Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) has published an article written by Stripped for Parts director Rick Goldsmith, detailing Alden Global Capital’s plundering of what is left of America’s newspapers, and the journalists who are fighting back.
“What to Do About Hedge Funds in Journalism?”is a panel discussion and documentary film fundraiser that addresses the question: What can we do when billionaires with no background nor interest in a civic mission, who are only concerned with profiteering, take over our most influential news organizations?
That question is at the center of Rick Goldsmith’s film-in-progress, Stripped for Parts: American Journalism at the Crossroads, the story of a secretive hedge fund that is plundering what is left of America’s newspapers, and the journalists who are fighting back.
The panelists for our discussion include Stripped for Parts‘ director Rick Goldsmith, a two-time Academy-Award-nominated filmmaker; two journalists, Julie Reynolds and Chuck Plunkett, who play outsized roles in our story; and Robert McChesney, the founder of the media reform organization Free Press. The panel will be moderated by Dan Brekke, KQED (SF) News reporter and editor.
Click here to donate to Rick Goldsmith’s film-in-progress, Stripped for Parts: American Journalism at the Crossroads.
We invite you to join us on April 14, 2022 for what promises to be an important and compelling discussion about local journalism in peril, and to contribute what you can to help bring this film to completion. The video of the event will be viewable after April 14.
On March 22 director Rick Goldsmith was on Instagram Live with Alec Baldwin to discuss his film-in-progress, Stripped for Parts: American Journalism at the Crossroads. Itis the story of one secretive hedge fund that is plundering what is left of America’s newspapers and the journalists who are fighting back. Watch their full conversation here:
The festival, an invitation-only event, was co-founded and is hosted by Chaz Ebert. It will take place April 19-23, 2017 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois.
MIND/GAME will join 12 other films, including the beloved 1979 musical HAIR directed by Milos Forman; the 2016 documentary, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; and 1990’s To Sleep with Anger starring Danny Glover and directed by Charles Burnett. Ebertfest is a special event of Roger Ebert’s alma mater, the University of Illinois College of Media. Films are chosen from lists Roger Ebert drew up over the first 15 years of the festival, as well as others selected by Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn, based on the late film critic’s established criteria.
Both Rick and Chamique will be in present to attend the MIND/GAME screening and to accept the “Golden Thumb” award, presented to all invited guests of the festival.
MIND/GAME‘s screening is sponsored by the Alliance for Inclusion and Respect, an organization that embodies the four principles this year’s EbertFest is dedicated to – the principles of empathy, compassion, kindness and forgiveness—principles Roger believed cinema could generate.
In his review, Matt Fagerholm called MIND/GAME “an inspiring portrait of an extraordinary female warrior” and said that “The open-ended quality of the film’s ending is entirely appropriate since Ms Holdsclaw’s story is far from over. I cannot wait for the sequel.”
WinterFest 2017 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco presented the ultra-relevant documentary, “All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone” directed by Fred Peabody on Sunday, March 5. The film profiles investigative journalists like Amy Goodman, Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald, along with progressive thinkers from Noam Chomsky to Michael Moore, in a look at the changing role of investigative journalism in today’s political climate.
After the film, Academy-Award nominated local filmmaker Rick Goldsmith moderated a panel of esteemed Bay Area journalists, David Talbot, founder of the online news site SALON; Rose Aguilar of KALW’s Your Call; and Norman Solomon, founder of the Institute for Public Accuracy, in a discussion of the issues contemporary journalists face.
Dresdner Friedenspreis (2016 Dresden Peace Prize) awarded to Daniel Ellsberg
February, 2016—Dresden, Germany
Edward Snowden: I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that without a Daniel Ellsberg there could not have been an Edward Snowden….
Dan and I have an interesting history, because we’ve debated back and forth across a numbers of issues, but there is something about his inspiration to me which is not very well-known:
The film that you have recently watched, The Most Dangerous Man in America, is one that I myself watched– but it wasn’t this year or the year before, it was in 2012, the year before I came forward. And his example, seeing what he did, seeing the choices that he faced, seeing how he struggled with the same, sort of, moral complexities that I myself was unable to resolve, helped me see that there was a model that was established, that had come from people who had come before–at different levels, at higher levels, even more deeply embedded in matters of government understanding– and they came to the conclusion that it is not enough to recognize that something is wrong, it is not enough to simply raise a complaint. We have not just the right, but the moral obligation, to ourselves and our societies, if we have the capability to do something, to achieve a positive result, for our families and the futures of our countries. (applause)
We would like to send our love to the family and extended Lady Vols family of Pat Summitt, the legendary women’s head basketball coach from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This family includes the 161 players she mentored and coached throughout her dynamic 38-year career. She remains the all-time winningest Division 1 basketball coach in NCAA history.
Summitt passed away on Tuesday, June 28, after a five-year battle with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Type. She was loved and well respected for the battles she fought both on and off the court–all a reflection of her characteristic ferocity, dignity and a true desire to uplift women in sports and beyond.
“It takes that one person that you see living their lives that gives you the confidence to truly be who you are.” -Chamique Holdsclaw
In light of all that has happened in over the past month, it is important to acknowledge the people who provide positive examples of love, light, strength and perseverance.
Last week at its 3rd annual Trailblazer Honors event, LOGO paid tribute to the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando and honored several champions of equality for the LGBT community–among them, legendary athlete Billie Jean King and actor Harvey Fierstein.
Chamique Holdsclaw was also present at the awards, with her fiance, Cara Wright, who we have enjoyed getting to know.
We are proud of and grateful to Chamique for all that she has accomplished and all that she has shared with us and the rest of the world on her personal journey, as both a mental health advocate and increasingly vocal LGBT rights spokesperson.
Congratulations for being a wonderful role model in so many ways and best wishes to you and Cara for a wonderful life together.
Our thoughts are with Orlando, the LGBT community, and the mental health community. Thank you to the many friends, family members, and mental health professionals taking care of those who are suffering and helping them find their paths to healing.