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Alex Gibney: Going Clear

Discussion in 'Media' started by DeathHamster, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

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  2. Vanity Fair: Alex Gibney, Director of Going Clear, Awarded First Hitchens Prize for Journalism

    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/10/alex-gibney-christopher-hitchens-prize

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    The award was established to honor the ideals of the late Vanity Fair correspondent Christopher Hitchens.

    BY TINA NGUYEN

    Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has been named the inaugural recipient of the Hitchens Prize, an annual award established in memory of Christopher Hitchens, the renowned author, journalist, and longtime Vanity Fair contributor who died in 2011 after a battle with esophageal cancer.

    Created by the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, the Hitchens Prize will grant $50,000 each year to writers and journalists who embody the qualities of its namesake: “a commitment to free expression and inquiry, a range and depth of intellect, and a willingness to pursue the truth without regard to personal or professional consequence."

    Gibney has often worked in that mold. His documentaries include the Enron exposé Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, which examined America's use of torture in the post-9/11 conflicts. He recently won several Emmys for his HBO film Going Clear, a damning investigation into the Church of Scientology.

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  3. Incredulicide Member

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  4. Ersatz Global Moderator

    I don't even know where to begin with how much is wrong with this statement. Not obsessed with awards? Don't tell the IAS that. And isn't saying he can dish it out but he can't take it an admission of guilt?
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  5. Random guy Member

    Doing more of the same...
  6. All of it is 'provable bullshit', and reveals so much more than was intended, in its own childish way.

    Is the CoS accusing members of the Academy of lying?

    Reminds me of Tommy Davis' rant about how the beatings at Int Base were all lies, and that it was Marty who dished out the beatings, 'not once, not twice, but fifty times...'.

    It's no wonder the crooks hardly respond any longer. Every time they open their traps with anything more than a denial, they confirm what they're accused of.
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  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology turns tables on documentary maker by making secret film about him 'and targeting Academy voters' in bid to stop him winning an Oscar
    • Alex Gibney, director of Going Clear, said campaign against him intensified
    • Emmy-winning film, which debuted in March, could also win an Oscar
    • Academy members involved in voting process allegedly contacted
    • Scientology magazine writer reportedly solicited interviews about Gibney
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ng-Academy-voters-bid-stop-winning-Oscar.html
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  8. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Of course the members of the Academy will respond to pressure......
    They get pressure every year from organizations with lots of $$ and power. This is gonna backfire. Scientology is so out of touch if they think this will be effective- truly amazing for a business in Hollywood.
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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    I agree. They will likely be offended by this. It will be pretty obvious.
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  10. anon8109 Member

    If I know how the Scientology corporation operates, it will gather as much information about the academy members as possible in order to find any weakness. They've probably already put a large team of PIs, OSA operatives, and volunteers on it.

    The company will first try to convince someone close to an academy member, whether by bribery or blackmail, to talk to their friend in the academy and convince them not to nominate Going Clear. If that fails to work they will try to blackmail the academy member directly.

    The academy needs to be informed on how the cult's dirty tricks work so as to see them coming.
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  11. Heey look Tom Cruise with an Award !


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  12. anon8109 Member

    Alex Gibney being stalked by the Scientology corporation at a screening of his film about Steve Jobs in LA Sep. 28 2015. Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, host of Turner Movies.

    Published on Oct 10, 2015
    Members of the Church of Scientology question Alex Gibney, director of the documentary film "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief." The event was an International Documentary Association Q&A with director Alex Gibney about his body of work and his new documentary "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine."

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  13. LOL !

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  14. anon8109 Member

    Going Clear is now available on DVD through Netflix, though not for streaming.
  15. Quentinanon Member

    Clearly, the osabots are Fair Gaming Alex Gibney as Hubbard commanded, "Of course, ruin them utterly if you can."
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  16. Austin American-Statesman: Scientology's smear campaign against HBO's 'Going Clear'

    http://www.mystatesman.com/news/new...-smear-campaign-against-hbos-going-cle/nnzhx/

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    And whether these reported incidents have any influence over the 221 voting members in the Academy's documentary branch stands to be seen. Gibney has been nominated for an Oscar twice and won in 2008 for his doc "Taxi to the Dark Side," which looks into America's torture practices in the Middle East.

    One thing is for sure, though: The attempts to dissuade the Academy from giving the Oscar to Gibney are the same reasons people have developed such an interest in the religion, so the church's efforts may still help Gibney more than hurt him.

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  17. Quentinanon Member

    The three Academy members who the osabots did contact are likely those the investigation section came up with as "opinion leaders" who were further surveyed for positive and negative "buttons". The positive buttons would be used to describe scientology and the negative buttons used against Alex Gibney. This smear is strategic in nature, in that the purpose is not only to "ruin utterly" Alex Gibney, but, in Hubbard's words, "put a head on a pike" to scare off anyone in the future who may want to do a documentary on scientology. I think the actions of the cult strongly and publicly confirm everything in Wright's book and Gibney's documentary, so this will recoil on the cult for many years to follow.
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    Hell Hath No Fury Like a Church of Scientology Scorned

    As you may have noticed, we are on the verge of that annual period of blood-letting known universally as Oscar Nomination Time. Nominations for 2015 films open December 30th and close on January 8th, 2016.

    In the meantime, at least one film has provoked what is being termed a ‘smear campaign.’

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Church of Scientology really doesn’t want Alex Gibney to win an Oscar for his documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

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    http://www.ryot.org/hell-hath-no-fury-like-a-church-of-scientology-scorned/944770
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  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    This is from Connecticut:

    Controversial religion examined

    The New Perspectives Film Series shines a light on Scientology with the screening of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Award-winning documentary director Alex Gibney examines the controversial church with interviews from eight ex-Scientologists.

    The film ignited heated debate to the point where the church took out full-page ads denouncing its credibility, ensuring more people would see the film due to the publicity. The consensus from film review website aggregator Rotten Tomatoes was, “Thoroughly disquieting but impossible to ignore, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a searing investigative work from a master documentarian.” The film, produced by HBO, received three Emmys in 2015, including Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special, Writing for Nonfiction Programming and Direction for Nonfiction Programming.

    Suggested donation for the viewing is $5 per person. The New Perspectives Film Series is moderated and programmed by Megan Smith-Harris, a documentary filmmaker and editor of Wilton Magazine who lives in Wilton. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

    http://www.wiltonbulletin.com/54953/library-lines-oct-15/
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  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    This is from the University of Portsmouth in the UK:

    Television review: Going Clear: ‘Scientology And The Prison Of Belief’ | The Galleon

    Last three paragraphs:

    Scientology as a whole has been a massively debated issue. With members of the ‘religion’ being swindled out of hundreds, thousands and, in some cases, millions of dollars, Scientology has become the centre of much controversy. Director, Gibney does a brilliant job of raising the issue of whether it is a business or a religion. By utilising some of the defectors from the religion, most notably Sara Goldberg who was at the level of ‘OT Eight’ when she left in 2013, Gibney portrays the bizarre lives that people in Scientology lead.

    The filmography of Going Clear is something that Gibney should be proud of. It is a basic interviewee telling their story, or providing their answer to a given question. But the important thing about Gibney’s films is that you wouldn’t need to ask who made it, you would know purely from the lighting and the focus on the subject.

    The point of a documentary is to document, with the use of a film, a particular subject – or in this case, religion. Gibney, with the help of Lawrence Wright, does this in an interesting and very thought provoking way. The fact of the matter is, he takes Scientology and its founder’s story, begins at the start and then provides explanations from people who are more than reliable sources – one was even a spokesperson for the religion. Going Clear, is nothing short of direct and detailed.

    http://www.galleonnews.com/2015/10/...g-clear-scientology-and-the-prison-of-belief/
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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    ‘Going Clear’ gets a French edition!

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, October 21, 2015

    Another update from our man in Paris:

    Paris publishing house Piranha Editions, which only set up shop last year, is busy promoting the French edition of Lawrence Wright’s book Going Clear. They brought it out on October 1, just in time to do some cross-promotion with Alex Gibney’s documentary of the same name.

    Gibney’s Going Clear (version française) will be broadcast on November 11 on France’s Canal+ as we reported here last month. That probably means however that it will only be available to a limited audience, as most of their output is encrypted for subscribers. Undeterred, Piranha has been promoting links to the French-subtitled trailer.

    Swiss newspaper Le Temps has already run a sympathetic review of the French edition of the book. Another review, in the French news weekly Le Point, looks positive too, but it’s behind a firewall. Put it this way: Piranha is using the quote from reviewer Thomas Mahler — “An implacable and captivating investigation” — as part of its campaign.

    Piranha is also offering copies as prizes in a competition on its Facebook page: really easy questions for Bunker regulars. Even if you don’t need a French edition however, I’m sure they’d appreciate a few “likes.”

    — Jonny Jacobsen

    Source:
    http://tonyortega.org/2015/10/21/la...tology-religion-gambit-on-eve-of-key-hearing/
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    Desperate to hurt Going Clear‘s Oscar chances, Scientology goes down a dangerous path

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, November 7, 2015

    We’re still jonesing for the next issue of Scientology’s propaganda magazine, Freedom, which completely missed putting out an issue in October. The magazine had been chugging along with monthly issues after it was retooled and relaunched in July 2014 with a new, very earnest focus on issues of the day rather than goofy attacks on Scientology’s critics.

    Did David Miscavige finally realize, after assembling what was probably a very expensive staff of editors and writers pretending to be doing actual journalism, that no one was reading this stuff? Well, we found it really amusing, anyway. And we hope a November issue shows up.

    While we were at the magazine’s website, we checked to see if there was anything new on the special page where Scientology collects its attacks on Alex Gibney and the people in his film Going Clear. It turns out there was yet another new video calling Gibney names and accusing his film of ignoring Scientology’s glorious expansion and good works. But we’re glad we forced ourselves to sit through the whole thing, because in the second half, the new video goes after someone Scientology normally pretends doesn’t exist.

    And that’s L. Ron Hubbard’s second wife, Sara Northrup.

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    http://tonyortega.org/2015/11/07/de...ances-scientology-goes-down-a-dangerous-path/
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  26. failboat Member

    Hollywood's Most Dangerous Documentarians on Death Threats, Scientology and "Staging" Reality

    By Gregg Kilday and Stephen Galloway
    9:00am PT | November 12, 2015
    "One thing I've learned is that the person who wants to hurt you does not send you a note in advance," says Michael Moore, as he gathers with five other outspoken top directors — Alex Gibney, Amy Berg, Kirby Dick, Liz Garbus and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi — for THR's Documentary Roundtable.

    This story first appeared in a special awards season issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    What is truth? That question was at the center of a heated debate among some of the most admired documentary filmmakers of our times during a roundtable that took place Oct. 29 in New York City — and their answers weren't always what you might expect. Truth and facts aren't necessarily the same thing, one argued; and "staging" reality might be OK in the service of a deeper truth, said another. Oscar winners Alex Gibney, 62 (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine), and Michael Moore, 61 (Where to Invade Next, which looks at progressivism abroad), were joined by Amy Berg, 45 (Janis: Little Girl Blue, a Joplin biography, and Prophet's Prey, an investigation into the Warren Jeffs cult), Kirby Dick, 63 (The Hunting Ground, about campus rape), Liz Garbus, 45 (What Happened, Miss Simone?, which traces Nina Simone's career), and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 36 (Meru, a mountaineering thriller), in a conversation that ranged historically from Shakespeare's Henry V to Margaret Thatcher and geographically from a Himalayan mountain range to the halls of the Pentagon.


    Main story continued here - http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/hollywoods-dangerous-documentarians-death-threats-838627



    Alex Gibney: "All of Us Can Be Captured by a Kind of 'Prison of Belief'"
    by Annie Howard
    11/12/2015 9:35am PST
    "You think anybody who would be involved in that has got to be a wing nut," says Gibney of Scientology. "I met all these people who had left and they were so smart, perceptive, empathetic."

    "The surprise was, it ended up being a kind of journey into understanding the prison of belief," says Going Clear director Alex Gibney on his provocative film on the inner workings of Scientology. "You think of Scientology, you think anybody who would be involved in that has got to be a wing nut. I met all these people who had left and they were so smart, perceptive, empathetic.

    "All of us can fall into a belief system that suddenly persuades us to do things that we might otherwise find appalling," he says of the film's ability to invoke deep empathy in the audience to understand how or why a person may become involved with something such as Scientology.
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    The full Documentary Roundtable will air on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. ET on Sundance TV.

    Continued here, with 3-minute video - http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/alex-gibney-all-us-can-838815
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  27. french broadcasting last nite was good I will be be looking at the ratings articles are quite good
  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Going Clear is currently being shown at a theater in Budapest.

    Fresh Film In Budapest: 'Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison of Belief'

    http://www.xpatloop.com/news/82740/
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  29. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scenes from the divorce of the second marriage that L. Ron Hubbard never had

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, November 21, 2015

    As you can probably imagine, things here in the Underground Bunker are rather hectic, and in order for a new story to pop up every day, a lot happens behind the scenes that doesn’t necessarily get reflected in what we present to our readers.

    Just yesterday, for example, we had one completed story ready for you, and another mostly sketched out, and then we had to toss both of them in the trash as conditions changed. Ay, carumba. The drama. But it was still a good day — we had a lovely dinner with one of our most famous sources, who happened to be in town. Much gossip was exchanged, and if we can ultimately share any of it with you, we definitely will.

    Most of our sources, like our dining companion last night, are a joy to work with. Others can be a little exasperating — which is completely normal and we’re not complaining. Well, maybe a little. There’s this one person, for example, who has been driving us batty for several years now.

    This person has some really excellent researching skills, and has managed to get his hands on fascinating historic L. Ron Hubbard documents that had eluded others. But he’s always very mysterious about it, and puts us through a lot of rigmarole before he’ll show us what’s in his collection. Last year, he stopped the shenanigans long enough to share with us something really cool. It was a heretofore unknown document showing that L. Ron Hubbard’s first wife, Polly Grubb, had accused him of being a deadbeat dad.

    That story went so well, we hoped that it would start a trend. But our source receded again, and has only given us hints and more of the runaround. But then, suddenly, earlier this week, he got creative. He crafted his own website and suddenly made a small collection of legal records public which document the divorce between Hubbard and his second wife, Sara Northrup.

    He made it pretty plain that he was reacting to our story earlier this month about how Scientology, in its latest smear video against Alex Gibney, had besmirched Northrup, if not by name. As we explained in that story, Hubbard tried hard to erase Sara Northrup from his life, and claimed that he’d never married her or fathered her child, Alexis.

    There’s never been any doubt that he did both — press coverage in 1951 of their acrimonious split was voluminous — but our source, calling himself “Meepthorp” after the SNL “Neurotology” skit, decided it was a good time to post several really interesting legal documents from the divorce.

    We’ve collected them for you here, and we think you’ll have a fun time going through them. They show that Sara asked for Ron’s 1950 Lincoln, but she settled for $2,000 in cash instead, and her attorney got an additional $1,000 in fees.

    Hubbard at one point brings in Richard DeMille as his “corroborating witness” when he claims that he’s going to leave Wichita for good and head for Bremerton, and that’s why he needs to wrap things up quickly. (For Bare-Faced Messiah, Russell Miller interviewed DeMille, who admitted to helping Hubbard kidnap Alexis and abscond with her to Cuba. It’s a fascinating interview. )

    Ron was in a rush, and maybe the funniest thing in the documents is his filing for an emergency hearing:

    The up set marital status and relationship between [Sara] and [Ron] over the past several months has caused severe damage and injury to his health and piece of mind and unless an emergency is declared for trial in the above pending divorce action, [Ron] fears that he will suffer further nervous break down and impairment to health.

    And remember, this is in June of 1951, a full year after Hubbard had published Dianetics after solving the mystery of the human mind. Classic!

    In the final document, dated 1953, Hubbard files to have his monthly child support payment for Alexis reduced from $200, calling it exorbitant and excessive. As in the case with his previous marriage, we’d be shocked to learn he was paying anything at all.

    Dig in and let us know what other fun stuff you find in these documents:

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    http://tonyortega.org/2015/11/21/sc...second-marriage-that-l-ron-hubbard-never-had/
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  30. 12/2 8pm New York: Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright discuss Scientology, more.

    92nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association: Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright with Janice Min, moderator

    http://m.92y.org/Event/118900

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    Venue: Buttenwieser Hall

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Date: Wed, Dec 2, 2015, 8 pm

    Director Alex Gibney has been called “the most important documentarian of our time” (Esquire). His collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright has resulted in cinematic, gripping and deeply insightful documentaries including Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which was one of the most watched HBO documentaries of the past decade, and My Trip to Al-Qaeda, based on Lawrence’s bestselling book, The Looming Tower. They’ll discuss speaking truth to power with Hollywood Reporter and Billboard’s Janice Min.

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    http://m.92y.org/Performance/118901/Reserve

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    Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright with Janice Min

    Wed, Dec 2, 2015, 8 pm

    Buttenwieser Hall

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  31. anon8109 Member

    What better way to get Going Clear nominated, and maybe even win an award, is to go after the decision-makers, thus eliminating any doubts they may have had as to the way that David Miscavige harasses people as described in the film.

    I hope OSA sends an army of PIs and legal threats to the Oscar judges. That would seal the win.
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  32. The Wrong Guy Member

    What Led Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright to Confront Scientology With 'Going Clear'

    By Katie Wilson Berg, The Hollywood Reporter

    The Oscar-winning director and New Yorker writer, author of 'Going Clear,' sat down with The Hollywood Reporter's Janice Min to talk about their fascination with the church, the dangerous genius of L. Ron Hubbard and the time Scientology cured a case of hemorrhoids.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/what-led-alex-gibney-lawrence-845609
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  33. The Wrong Guy Member

    This was published by The Miami Hurricane, the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. The author, Rachel Berquist, is a senior majoring in English and psychology.

    Visit to Church of Scientology confirms its superficiality

    First paragraph:

    My fascination with Scientology began with the infamous South Park episode, “Trapped in the Closet,” and was recently reignited by the Emmy award-winning documentary, “Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief.” The film gives an extensive history of the formation of the church and includes interviews of former members who recall their harrowing experiences. One former member described being sent to a labor camp where she worked for 30 hours straight, ate table scraps, and was forbidden to see her infant daughter. Another former Scientologist reported being physically assaulted by the leader of the church, David Miscavigne, and being asked to harass people who were against the church. After hearing these stories of abuse, I wondered why people became involved with the church in the first place.

    Last two paragraphs:

    After the session concluded, the woman handed me a brochure for a seminar called, “How to Improve Relationships with Others.” It was a 10-hour program that cost $50. Although I was impressed with the woman’s ability to describe my personality, I was instantly reminded of why I despised this organization. My first day in the Church of Scientology, and they were already asking me for money.

    At the end of the day, the Church of Scientology isn’t about helping people; it’s about fooling people into meeting their bottom line. My experience with this organization showed me that we need to critically evaluate the groups that we associate ourselves with, or else we could become a victim of an organization that may claim to do good, but only brings about abuse and injustice.

    http://www.themiamihurricane.com/20...h-of-scientology-confirms-its-superficiality/
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  34. GibbousWaxing Member

    "Although I was impressed with the woman’s ability to describe my personality..."

    Cold reading ought to be taught in elementary schools. If everyone can do it, no one will be fooled by it.
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  35. Documentary Going Clear on Scientology wins 2016 DuPont-Columbia journalism award.

    The Denver Post: 2016 DuPont-Columbia awards honor new platforms

    http://blogs.denverpost.com/ostrow/tag/scientology/

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    By Joanne Ostrow

    Television Critic

    Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bruce Jenner, HBO’s documentary “Going Clear” on Scientology and WBEZ and “This American Life’s” podcast “Serial” are among the winners of the 2016 DuPont-Columbia journalism awards, announced today by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

    [SNIP]

    See the complete list.

    “Serial’s” award is the first for a podcast.

    They will be awarded Jan. 19 in a ceremony hosted by Tom Brokaw and ABC News Nightline anchor Juju Chang.

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  36. Columbia Journalism School: Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards

    http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/dupont

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    Announcing the 2016 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award Winners

    Public Broadcasting & Investigative Journalism Dominate New Platforms & Outlets Win: Serial, VICE News, Al Jazeera America

    #duPont2016

    New York, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2015 -- Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism is pleased to announce 16 winners of the 2016 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. The winners and one special finalist citation will be awarded at the January 19, 2016 award ceremony at Low Memorial Library.

    There are a number of firsts this year. Four news organizations will garner their first duPont Award, and there will be one new winning platform: podcasting. Both the record number of entries and the chosen winners reflect the year's most critical issues - civil rights, income inequality, international crises and a growing focus on the rights of transgender adults and children.

    Investigative journalism will be honored with eight awards across network and cable television, audio/radio, online, newspapers and local television stations, often in overlapping platforms. Four awards will go to local television news investigations; Cronkite News/Arizona PBS, KMOV-TV, WBAL-TV, WRAL-TV.

    Public broadcasting had another robust year with six awards for network longform hours (two for FRONTLINE), series (WETA), radio (WNYC) and multimedia (Arizona PBS). One award, for WBEZ and This American Life’s wildly popular “Serial,” will be the first duPont Award in the burgeoning field of podcasts.

    The broadcast networks will take home two duPonts; one each for ABC News and CBS News, while HBO will be honored with two awards. Al Jazeera America and VICE News will win their first duPont Awards. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will be honored for the first time for its digital environmental reporting, and Cronkite News/Arizona PBS will also win its first duPont for a student-professional partnership. This year, KCBS Radio will be awarded a special finalist citation.

    Tom Brokaw, special correspondent for NBC News, and ABC News Nightline Anchor Juju Chang will co-host the duPont Awards ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library, which will be livestreamed at bit.ly/cjslive.


    The 2016 duPont winners are:

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    HBO

    HBO Documentary Films in association with Sky Atlantic and Jigsaw Productions

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief


    A blockbuster feature length documentary exposé of Scientology challenged powerful interests head on.

    Director Alex Gibney builds on Producer Lawrence Wright's book of the same name to puncture the secrecy of the church of Scientology. The trip from the deluded fantasies of founder L. Ron Hubbard, detailed in film footage of his interviews and the recollections of his ex-wife, to an interview with a woman whose daughter was forced to "disconnect" with her because she'd left the church, is spellbinding. The feature length documentary grounds the story in interviews with formerly high-placed members of the church and includes disturbing footage of antagonistic church representatives intimidating those who left. The filmmakers themselves were under duress from the church, during and after the film was made. The production is outstanding, beautifully shot and edited. A groundbreaking film that was widely seen, it is sure to change the image of Scientology forever.

    Writer/Director, Alex Gibney; Sheila Nevins, Executive Producer; Sara Bernstein, Supervising Producer; Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, Kristen Vaurio, Producers; Chris Wilson, Executive Producer, Sky Atlantic

    Visit the website. Follow on Twitter @AlexGibneyFilm @HBO


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  37. Comic Bastards - Review: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    http://comicbastards.com/movies-tv/review-going-clear-scientology-and-the-prison-of-belief/

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    Over the next few weeks, I’ll be counting down my top 5 films of 2015. Here’s number 5, Alex Gibney’s extraordinary documentary on the “Church” of Scientology.

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    Despite focusing with laser precision on dodgy church practices, Gibney avoids sensationalism. The film’s tone is inquisative, Gibney is not necessarily aiming for headline grabbing revelations (though he gets some anyway), just to peek under the curtain to try and find out what really happens inside one of the world’s most secretive organisation. The worrying thing is, there’s almost certainly a lot more about it we don’t know. There’s not really much to criticise about the film, which is perfectly pitched and doesn’t feel overlong despite the running time. It’s a bit of shame they could not get interviews with any current church members, but as a title card at the end explains, they all either declined or ignored requests to participate.

    Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief is compelling – if sometimes horrying – viewing, and easily one of the best films of 2015, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Unless you’re David Miscavage.

    * * * * * END CONCLUSION * * * * *
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