Hollywood on the Potomac
For three days, Washingtonians were treated to a series of investigative films shown at The National Portrait Gallery. The Double Exposure event showcased the best films inspired by investigative journalism with a symposium for working journalists and filmmakers across a variety of genres and platforms. The timeliness of the event comes on the heels of difficult circumstances in current newsrooms as regards the rights of journalists and visual storytellers who are challenged on nearly every level—legally, financially, logistically and in terms of safety. “And despite their common ground, journalists and filmmakers often remain strangers to each other. They tend to operate in distinct silos within their own ecosystems, missing out on the critical opportunity to interact and engage in an exchange of ideas, resources, and best practices.” Double Exposure
Hollywood on the Potomac previously reported on one of these films from the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in Canada so we won’t go into much detail other than to bring you an interesting discussion of “All Governments Lie” – LIE being a word that is no longer acceptable in newsrooms.
It took two Canadian prize-winning filmmakers – Emmy award winning director Fred Peabody and producer Peter Raymont – to reach across the border to interview some of the best USA investigative reporters who followed the principles and spirit of I. F. Stone, Washington, DC’s feisty and legendary one-man wrecking ball investigative reporter. The results ended up at the Toronto International Film Festival as a documentary called All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone, partly based on prolific journalist and author Myra MacPherson’s All Governments Lie: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone. MacPherson joined panelists Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!; Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!; Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone; Jeff Cohen, Ithaca College and Fred Peabody.
“For decades, maverick American journalist I.F. Stone took on the powers that be — from Red-baiting fearmonger Joe McCarthy to Lyndon Johnson to Ronald Reagan — in the pages of the tiny publication I.F. Stone’s Weekly (and later in the New York Review of Books and The Nation), most of it typed, two-finger style, by Stone himself. Working without the “access” to those in power so prized by establishment journalists, Stone took on the system regardless of personal risk. In All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone, Fred Peabody pays tribute to Stone’s work and looks at those who carry on his legacy today.” Democracy Now!
Written by guest contributor Linda Roth
The Roof Terrace at The Kennedy Center hosted the inaugural Collaborate America Awards, the nation’s first recognition program to acknowledge and honor event strategists and organizations. The September 27 event was also the launch of The Roof Terrace as a daytime conference center, managed by CxRA.
David Adler, Co-chair of Collaborate America and CEO of BizBash, the ultimate collaborator, came up with the idea of these awards to recognize unsung heroes who are masters at collaboration. “What better place to honor excellence in our various vertical market industries – especially in the arts – than atop one of DC’s most iconic venues? These honorees understand the art and science of bringing people together to solve problems and ultimately change the world,” said Adler.