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New Play Features Paul Robeson’s Legacy – An Update

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August 3, 2019
New Play Features Paul Robeson’s Legacy – An Update

African-American singer-actor-activist Paul Robeson continues to inspire and raise awareness of the controversial politics that surrounded the man, as the new play 8 Hotels attests. Early reviews of the play, playing on the London stage August 1-24, 2019, do not indicate that playwright Nicholas Wright’s script includes Robeson’s famed Peace Arch concerts in the...
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Codename P9 – A Public Screening

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August 11, 2018
Codename P9 – A Public Screening

My third documentary film, Codename Project 9, had its first public screening at the Expressions Cafe in Nelson, B.C., on August 6, 2018, 73 years after the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The film documents the role that the Trail smelter played in making the bomb, providing glimpses of...
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Critics Misjudge Vietnam War Series – A Film Review

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January 9, 2018
Critics Misjudge Vietnam War Series – A Film Review

The other day a friend at the gym mentioned that he had been watching the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War. “I was on the wrong side,” he concluded repeating a phrase heard in the film. “We didn’t know what we were fighting for and they had everything to fight for.” Not all...
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Joe Hill and Salt official selections

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March 20, 2016
Joe Hill and Salt official selections

My two short documentary films, Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout and Remembering Salt, are official selections in the 2016 Reel Work Labor Film Festival. They will be screened on Monday, April 25, 7 p.m., at the Service Employees International Union Hall, 517 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA. See www.reelwork.org . Coming this summer My...
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Remembering Salt broadcast on TV in Kootenays

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November 9, 2015
Remembering Salt broadcast on TV in Kootenays

Remembering Salt, my second short documentary film about the Kootenays, is airing on Shaw Cable Channel 10 on the dates and times listed below. See the attached Castlegar News feature for a comment on the show: http://www.castlegarnews.com/entertainment/350655251.html . See below. The half-hour broadcast includes my comments on the making of the documentary as well as excerpts...
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Labour History Moments – Remembering Salt

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May 7, 2015
Labour History Moments – Remembering Salt

Sixty years ago in December 1954, a movie called Salt of the Earth found its way into Canada, thanks to the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (now Steel). The film was blacklisted across the United States as the Cold War unleashed a widespread paranoia that became known as McCarthyism. But fear of...
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Indiegogo starts Salt fundraiser

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January 22, 2015
Indiegogo starts Salt fundraiser

My second history film, Remembering Salt, is in the editing stages now. We have funding to complete most of the work but could use some help with post-production and distribution costs. If you want to make a contribution, go to this site: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/remembering-salt-cold-war-in-a-canadian-town/x/9665858  
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Banned film brings tears, laughter, solidarity

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November 24, 2014
Banned film brings tears, laughter, solidarity

Blue skies brightened the crisp Sunday afternoon in mid-November 2014 when I arrived at the old Castle Theatre in Castlegar, British Columbia, carrying a copy of the banned 1950s film Salt of the Earth. It was the day after a local election and I expected post-election hangovers would probably keep all but ardent churchgoers...
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Salt of the Earth Local 890 decertified

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October 27, 2014
Salt of the Earth Local 890 decertified

To many labor historians and labor activists across North America, it was a heavy blow to learn that Local 890, the union that was the star of the historic 1950s blacklisted film Salt of the Earth, had voted to decertify in September. One PNLHA member, lamenting the passing of the historical local union, said...
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Remembering Salt – A history booklet and video

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October 18, 2014
Remembering Salt – A history booklet and video

Sixty years ago, the blacklisted Hollywood movie Salt of the Earth showed to 900 curious viewers at the Castle Theatre in Castlegar, B.C. On November 16, 2014, in a celebration of this heroic battle against the spread of McCarthyism, about  150 people of the West Kootenay region again saw Salt in the very theatre that showed it...
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