Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sundance Films: Reporter

Title: Reporter
Director: Eric Daniel Metzgar
Potential Major Release Date: No known release date beyond Sundance

Summary: Filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar tracks New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007, where the Pulitzer Prize winner seeks to draw international attention to the war-torn country's humanitarian crisis. Metzgar's thoughtful documentary reflects on the current crisis in journalism, with sophisticated reporting being pushed to the margins as fly-by-night bloggers dominate the news cycle (NetFlix).

Thoughts: Hands down the best trailer I've seen for a documentary in years and I went from being mildly interested to praying it comes to theaters soon. Director Eric Daniel Metzgar clearly knows how to make an important film interesting to everyday citizens, far removed from the conflict plaguing the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite this being only his third feature length documentary, Metzgar shows style, insight and expertise in this trailer and I have no doubt that it will undoubtedly carry over to his film. I have another early nomination for the 2010 Oscars.

(interesting side note: Ben Affleck is the executive producer)

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