in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador, pitting 30,000 indigenous and colonial rainforest dwellers against the U.S. oil giant Chevron. The plaintiffs claim that Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – spent three decades systematically contaminating one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, poisoning the water, air and land. The plaintiffs allege that the pollution has created a “death zone” in an area the size of the Rhode Island, resulting in increased rates of cancer, leukemia, birth defects, and a multiplicity of other health ailments. They further allege that the oil operations in the region contributed to the destruction of indigenous peoples and irrevocably impacted their traditional way of life. Chevron vociferously fights the claims, charging that the case is a complete fabrication, perpetrated by “environmental con men” who are seeking to line their pockets with the company’s billions.

The case takes place not just in a courtroom, but in a series of field inspections at the alleged contamination sites, with the judge and attorneys for both sides trudging through the jungle to litigate. And the battleground has expanded far beyond the legal process. The cameras rolled as the conflict raged in and out of court, and the case drew attention from an array of celebrities, politicians and journalists, and landed on the cover of Vanity Fair. Some of the film’s subjects sparked further controversy as they won a CNN “Hero” award and the Goldman Award, the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Shooting in dozens of locations on three continents and in multiple languages, Berlinger and his crew gained extraordinary access to players on all sides of the legal fight and beyond, capturing the drama as it unfolded while the case grew from a little-known legal story to an international cause célèbre. Crude is a ground-level view of one of the most extraordinary legal dramas of our time, one that has the potential of forever changing the way international business is conducted. While the environmental impact of the consumption of fossil fuels has been increasingly documented in recent years, Crude focuses on the human cost of our addiction to oil and the increasingly difficult task of holding a major corporation accountable for its past deeds.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Video's From Copenhagen July 2009

I got prime location for nights two and three of the Metallica shows. I shot three videos. One form night 2 - Damage Inc and two on night two - Blackened and Helpless. The video quality is good. LOL Hey, I was shooting using a digital camera and not a movie camera. LOL So now ^sticks tongue out^ The audio is dodgy. You can hear it but it's not the best quality. Give a look and a listen and lemme know what you think. I'm of the mind the videos came out better than the pictures. Pictures to be uploaded soon. I still don't have photoshop for mac *cough*jordan*cough so the resizing hasn't been done. OI - VEY!!!!!

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