Attica (2021)

TRACI CURRY, STANLEY NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB 2021. Showtime Documentary Films, Firelight Films, Topic Studios. Screenplay by Stanley Nelson. Cinematography by Stefan Beaumont, Ryan Bron, Kevin J. Burroughs, Ronan Killeen, Antonio Rossi, Bill Winters. Produced by Traci Curry. Music by Tom Phillips. Film Editing by Alexa Lamantea. In September of 1971, prisoners…

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Crip Camp (2020)

JAMES LEBRECHT, NICOLE NEWNHAM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2020. Higher Ground Productions. Screenplay by James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham, David Radcliff. Cinematography by Vicente Franco, Mario Furloni, Tom Kaufman, Justin Schein, Jon Shenk. Produced by Sara Bolder, James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham. Music by Bear McCreary.  Film Editing by Andrew Gersh, Mary Lampson, Eileen…

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Apollo 11 (2019)

TODD DOUGLAS MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2019.  CNN Films, Statement Pictures.  Cinematography by Adam Holender.  Produced by Evan Krauss, Todd Douglas Miller, Thomas Peterson.  Music by Matt Morton.  Film Editing by Todd Douglas Miller. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the walk on the moon, an event that propelled scientific achievement…

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Last Days In Vietnam (2014)

RORY KENNEDY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Moxie Firecracker Films.  USA, 2014.  Screenplay by Mark Bailey, Keven McAlester.  Cinematography by Joan Churchill.  Produced by Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester.  Music by Gary Lionelli.  Film Editing by Don Kleszy.   With the Paris Peace Accords signed in 1973, a cease-fire has been confirmed between North and South Vietnam, American military presence has been removed…

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Hollywood On Trial (1976)

DAVID HELPERN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1976.  Cinema Associates.  Screenplay by Arnie Reisman.  Cinematography by Barry Abrams.  Produced by James C. Gutman.  Film Editing by Frank Galvin.   The period of the Hollywood Blacklist is one of the ugliest eras of American political history, and certainly not something that, in retrospect, recommends the film industry as a moral force….

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Gasland (2010)

JOSH FOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 2010.  International WOW Company, HBO Documentary Films.  Screenplay by Josh Fox.  Produced by Trish Adlesic, Josh Fox, Molly Gandour.  Music by Susan Jacobs, Jackie Mulhearn.  Film Editing by Matthew Sanchez.   In this astonishing documentary, director Josh Fox records his experiences with giant energy corporations after being informed that his land was…

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The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers (2009)

JUDITH EHRLICH, RICK GOLDSMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Kovno Communications.  Screenplay by Lawrence Lerew, Rick Goldsmith, Judith Ehrlich, Michael Chandler.  Cinematography by Vicente Franco, Dan Krauss.  Produced by Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith.  Music by Blake Leyh.  Film Editing by Michael Chandler, Rick Goldsmith, Lawrence Lerew.   Despite a flourishing career in the government and a successful position at the…

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A Decade Under The Influence (2003)

TED DEMME, RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB USA, 2003.  Constant Communication, Written in Stone.  Cinematography by Tony C. Jannelli, Clyde W. Smith.  Produced by Ted Demme, Jerry Kupfer, Richard LaGravenese, Gini Reticker.  Music by John Kimbrough.  Film Editing by Meg Reticker.   The clips alone are reason enough to watch this invigorating documentary that hearkens back to the…

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The War At Home (1979)

BARRY ALEXANDER BROWN, GLENN SILBER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1979.  Catalyst Media, Wisconsin Educational Television Network.  Cinematography by Richard March.  Produced by Barry Alexander Brown, Glenn Silber.  Film Editing by Chuck France.   Exceptional documentary masterpiece chronicles the birth of the counter-culture movement of the 1960s, centering on the explosive student riots at the University Of Wisconsin in…

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Why We Fight (2005)

EUGENE JARECKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/France/United Kingdom/Canada/Denmark, 2005.  Arte, BBC Storyville, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Charlotte Street Films, TV2 Danmark.  Screenplay by Eugene Jarecki.  Cinematography by Etienne Sauret, May Ying Welsh, Brett Wiley.  Produced by Eugene Jarecki, Susannah Shipman.  Music by Robert Miller.  Film Editing by Nancy Kennedy.   Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki has created an engrossing, intelligent and fascinating documentary about the history…

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