Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.
Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes a journey through the darker corridors of the US media, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values.
In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.
Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, Shadows of Liberty poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? Media reform is urgent and freedom of the press is fundamental.
Jean-Philippe originates from Jonquière, Québec. He studied Law and Film Studies at Carleton University. After graduation he followed the story of an aspiring young filmmaker in South East Asia for one year and made a short documentary film entitledJourney. The Canada Arts Council awarded him an intensive film and new media apprenticeship grant at the S.A.W. Video Media Arts Centre. Jean-Philippe developed skills as a lighting technician applying his trade on four feature films with Distinct Features, and also with other Canadian TV program series’, commercials, and music videos. In 1998, the Canada Arts Council award him with another grant called JumpstART to fund his short docu-drama film entitled Rock Bottom Fill. The following year in Pakistan, he documented the progressive work of the N.G.O. organization called South Asian Partnership Canada. In 2001, he was a Neg-Assembler for films such asInsomnia. In 2002 he further developed his Journey film project by traveling South America for six months. In 2006 he completed an MA in Film Production at the London Film School where his graduation film was selected at the 50th London Film Festival. He joined DocFactory via the Bertha Foundation that same year and began research for his first feature documentary film, Shadows Of Liberty and completed it in 2012. Jean-Philippe continues to present Shadows Of Liberty internationally and conducts numerous talks and interviews at film festivals and other social events. Jean-Philippe is currently preparing a new feature and other projects.
Cantagallo studied film at Harvard University and the London Film School. Dan expanded his thesis project and collaborated with his brother to make a feature documentary, No Outlet. He has worked on numerous shorts, music videos, and documentaries including the award-winning Operation Filmmaker andBenny The Bum.He works as a screenwriter and editor in Los Angeles.
Jafa’s cinematography includes, Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash, (for which he won the cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival; Seven Songs for Malcolm X, John Akomfrah; Crooklyn, Spike Lee, Conakry Kas, Manthia Diawara, Meet the Eye, Aida Ruilova.
His writing has been published in various publications such as Black Popular Culture, edited by Gina Dent and Everything But the Burden, edited by Greg Tate.
He has exhibited art at the Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art; Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since, Contemporary Art Museum-Houston, Texas.
He has directed several films including Slowly This, Tree, Deshotten 1.0.
Award-winning film editor specialising in fictional and documentary features. Credits includeSenna, McLibel, Homeland, Drowned Out. Senna was awarded two Cinema BAFTAs – Best Documentary and Best Editing.
Jenhudson has a dual career as a film composer and a psychiatrist. He scored the BAFTA-nominated Love You Joseff Hughes, and has written music for numerous other award-winning films. In 2011 Tandis composed the soundtrack for the feature-length film Little Stars of Bethlehem, narrated by Stephen Fry.