28 Apr 2004 Independent Film Channel: Not Fair and Balanced
Executive Director David W. Almasi continues to channel surf, and sends over his comments:
Cable’s Sundance Channel has a full slate of anti-Bush programming scheduled for the eve of the election. Now I see that the Independent Film Channel is following Sundance’s lead with its own offering of liberal programs.
(And yet Sinclair is still taking it on the chin for airing just part of one documentary critical of John Kerry!)
The program descriptions belong to IFC, my comments are italicized:
Friday, October 29 at 10:00 pm and Saturday, October 30 at 1:00 am
“Fahrenheit 9/11: A Movement in Time”
A tribute to the most provocative documentary of our time. Featuring interviews with Mario Cuomo, Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Wyclef Jean, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Stipe and others.
Monday, November 1
“The War Room”
Seminal documentarians D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus capture the behind-the-scene machinations of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign through the eyes of George Stephanopoulos and James McCarville, the two volatile generals who orchestrated their candidate’s march to the White House.
Originally shot by Russell as an extra for the special DVD release of his film “Three Kings,” “Soldiers Pay” was later removed at the studio’s request. “Soldiers Pay” presents viewpoints on the war in Iraq from all sides of the spectrum, including veterans, Iraqis who rose up against Saddam after the Gulf War, journalists, politicians, psychologists and a two-star general who led the U.S. Marines to victory in the Gulf War.
According to an article about the film, director Russell is “anti-war in general and anti-Bush in particular.” After the film was dumped from the DVD, it played in limited release paired with “Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War” (which is, coincidentally, I’m sure, playing immediately prior to “Soldiers Pay” on Sundance Channel.
“The War Room”
And, in case you missed it the first two times, “The War Room” plays again on Election Day at 12:35 pm.