Dir. Fred Peabody, Canada, 2016, 91 min, English | Independent journalists like Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative, adversarial alternatives to mainstream, corporate news outlets. The cameras follow them as they expose government and corporate deception – just as the ground-breaking independent journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago. Featuring new interviews with Carl Bernstein, Noam Chomsky, Ana Kasparian, and Michael Moore. Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2016. Followed by panel moderated by Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Rick Goldsmith.
Meet the Panelists
Rick Goldsmith (panel moderator) has been producing, directing and editing documentary films for 35 years. He received a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship from the Carter Center to aid in the production of his latest film Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw. Rick was nominated twice for an Academy Award for his feature documentaries Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press and (with Judith Ehrlich) The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, both of which focus heavily on the role—and both strengths and shortcomings– of America’s news media.
Norman Solomon is a journalist, media critic, author and activist. He wrote the nationally syndicated “Media Beat” weekly column from 1992 to 2009. His dozen books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” A documentary film based on “War Made Easy” was released in 2007. Solomon is the founder of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a consortium of policy researchers and analysts, is co-founder of the online organization RootsAction.org, with nearly 1 million active supporters, and is a longtime associate of the media watch group FAIR– Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting.
David Talbot is a longtime San Franciscan, journalist and author. His books include “Season of the Witch,” a history of San Francisco from the 1960s to the 1980s, and, most recently,“The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government” which was a New York Times bestseller. David founded the pioneering online news site Salon, was an editor at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. He has been published in the New Yorker, Time, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times among others, and currently writes a three-times-a-week column for the San Francisco Chronicle.