Amazing story about a documentary that made it to Sundance.  Now how long will it take to move this timely film to theaters and streaming distribution?  

""But documentaries are the art of the journeyman. They can be undone by too much ambition. Too much ingenious construction and they cease to represent the world, becoming reflected images of their own excessively stated pretensions." — Nick Fraser"

http://documentaries.about.com/b/2014/01/12/we-love-impunity-nick-fraser-on-the-act-of-killing.htm?nl=1

Alex Gibney, Lucy Walker, James Toback, Morgan Neville, Teller, and Errol Morris share insights on documentary filmmaking today.  

Crucial fact in last paragraph: “One longtime layer of oversight — a senior executive in charge of standards who screened every “60” report before broadcast — was removed after Mr. Fager was promoted to chairman of the news division.”  

Sad to learn this after having experienced the valuable corrective that lawyer Robert Chandler exercised at 60 Minutes on my first story in 1984.  He not only countered the excessive enthusiasm of founding executive producer Don Hewitt but also pushed me to do further reporting before the story aired.  

Restraint or Repercussion?  No one wants to be micro-managed, but removing those who would regulate us — in editorial, financial or other matters — is a recipe for creating crises.  

Documentary Director Kornbluth felt “trapped in 24-hour news cycle” trying to understand income inequality.  True for most issues;  reason we need documentaries.

The crowd gives back what ITVS withdrew.  The faces of corporate money in politics belong on public television.  Next step? 

Art Director George Lois, moonlighting from his ad agency, designed visually stunning covers to highlight Esquire’s innovative literary journalism by Tom Wolfe, Nora Ephron, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin et al.  Lois is better here than in the documentary Art & Copy — especially on the Andy Warhol and Sonny Liston covers.

A MUST SEE for any journalism student assigned to read Gay Talese’s classic observational reporting story “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold”.      

A MUST SEE for any journalism student assigned to read Gay Talese’s classic observational reporting story “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold”.