Friday, January 26, 2007

Loosers In the Guardian

In a rather oddball article which focuses on the film's marketing.

There's a futility to arguing with them that even they recognise. "You can't stop this, you can't hold us back," Jason says. "Many outlets have tried to ignore us, but in the end they are all forced to listen to us because their viewers are demanding it." He is right. The exponential growth of Loose Change is gradually forcing the film on the mainstream media. Though it began as an internet phenomenon, its biggest spikes have come, significantly, after the film gained airplay on old media platforms such as Air America and Pacifica radio stations, local Fox TV outlets and on stations around the world, including state outlets in Belgium, Ireland and Portugal. So far though, no British channel has been rash - or as the film-makers would see it, brave - enough to bite.

"This is unlike anything I have worked on," says Tim Sparke of MercuryMedia, which handles international distribution for the film. "It has forced millions of people to question whether they can trust big media, and by bypassing the broadcasters through internet distribution it has altered the media power balance profoundly. With a little money and passion, anyone can make an important film."

The final test for Avery and co is yet to come. They are putting together Loose Change: the Final Cut using an upgraded Power Mac G5 (price $5,000). They have filmed original interviews with Washington players, employed lawyers to iron out copyright issues with borrowed footage, commissioned 3D graphics from Germany, and recruited a theology professor to act as fact-checker and consultant. The end result, they hope, will be seen at Cannes and have a cinema release in America and across the world on the sixth anniversary of 9/11.


Of course there is the usual contradiction between "don't trust the media" and "look at this TV clip" that suffuses Loose Change and much of the 9-11 Denial Movement.

18 Comments:

At 26 January, 2007 08:15, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He (Avery) began toying with the idea of a fictional work that would explore the fantasy that 9/11 hadn't been carried out by 19 Arabs with box-cutters, but by the American government as an attack on the minds of its own people. At that point, he was writing pure fiction. But as he began researching September 11 for background to the story, he began to come across evidence that made him change direction."


That is like researching the band "Spinal Tap" for the movie "This is Spinal Tap" and actually believing the movie to be a true documentary.

 
At 26 January, 2007 08:36, Blogger Swing Dangler said...

Warning Off Topic Comment

For those that still believe or lie calling the North America Union is a myth, there has now been legistlation intorducted in Congress to prevent that so called myth from taking shape.
Again, please stop lying to your readers in regards to this issue.

United States Representative Virgil H. Goode, Jr.
(R-VA-5th District)
1-24-7

Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System or enter into a North... (Introduced in House)


HCON 40 IH

110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. CON. RES. 40

Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System or enter into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 22, 2007

Mr. GOODE (for himself, Mr. WAMP, Mr. JONES of North Carolina, Mr. PAUL, Mr. STEARNS, Mr. DUNCAN, and Ms. FOXX) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System or enter into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada.

Whereas the United States Departments of State, Commerce, and Homeland Security participated in the formation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) on March 23, 2005, representing a tri-lateral agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico designed, among other things, to facilitate common regulatory schemes between these countries;

Whereas reports issued by the SPP indicate that it has implemented regulatory changes among the three countries that circumvent United States trade, transportation, homeland security, and border security functions and that the SPP will continue to do so in the future;

Whereas the actions taken by the SPP to coordinate border security by eliminating obstacles to migration between Mexico and the United States actually makes the United States-Mexico border less secure because Mexico is the primary source country of illegal immigrants into the United States;

Whereas according to the Department of Commerce, United States trade deficits with Mexico and Canada have significantly increased since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA);

Whereas the economic and physical security of the United States is impaired by the potential loss of control of its borders attendant to the full operation of NAFTA and the SPP;

Whereas the regulatory and border security changes implemented and proposed by the SPP violate and threaten United States sovereignty;

Whereas a NAFTA Superhighway System from the west coast of Mexico through the United States and into Canada has been suggested as part of a North American Union to facilitate trade between the SPP countries;

Whereas the State of Texas has already begun planning of the Trans-Texas Corridor, a major multi-modal transportation project beginning at the United States-Mexico border, which would serve as an initial section of a NAFTA Superhighway System;

Whereas it could be particularly difficult for Americans to collect insurance from Mexican companies which employ Mexican drivers involved in accidents in the United States, which would likely increase the insurance rates for American drivers;

Whereas future unrestricted foreign trucking into the United States can pose a safety hazard due to inadequate maintenance and inspection, and can act collaterally as a conduit for the entry into the United States of illegal drugs, illegal human smuggling, and terrorist activities; and

Whereas a NAFTA Superhighway System would likely include funds from foreign consortiums and be controlled by foreign management, which threatens the sovereignty of the United States: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That--

(1) the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System;

(2) the United States should not allow the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) to implement further regulations that would create a North American Union with Mexico and Canada; and

(3) the President of the United States should indicate strong opposition to these acts or any other proposals that threaten the sovereignty of the United States.

 
At 26 January, 2007 08:45, Blogger troy said...

Jon Conner and his band of twits are planning a phone jam of Michael Savage's radio program this evening. They tried it with Sean Hannity last week.

Here's a myspace message I sent him....

Troy from WV warns Michael Savage

Just got off the phone. Called the 800 number. Thanks for posting it. The Mancow show was on. I told the call screener about what's planned for tonite with Savage. Told him about what you loser goofballs attempted to do with the great American, Sean Hannity, last week. Gave him your goofy website address for verification. He was very appreciative.

Sorry for spoiling your fun, ya nutball.

Maybe you and your followers can film yourselves jaywalking instead. That's an activity sane people engage in you know. Filming themselves jaywalking.

Peace out, looney tune.

 
At 26 January, 2007 08:50, Blogger James B. said...

and recruited a theology professor to act as fact-checker and consultant.

They are hiring David Ray Griffin as a fact checker? That is like hiring Andy Fastow as a business ethics monitor.

 
At 26 January, 2007 08:51, Blogger James B. said...

For those that still believe or lie calling the North America Union is a myth, there has now been legistlation intorducted in Congress to prevent that so called myth from taking shape.


So. Dennis Kucinich introduced a bill banning the use of mind control sattelites, that doesn't mean those exist either.

 
At 26 January, 2007 09:14, Blogger Avery Dylan said...

Like hey man, I mean,

"You can't stop this, you can't hold us back,"
That's like Jason after beans.

Man, Jason is my hero!

 
At 26 January, 2007 09:55, Blogger James B. said...

Five years ago, Rowe joined the army because he had nothing better to do and he'd heard the golf was good at training camp.

Just how dumb are these people?

 
At 26 January, 2007 10:01, Blogger Alex said...

Hehe. I wish that the Kucinich bill had gone through. Just to see what excuse all those freaks used then.

 
At 26 January, 2007 10:54, Blogger PhilBiker said...

recruited a theology professor to act as fact-checker and consultant

Bwaahh ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

 
At 26 January, 2007 11:45, Blogger Simon Lazarus said...

and recruited a theology professor to act as fact-checker and consultant.

Next, they will employ a dishwasher from a major NY restaurant to be their test subject as to how people jumped 100 stories to their deaths.

 
At 26 January, 2007 12:55, Blogger Alex said...

Why not. They've already got a janitor from the WTC pretending to be a controlled demolition expert, and an ambassador.

 
At 26 January, 2007 19:12, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...

So they have David Ray Griffin as their fact checker....oh dear lord.

And what happened to "In theatres in March". Now it is September 07.

As for Cannes, all info I get is that they cannot qualify with a documentary. I suppose they could enter it as narrative fiction, since it is closer to this than a documentary...lol

TAM

 
At 26 January, 2007 19:38, Blogger ConsDemo said...

Rowe extracted himself from the military in 2005...

Usually if they leave honorably, they just say they were discharged. I wonder how Korey got out. Did he proposition his CO? Take up a drug habit? Start molesting farm animals?

 
At 27 January, 2007 08:53, Blogger Triterope said...

As for Cannes, all info I get is that they cannot qualify with a documentary.

Of course they can -- Fahrenheit 9/11 won the big prize at Cannes a couple years ago.

However, LC runs afoul of some other Cannes regulations:

Only films that meet the following conditions may be chosen for invitation in the Official Selection:

1. Films that have been produced during the twelve months preceding the Festival.
Dunno if Cannes would buy the notion of "Loose Change Final Copy Seventh Revision Mark II" as being an entirely new film.

2. Films that have not been released anywhere other than their country of origin. Despite Irish TV dumping LC, it's been shown on TV in other countries. I believe New Zealand is one.

4. Films that have not been exhibited on Internet. Obviously, this is a fatal blow.

There's also a "Cinefondation" category for film schools... but we all know why Dylan Avery can't compete in that category.

So, no, Loose Change will not be appearing at Cannes, unless he somehow manages to get into one of the side events they hold for the peons, like Aaron Russo did with his laughable anti-tax screed, America: From Freedom to Fascism.

 
At 31 January, 2007 10:06, Blogger Swing Dangler said...

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At 31 January, 2007 10:07, Blogger Swing Dangler said...

Dam, James B, you are truly in a state of denial.

I'm pretty sure you would have been one of those Germans in the local village swearing up and down that the Nazi's were not killing vast numbers of people in the death camps nearby but they were just burning garbage.

Or is that the type of education you have been getting at your University? Denier 101: How to look a fact straight in the face and deny it!

 
At 31 January, 2007 10:11, Blogger Swing Dangler said...

So. Dennis Kucinich introduced a bill banning the use of mind control sattelites, that doesn't mean those exist either.

Again, ya idiot, the legistlation was passed to prevent the formation of a N.A. Union. Whereas your example states bans the 'use' of mind control sattelites implying that they already exist. What are the requirements to attend the University you supposedly go to?

 
At 02 February, 2007 00:34, Blogger Alex said...

Hah. I think when you guys called Swing Dumpster "the dumbest motherfucker in the world", you were being overly generous.

 

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