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The health care industry is not taking Michael Moore’s new documentary on their practices lightly.  According to Advertising Age:

  • Pharmaceutical manufactures  Pfizer, AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline have instructed employees not to speak to Moore.
  • Families who Moore interviews have a 100% rate of getting free medicines after being interviewed and making it know.
  • Health care industry representatives consistently using phrase “one-sided” in describing Moore’s past films.

The pharmaceutical industry might have reason to believe they are Moore’s primary target.  Rumor has it that Moore has setup entire fake business offices to film how far doctors will go when they interact with Moore’s “drug reps”.  The relationship between doctors and drug reps has been long documented on TV and in print.  Atlantic Monthly recently did an article reporting the extremes, but also acknowledging that the most extreme incentives and gifts for doctors have been scaled back.  Whether Michael Moore can bring new information to this corruption is questionable.  Whether he will bring a bigger audience to the issue is not in doubt. 

Michael Moore has indicated that Sicko will be released in 2007.  Miramax will be distributing.


When: September and October, 2006
Where: Auckland, Wellington, Chrishchurch, and Dundein; New Zealand
What: First Australasian dedicated documentary film festival. The festival will showcase more than 110 documentary works from all over the world with a quarter from New Zealand. 30 New Zealand films are in compeitition for the Best Feature Documentary, Best Medium Documentary and the Best Short Documentary.


Where: Vancover, BC, Canada
What: Digital film production program.  Includes general certification as well as a documentary film production certification program lasting twelve weeks.

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Two Colorado State University women ‑ one a professor, the other a researcher ‑ have received a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, and a like sum from CSU’s College of Liberal Arts, to study the effects that a loss of culture has on these evacuees.

Kate Browne, an expert in Afro-Creole populations and professor of anthropology, has teamed with Lori Peek, a disaster researcher in the Department of Sociology, to document their stories.

“Evacuees feel a profound sense of attachment to New Orleans: its Creole food, its music, its flair for celebration and even the way of talking were wildly different than what they have found in other areas,” Browne said.

How evacuees fared from the Gulf Coast is reflected in the proximity to their former social networks.

The researchers write that many evacuees came from a culture based in French Creole roots in which celebration, regional cuisine and extended family ties are highly valued.

While not enough time has elapsed for evacuees to pull their lives together, the misconception that life for evacuees should be returning to normal only compounds their troubles.

Click here for the Rocky Mountain News article.


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19th Seagate Foyle Film Festival announces Call For Entry to the Stella Artois Film Awards, 10-19 November 2006.

Categories include: Best International Short, Best Irish Short, Best Animation, Best Feature and Best Documentary

FINAL DEADLINE is 8th September 2006

A £10 fee will be applied for entries recieved by 4th September.
Those received by the final deadline will be charged £20

Short Film and Short Animations must be between 5–40minutes duration, while Short Documentaries must be a minimum of 15minutes and a maximum of 30minutes duration. There is no time limit for the categories of Feature Film, Feature Animation and Feature Documentary.

For the selection process acceptable formats are VHS, NTSC and DVD. Successful entries to the competition must be on 35mm format for all categories excluding Documentary, for which 35mm and digital formats (excluding Digibeta and DVCam Pro) are suitable. Read the rest of this entry »

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NBC will be airing In His Own Words: Brian Williams on Hurricane Katrina on August 28th.  The one hour film will air commercial free.

HBO will be airing Spike Lee’s four hour documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.  The film will air over two nights, August 21 and 22, with the full film being shown on the 29th.

I have seen neither of these films, but have been aware of the Spike Lee documentary for several months.  The focus on New Orleans has always bothered me on some level.  The hurricane hit so many communities beyond New Orleans, that the focus on just this one area seemed too limiting.  This site was run for several years when the publisher (myself) lived in Long Beach, Mississippi.  Most of the Mississippi coastal community (several blocks in, all along the coast) was completely destroyed including where I lived.  But that initial feeling of being bothered, when looked at closer is absurd.  Documentaries are all about focusing on one part of life and telling about it.  Putting the focus on New Orleans is a perfectly legitimate choice.


The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund recently announced its first round of grants for 2006 with 14 feature-length documentary films receiving a total of $605,000. Dedicated to supporting U.S. and international documentary films that focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, civil liberties, and exploring critical issues of our time, the Fund was established at Sundance Institute in 2002 with a gift from the Open Society Institute and is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation. The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund grants are announced twice a year and since its inception at the Institute, the Fund has disbursed almost $4 million to 113 projects.

Click here for the full Cinema Minima article by Cyndia Greening. (Found via AltFG)