LOS ANGELES -- October 28 -- A new documentary film, WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception, by Emmy Award-wining network news veteran and lifelong "News Dissector" Danny Schechter will be released in theatres nation wide this December by Cinema Libre Distribution, best known for its daring distribution campaigns for Robert Greenwalds Outfoxed, Uncovered and David O. Russells Soldiers Pay.
WMD paints a meticulous and damning portrait of the media's coverage of the Iraq war. In sobering detail, Danny Schechter shows us how the TV networks now prefer the role of cheerleader, to that of objective journalist, says Austin journalist Mike Nicholson.
The controversial doc won the Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary and A People's Choice pick at the 2004 Denver Film Festival, which wrapped Sunday. Documentary filmmaking legend Al Maysles presented the kudos, calling Schechter "a conscience" of the industry.
Schechter tackles his subject like a cross between Errol Morris and a Dashiell Hammet detective, following close on the tail of big media reporters as they in turn track the march toward war, embed themselves in the military industrial complex and then get out when the fighting gets tough and leave the cleanup work to stringers, writes Shandon Fowler of films Hamptons Inernational Film Festival appearance, Oct. 20 - 24.
At the Oct. 14 21 Austin Film Festival WMD took home the trophy for Best Documentary Feature.
The Film Fest New Haven, Sep. 16 19, acknowledged WMD with the Jury Award for Best Documentary after selecting it from more than 300 films at its ninth annual shindig. WMD also won First Place Documentary at the Aug. 12-15 Detroit Motor City International Film Festival.
For more information about advance screenings, please visit www.wmdthefilm, or http://r.vresp.com/?CinemaLibreStudio/2d6399ec0b/245117/3e68677002/6b3bbd3.
About Cinema Libre Distribution
Cinema Libre Distribution is the theatrical and home entertainment division of Cinema Libre Studio (CLS), a worldwide entertainment production and distribution group, which includes: Cinema Libre Productions, the production entity for feature, documentary and animation films, whose principals have produced more than 15 films worldwide; Cinema Libre Studio, a Los Angeles-based 6,500-square foot facility equipped with state-of-the-art digital and film post production services; and Cinema Libre International, the companys foreign sales and co-production division. For more information, please visit www.cinemalibrestudio.com