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A Most Dangerous Word PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 10:08

Amish reaction to a school shooting in their community Near the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, spiritual-documentary filmmaker Martin Doblmeier conducted a survey on his Web site (http://www.journeyfilms.com). He asked whether people supported constructing a "garden of forgiveness" at Ground Zero in New York City.

Thousands of votes later, the results were overwhelming: Roughly 95 percent of respondents said "no."

 
Appeal Beyond History: Filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle Document Iowa’s Forgotten Past PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 02:34

Reader issue #653 In 1989, area natives Kelly and Tammy Rundle moved to Los Angeles in the hopes of jump-starting their movie-making careers, armed with little more than a title for their nascent production company: Fourth Wall Films.

And in the spring of 2007, after the release of their first, mostly self-financed feature, and with a second film nearing completion, the married couple took the next logical step.

They moved back here.

 
Blather, Wince, Repeat: Few Moments of Levity in 2007's Dull, Embarrassing Oscarcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 27 February 2007 05:26

Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast began spectacularly, with a priceless montage by documentarian Errol Morris, and ended even more spectacularly, with richly-merited awards bestowed upon Martin Scorsese and his film, The Departed.

So what the hell happened in the middle?

 
Oscar Wild: Random Wackiness – and Historic Achievements – in 2007’s Academy Awards Race PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:39

Reader issue #622What, exactly, is going on this year?

When the Academy Award nominations were announced in January and Dreamgirls found itself shut out of the Best Picture race, the news was something of a surprise, as the film was widely considered a shoo-in. The bigger shock, though, came from realizing that the snubbed musical still received more nominations than any other film - eight in all - and the last time a film led in Oscar nominations without a corresponding Best Picture nod was ... well, never.

But the Oscar weirdness didn't end there.

 
You Are Their "Sunshine": 2007 Oscar Predictions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:36

The following are the nominations for the 2007 Academy Awards, scheduled to air on ABC affiliate WQAD-TV at 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 25. If all goes the way I think it will (ha ha!), the winner of the most Oscars - a whopping three - will, for the first time ever, be a foreign-language film, and the Best Picture winner will have received the same amount of Oscars as the Best Documentary Feature winner. (That this is even a possibility marks this as a zany-ass year.)

 
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