Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sundance Films: Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech

Title: Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech
Director: Liz Garbus
Website: No website found
Potential Major Release Date: No known release dates beyond Sundance

Summary: Filmmaker Liz Garbus sheds light on the current state of free speech in America in this documentary, which examines the increase in First Amendment cases generated by both liberals and conservatives in the wake of 9/11. Reflecting on contemporary and historical cases -- including The New York Times's battle to publish the Pentagon Papers -- Garbus explores how fear of an outside enemy has frequently turned Americans against each other (NetFlix).

Thoughts: I’m intrigued by the concept of this documentary, but I have to place it up there with films that (due to their subject matter) could easily sink or swim. There’s very little middle ground for Liz Garbus’ work. It could either serve as a great source of dialogue and debate, or could come across as preachy and forgettable. She’s helmed her fair share of films, but none of them have been major successes.

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