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‘Stranger Fruit’ Trailer: Documentary About Ferguson Shooting Of Michael Brown

‘Stranger Fruit’ Trailer: Documentary About Ferguson Shooting Of Michael Brown
Exclusive: Here is the first trailer for Stranger Fruit, the documentary written and directed by Jason Pollock that raised eyebrows at last year’s SXSW film festival and was re-edited to include information about the backlash of the doc itself and also to insert what they say is new evidence. The film put the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office under a microscope and also interviews Brown’s family members. Gravitas Ventures acquired the controversial pic and will…
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‘Whose Streets?’: For the Charlottesville Resistance, this Documentary is Essential Cinema

As the nation reacts to the violence in Charlottesville, many are stunned by the hateful views that lurk beneath the country’s surface. One group that is unsurprised? Black people. African Americans have never forgotten America’s racist foundations, and never had the chance to turn a blind eye; they experience racism every day. Which why is a film like “Whose Streets?” — a documentary about the Ferguson protests, made by black filmmakers for black audiences — must be seen, celebrated, and heeded.

The film documents the genesis of the Black Lives Matter movement during 2013 demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., following the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Piecing together shaky footage with more intimate interviews with movement leaders, director Sabaah Folayan and producer Damon Davis weave a tale of unrelenting power that feels like today’s news. The film’s authenticity is largely derived from the filmmakers,
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Adam McKay Producing Documentary About School Dropout Rates

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As far as comedy directors go, Adam McKay has a tremendous track record; Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy is one of the funniest movies of all-time and his other works (Step Brothers, last year’s The Other Guys) aren’t too shabby either. Hell, he’s even made a significant impact on the internet, helping to launch Funny or Die a few years ago with Will Ferrell. Those of you like me who have repeatedly watched the Captain Planet video starring Don Cheadle are thankful for that site’s existence.

And now McKay is getting a little more serious…in a producing capacity at least. Deadline reports that he’s signed on to produce a documentary from Jason Pollock who was behind 2008′s The Youngest Candidate, which chronicled younger members of society (age 18-20) who were running for public office. This time around Pollock will be focusing on
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Adam McKay Helps Produce Public School Drop Out Documentary

After making us laugh in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Adam McKay took on current events and directed the Ponzi schemed The Other Guys, which shed a new light on the issues that are affecting audiences. Now Adam McKay is ready to do it all over again, but this time its for the kids.

Deadline reports that McKay will produce a new feature documentary from Jason Pollock about the dropout epidemic in American public schools. Pollack directed the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival doc, The Youngest Candidate, which was released under David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants banner. The documentary is expected to be shot throughout the current school year and is scheduled for a release next fall.

This documentary part of the screening tour that would lead up to election day.

“I want to help put the education system front and center in this upcoming presidential election,
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Adam McKay to Produce a Documentary on School Dropout Epidemic

The director has comedies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby under his belt, but his lesson on Ponzi schemes during the credits for The Other Guys shows that Adam McKay has real concern for the major issues plaguing our country and its government. Now he's acting on thems as Deadline reports McKay will produce a new documentary from Jason Pollock (The Youngest Candidate) about the school dropout epidemic in American public schools. McKay says, “I want to help put the education system front and center in this upcoming presidential election." Read on! The documentary will soot through the current school year and is looking to get a release in the fall of 2012. In addition, the film will use the power of social media to get the word out about the film, not to mention a screening tour to various ...
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Rotten Tomatoes, a Division of Warner Bros. -- Can It Be Unbiased?

Rotten Tomatoes, a Division of Warner Bros. -- Can It Be Unbiased?
So this morning Warner Bros. confirmed that it was buying the social-media site Flixster, which also happens to be the parent company of Rotten Tomatoes, the most widely known aggregator of movie reviews on the web. And despite WB's assurances that both sites would remain independently run, it didn't take long for alarm bells to sound in some quarters over the idea of a major studio owning a site where people go to see what the critics think about movies. Also read: Warner Bros. to Acquire Flixster, Rotten Tomatoes Tweeted filmmaker Jason Pollock,
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MSN Bows Social Media ‘Tastemaker’, Latest In Web Reality Rush

MSN is jumping on board the latest trend in original web series—reality TV-style shows—with its new hosted competition series The Tastemaker which launched today. The series features six social media influencers battling it out for a $10,000 prize as “The Tastemaker.” In the running for the top spot are web series host Jesse Draper (The Valley Girl), along with Christine Esther, Jonathan Nafarrete, Brett Gursky, Raymond Roker and Morgan KcKean. The show makes no excuses for the fact that this is essentially an online popularity contest, even titling its first fan voting as “The Official Tastemaker Popularity Contest!” on Sodahead. Judging the competition are some recognizable faces in the web video world all with their own social media followings including Shira Lazar, Kelly Perdew (Season 2 winner of ‘The Apprentice’) and “adventuregirl” Stefanie Michaels Each episode is laid out as a “challenge” where, in typical reality show fashion, contestants face elimination.
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Cory Booker Vs. Conan: The Pre-Game Ustream

In late September, Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien quipped that a program to improve the health of Newark residents would involve a "bus ticket out of Newark." The joke, referring to Newark's historically high crime rate aroused the ire of mayor Cory Booker, who immediately put Conan on Newark airports No Fly List. "Try JFK, buddy," Booker said. Not one to back down from a potential feud, Conan has invited Mayor Booker to join him on The Tonight Show tonight. Before appearing with Conan, however, Booker hosted a live broadcast on Ashton Kutcher's Ustream account alongside Jason Pollock to discuss how Newark's communities are growing and how public service is helping to strengthen the city. Watch: ...
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Calling All Youth Activists In L.A.: The Youngest Candidate Is The Film You Have To See

There is nothing more inspiring than speaking to a young person who is determined to change the world and make it a better place. So when Jason Pollock pitched me his film The Youngest Candidate, a documentary about teenagers running for public office, I couldn't resist. I thought about my own youth, going with my parents to the big marches in DC against the Vietnam war. Being just a small grain of sand on that beach of change that ended that war was an incredible experience, and left an indelible impression. So documenting 18 and 19 year olds who decided to run for public office because they felt like they could make a change was something I thought could help and inspire other young people. The film will have its world premiere during the Los Angeles Film...
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