Friday, October 8, 2010

Interview: Davis Guggenheim

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Director Davis Guggenheim
  • Director Davis Guggenheim
Most notably known for his Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, Director Davis Guggenheim points his lens back towards a subject he's passionate about - education, with his latest film, Waiting for "Superman". Guggenheim first approached the subject of education a decade ago with his short film Teach and took a step further profiling first-time teachers in his film The First Year.

In "Superman", Guggenheim profiles five extraordinary young students and their families who are fighting for a quality education within the public school system. Recently, we sat down (over tea) with the acclaimed director to discuss the film, the problems with the education system and what he thinks we can do to save our schools.

Waiting For "Superman" opens in select theaters on Friday, October 8.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Uneasy Does It, 2: Harry Shearer (in his own words) on Katrina, the Army Corps of Engineers, Randy Newman

Posted By on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 7:01 AM

Just a Guy
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  • Just a Guy

The bio under Harry Shearer's by-line for his Huffington Post column reads like a Tweet: "Just a Guy." A modest understatement. Given his Zelig-esque versatility, and the plethora of projects in which he participates—from voicing a dozen+ characters on "The Simpsons," playing Bass for Spinal Tap and the Folksman, writing a column for Huffington Post, creating LeShow a weekly NPR satire program, producing touring art exhibitions, and (for the first time ever) directing a feature documentary—he thought it best to keep it simple. With Sheraer's documentary, The Big Uneasy, premiering in theatres across the U.S. for One Night Only event on Monday August 30th, the ever modest guy agreed to step into the spotlight to answer a few "Uneasy" questions.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Uneasy Does It, 1: Atlanta's Tom Roche Edits Harry Shearer's New Orleans Doc

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Director Harry Shearer and Atlanta-based editor Tom Roche engineer a look at Post Katrina New Orleans
  • Tom Roche
  • Director Harry Shearer and Atlanta-based editor Tom Roche engineer a look at Post Katrina New Orleans
Tom Roche has worked as an editor for Atlanta-based Crawford Communications for over 20 years. His past projects include music videos for R.E.M., "Space Ghost Coast to Coast", and Spinäl Tap's Unwigged and Unplugged. Roche also directed the documentary feature Alley Pat, the Music is Recorded, which won the audience prize at the 2010 Atlanta Film Festival.

For the past few months, Roche has been working in New Orleans with actor, artist, musician, and satirist Harry Shearer on The Big Uneasy, a feature documentary that exposes engineering failures as the true cause of the Katrina tragedy and how it could have been prevented.

With The Big Uneasy set to screen for one day only on Monday, August 30th at 7:00pm & 9:30pm at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, I reached out to Tom to talk politics, docs, music, radio and the importance of the French article "le."

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Friday, August 13, 2010

This is Dragon*Con with Jack Walsh and Gordon Ray

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Labor Day is fast approaching and that means so is Dragon*Con. The "sci-fi fantasy Margi Gras" as actress Erin Gray calls it, is the subject of a new one-hour documentary Four Days at Dragon*Con by Atlantans Jack Walsh and Gordon Ray. If those names sounds familiar, it's because the two men are co-producers of the award-winning PBA series "This is Atlanta with Alicia Steele."

Four Days at Dragon*Con will air on PBA beginning Aug. 28 at 9 p.m,. and again at midnight and will continue through the Tuesday following Labor Day. Schedule is as follows:

Sunday, August 29, at 8:00 pm
Tuesday, August 31, at 11 pm
Thursday, Sept. 2 at 11 pm
Saturday, September 5th at 12 am
Tuesday, September 7th at 11

Check out the trailer here.

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