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The Invisible War Blows Away the LAFF

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering‘s brilliant documentary on the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military The Invisible War had a free screening this weekend at the LA Film Festival–and blew the room away. This Fishie attended no less than seven films over the last four days of the festival and The Invisible War was unquestionably the strongest. From what we’ve seen, the film is easily the front runner for Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars. But more importantly, without even being released yet, the film is having a real world impact. Producer Amy Ziering was in attendance for Saturday’s LAFF audience Q&A (the most and perhaps only intelligent audience Q&A we have ever attended by the way) and informed the crowd that the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office Mary Kay Hertog–among the more incompetent military officials interviewed in the film–had been forced to resign. This came on the heels of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta screening the film and immediately authorizing major changes to the way military rape allegations are handled.

Truly a wonderful piece of journalism.

The film opens in theaters nationwide this Friday.

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Film Critic Asks Not to Be Named after Named Names Were Edited Out

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This is getting silly.

From Village Voice:

Kirby Dick‘s new documentary, “Outrage,” continued to skirt controversy and stir debate in its opening weekend in U.S. theaters, particulary [sic] among some media circles. As the film opened, NPR trimmed its review of the film, cutting mentions of the American political figures depicted in the movie. Critic Nathan Lee subsequently removed his byline from the article in protest and lodged a comment on the NPR site, which was also quickly removed by NPR executives.

WaPo‘s review also doesn’t name names.

Well, the rest of the country is acting like this is 1952 – Tina Daunt at LAT actually did her job and reported on the names mentioned in the film. Including one very right-wing totally smoking hot David Dreier who mysteriously cease to be the public face of the GOP around the 2004 election. We don’t care if he’s gay – we’d like him out so we have something to look at on the Sunday shows.

Previously on FBLA: Outrage is Making Journos Squeamish

Outrage is Making Journos Squeamish

Journalists are having a tough time reporting about what the documentary Outrage is reporting, Jason Bellini points out. It’s actually the more interesting aspect of the film.

Terry Gross called it the ‘elephant in the living room‘ when she interviewed filmmaker Kirby Dick.

It’s the ‘sin that must not be named’: Republican closeted homosexual.