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Wednesday April 20, 2011

Tim Hetherington, Co-Director of Restrepo, Dies in Libya

I just heard the news about Tim Hetherington.

A year ago I saw him at the Harvard Exit in Seattle, tall and thin and British, a photojournalist mostly, standing next to Sebastian Junger, short and broad and American, an author mostly, and his co-director on the documentary we'd all just watched: “Restrepo.” Both calmly answered questions from the partisan Seattle poster for RestrepoInternational Film Festival crowd about the politics of war and the politics of documentary. A few in the crowd, like Jeff Wells later, wanted “Restrepo” to be more political: the how and the why we're in Afghanistan. They felt “Restrepo” somehow lacked. I was stunned. I was stunned by the stupidity of the questions and by the power of the film. I've urged it on everyone since. I doubt there's a movie I mentioned more in the last year. I was a broken record.

Samples:

Maybe someday they will.

Rest in peace, Mr. Hetherington. Emphasis on peace.

Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington during the making of "Restrepo"

Junger, left, and Hetherington during the filming of “Restrepo”

Posted at 03:24 PM on Wednesday April 20, 2011 in category Movies - Documentaries   |   Permalink  

Saturday December 04, 2010

The PGA Got It Wrong

The Producers Guild of America released their short list for best documentary feature yesterday. Thus:

  • CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER
  • EARTH MADE OF GLASS
  • INSIDE JOB
  • SMASH HIS CAMERA
  • THE TILLMAN STORY
  • WAITING FOR ‘SUPERMAN’

I've seen two of these: “Inside Job” and “The Tillman Story.” The better doc, the more complex doc, is “Restrepo.”

Hopefully the Academy won't make the same mistake.

Posted at 01:44 PM on Saturday December 04, 2010 in category Movies - Documentaries   |   Permalink  
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