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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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Beware the Creeping Nazi Beast – A TV Review

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February 26, 2018
Beware the Creeping Nazi Beast – A TV Review

Babylon Berlin, the 16-part TV series released on Netflix in late January 2018, may be the best television since Deadwood and possibly better that Breaking Bad, two of my favourites. Europe seems to think so and the North American reviews are generally positive. The New York Times predicts that it will become “an international...
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Black Panther Revives 1960s Memories

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February 23, 2018
Black Panther Revives 1960s Memories

Black Panther, the box office wonder of the moment, is garnering praise from many quarters and it deserves the kudos. . .for a super-hero flick, that is. Ignoring my usual tendency to avoid super-hero anything, I bought tickets to a theatre with those comfy reclining seats, slapped on a pair of 3D goggles and...
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The Post – A Film Review

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January 31, 2018
The Post – A Film Review

Steven Spielberg is the quintessential Hollywood movie director. He’s often too patriotic for my liking – Saving Private Ryan comes to mind – but sometimes he chooses topics that go beyond patriotism to real cinematic studies of historic events. The Post, about the risky publication of the Pentagon Papers, is one of those. It...
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Tarkovsky – The Poetic Russian Filmmaker

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February 19, 2017
Tarkovsky – The Poetic Russian Filmmaker

Andrei Tarkovsky, one of the great Russian directors (1932-1986), brings a poetic vision to his films that has both entranced and frustrated viewers since his first film Ivan’s Childhood won accolades at the Venice Film Festival in 1962. The maker of Alexei Rubylev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1974), Stalker (1979) and Nostalgia (1983)...
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Dinosaurs and superheroes

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December 8, 2015
Dinosaurs and superheroes

Why does the male-dominated Hollywood film industry stop many women from advancing to the top echelons as film directors and studio heads? Columnist Maureen Dowd exposed the many reasons in the Nov. 22, 2015, New York Times Magazine cover story. The article comes on the heels of Patricia Arquette’s bold statement at last year’s...
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The 33 – A Film Review

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November 20, 2015
The 33 – A Film Review

I was bubbling over with questions after seeing The 33, a new film about the 2010 mining accident that buried 33 miners alive in Chile’s San Jose mine. But I was also concerned that the filmmakers had chosen Hollywood star power to tell this story of local courage and community resistance. We too seldom...
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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 magazine reviews Joe Hill and Remembering Salt

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October 8, 2015
Labour magazine reviews Joe Hill and Remembering Salt

Our Times, Canada’s labour magazine, has included a two-page review essay on my films in its fall 2015 edition. Headlined “Rekindling Resistance,” writer Rachel E Beattie provides a wide-ranging assessment of the short films and concludes that the “triumphant note embedded in those stories” helps inspire action today and “remind labour activists of that spirit...
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Joe Hill Wins Again – A Film Update

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July 14, 2015
Joe Hill Wins Again – A Film Update

My short documentary Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout, released in 2014, won second prize at the Seattle MayWorks video contest this spring. “We appreciate your contribution to the advancement of worker culture,” said the Washington State Labor council in announcing the prize. In August, Joe Hill will be shown at the Oregon AFL-CIO summer...
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