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Artists Creating Interactive Democracy
Uniting fifty writers, painters, poets, musicians, activists, and skateboarders, Antonio D'Ambrosio provides a visionary blueprint for a participatory society where politics can be transformed by a "creative response." The film features instructive comments from such artists as Shepard Fairey, Eve Ensler, Chuck D, and Billy Bragg. After the screening, panelists will consider the film's message in light of the upcoming presidential election and discuss concrete ways to create an interactive democracy.
Intellectual Insults: When TV political
Acerbic intellectual heavyweights Gore Vidal and William S. Buckley sparred brilliantly with each other as network commentators during the 1968 conventions. With insults and shocking name-calling, the progressive Vidal and conservative Buckley debated as if the country's future depended on their words. Distinguished filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon will discuss how these verbal battles are the subject of their next documentary and show excerpts from their work-in-progress, including the legendary debates.
The Making of the Political Mind: 3 Guys Want to be President
Presidential debates should be experienced as a community because what is discussed affects us all. The Paley Center is happy to be a place for New Yorkers to gather and watch this important part of the political process. You will also be able to respond to the points in the debate in real time with Reality Check Interactive.
Meet the Video Rebels Who Helped Change the Doc Form
Forty years ago, the video collective TVTV (short for Top Value Television) began to shoot free-form nonfiction TV with just-invented portable video equipment. Their classic coverage of political conventions, pop gurus, and sixties icons remains fresh and startling today. TVTV principal Paul Goldsmith's new doc follows the group from inception in 1972 until its lamented breakup in 1977. After the screening, reunited members will talk about how they helped to pave the way for a new type of documentary.
The Filmmakers: How Do They Cover Politics?
For twenty-five years POV has helped the public stay informed by dissecting political issues and illuminating the electoral process. This evening brings together filmmakers whose works have challenged our conceptions of politics as usual. Each filmmaker will screen highlights of his or her work and together they will discuss how you cover the political system, as well as obtain access to the private secrets of government.
A Real Political Maverick: Campaigning Differently
An inspiring portrait of the late Governor Ann Richards who took on the special interests and corporate power of Texas. Richards embodied a new progressive Texas, but was defeated in her reelection bid by the young and inexperienced George W. Bush, whom she called "Shrub." Any young politician who wants to do things differently should study this engaging documentary of Richards, which received a writing prize at the SilverDocs Festival.
Saturday, October 20 at 2:00pm
Watch emerging filmmakers pitch their docs-in-progress to a panel of experts to win a $5,000 grant for their film. Past winners of this contest, now in its ninth year, include the acclaimed films Circo, Charge, and Whatever It Takes.
Panel: Diana Holtzberg, Acquisitions & Project Development Director, USA, Films Transit International; Lauren Lazin, Filmmaker and Executive Producer, MTV; Molly Thompson, Vice President, A&E IndieFilms; Susan Werbe, Executive Producer, Programming, History; Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, POV