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Documentary Filmmaker Joe Berlinger Under Fire

May 26, 2010
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Documentary Filmmaker Joe Berlinger Under Fire

Earlier this month, a major blow was dealt to documentary filmmakers’ and journalists’ First Amendment rights. On May 6, U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled in favor of a motion by the Chevron oil company subpoenaing 600 hours of footage of Joe Berlinger’s documentary Crude, which exposes the corporate malfeasance and massive...
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The Ken Burns Effect

December 15, 2009
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The Ken Burns Effect

Emmy award-winning, Oscar-nominated documentarian Ken Burns was in Baltimore Dec. 8, at the B&O Railroad Museum. He’s been in town often this year, he says, giving speeches, doing promo appearances, visiting The Sun. This time it was to win yet another award: the 2009 Patriotism Award bestowed by the American Flag Foundation. The foundation,...
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Local film: O’Malley Curiously Announces Support for “New, Existing” Film Festivals

December 12, 2008
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A mysterious press release came out of the state Department of Business and Economic Development Dec. 11 that’s left some members of Baltimore’s film community scratching their heads in wonder. The release, sent out by the department which houses the Maryland Film Office–the agency charged with attracting filmmakers to the state–proclaims “Governor O’Malley Announces...
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On the 40th Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine, Free Speech and Air Shows Don’t Mix

May 19, 2008
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On the 40th Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine, Free Speech and Air Shows Don’t Mix

On Saturday, May 17, over 112,000 people attended Preakness and another 150,000 people went to the Joint Service Open House and Air Show at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County. Among the Air Show attendees were 40-odd peace activists. Well . . . sort of. The activists, who were brought together to...
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