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Synopsis

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.

Crew

JEAN-PHILIPPE TREMBLAY

Director/ Producer / Writer

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.

DAN CANTAGALLO

Co-writer / Co-producer

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.

ARTHUR JAFA

Director of Photography

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.

GREGERS SALL

Editor

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.

TANDIS JENHUDSON

Composer

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.

Directed, Produced, and Written by
Jean-Philippe Tremblay
Executive Producers
DOCFACTORY
Co-writer, Co-producer
Daniel Cantagallo
Co-producer
William Robinson
Film Editor
Gregers Sall
Composer
Tandis Jenhudson
Director of Photography
Arthur Jafa
Narrator
Kerry Shale
Production Managers
Zeynep Yildiz
Peter Barker
Christian Gill
Post Production Supervisor
Sahil Gill
Researchers
David Miller
Jonathan Page
Jo Stone
Archive Producers
Karen Walsh
Paul Bell
Archive Researchers
David Studwell
Jonathan Page
Editorial Consultant
John Akomfrah
Production Consultants
Lina Gopaul
David Lawson
Location Sound Recorder
Trevor Mathison
Post Production
Molinare
DI Film Consultant
Justin Lanchbury
Post Production Managers
Andrew Dearnley
Kerry Shelton
Colourist
Andrew Daniel
Online Editor
Gareth Parry
Re-Recording Mixer
George Foulgham
Assistant Re-Recording Mixers
Nicholas Ashe
Nas Parkash
Sound Design
Robin Green
DI Supervisor
Matt James
Supervising DI Conform Editor
Steve Knight
DI Conform Editors
Francois Kamffer
Jamie Welsh
Jat Patel
Theresa Crooks
Digital Film Technicians
Mike Andrews
Michelle Cort
Data Transfer
Katelin Westwood
Steve Owen
Film Consultant
Len Brown
Animation & Motion Graphics
Capture
Producer
Matthew Jones
Lead Designer
Louis Du Mont
Production Manager
Jon Reidy
Original Animation Illustrations
Sam Green
Animation & Design
Neil Copland
Michael Marczewski
Kooch Chung
Rob Wicksteed
First Camera Assistant
Joseph Mastrangelo
Additional Composer
Jeremy Birchall
Additional Directors of Photography
Charles C. Meyer
David Rom
Additional Editing
Cliff West
Nick Follows
Production Co-ordinators
Teppei Nogaki
Nellie Butler
Molly Crossthwaite
Additional Production Managers
Aneta Chalas
Diana Voxerbrant
Jennifer Filippazzo
Make-Up Artists
Mary Aaron
Marta Camer
Janice Kinigopoulos
Diane Noorlander
Jesse Fisher
Additional Research
Tim Donovan
Gary Graham
Additional First Camera Assistants
Matt Klammer
Jonathan Bowerbank Ralph Messer
Sam Rawlings
James Strosahl
Extras
Elaine Andrews
Fred Brett
James Butler
Elena Dementieva
Kate Sweeney
James Toynton
Ajene Washington
Alan Cochran
John Hateley
David LeTendre
Dennis O’Neill
Location Production Assistants
Ajene Washington
Russell Mondy
Don Napoleon
Christopher Sylvain
Conrad Webley
Scot Belsky
Linda Massey
Lisa Mall
Jake Javitch
Production Assistants
Erik Perera
Qasim Arshad
Daniel Johnson-Mathison
Interns
Ruben Cruz
Justin R. Sindone
Ashley Wiener
Olivia Humphreys
Katya Nasim
Props Master
Ajene Washington
Stills Photography
John Oakley
Legal Services
Fraser Bloom
Legal Consultancy USA
Oliver Goodenough
Production Accountant
Helen Kellett
Insurance
Media Insurance Brokers Ltd.
David Johnstone
Archival Footage/Photos Courtesy of
ABC News
AP Archive
BBC Motion Gallery
Susan Bell
CBS News
CNN
Clips & Footage
Corbis/Bettman
C-Span Archives
ESPN
Film Archives
Footage Farm
Getty Images
ITN Source
Ian Webb
Journeyman Pictures
Library of Congress
Mike Stone
NARA
NATO
NBC News
Reagan Library
Sacramento News & Review
Steve Rhodes
Texas Department of Public Safety, Murphy Texas Police Department
UN TV
Brad Wilson
Zadig Productions
Music
Mogwai, "The Precipice", B. Burns. Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd © 2008. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Drivers
Nicolas Rahbany
Dean Threadgold
Jay Shepley
Transcriptions
Bill Bourne Associates
Super 8 Camera
Jean-Philippe Tremblay
Logo design
Fangohr Design
IT Support
Richard Plastow
Frederic Tremblay
HD Camera Operator
Frank Pirazzi
Additional Production Co-ordinating
Lucia Ashmore
Lucy Duxbury
Lauren Sandler
4K Consultant
Jonathan Tyrrell
RED CAM Digital Support
Brian Byrne
Nate Heartt
Very special thanks to
Craig Aaron
Carrie Biggs-Adams
Jonathan Adelstein
Jess Anscombe
Ed Baker
Arlene S. Balkansky
Amanda Ballantyne
Susan Bell
Eric Black
Noam Chomsky
Kevin Cloutier
John Connolly
Bill Conroy
Richard Conway
Michael Copps
Catherine Crawley
Luke Dittrich
Moctesuma Esparza
Joseph A. Farrell
Conrad de Fiebre
Chuck Haga
Ross Halliday
Alan Hayling
Ton De Heij
David Hendrix
Lauren Hewes
Michele Hilmes
Yolanda Hippensteele
John Hockenberry
Kyle Horst
Aron Kahn
Tim Karr
Andrew Keen
Ellen King
Eric Klinenberg
Joe Lauria
Jonathan Lawson
Rebecca Lichtenfeld
Mark Lloyd
Jocelyn Marchington
Christian Melendez
Mary Michals
Jodi Miller
Kay Miller
Mogwai
Bill Moyers
Kel Munger
James Nathaniel
Midori Ogata
James Ottaway
Jackie Penny
John Pilger
Michael Ratner
Ursula Riley
Hannah Sassaman
Nick Schou
Ben Scott
Josh Silver
Tom Stalcup
Kate Stanley
Josh Stern
Stephanie Warren
Ian Webb
Richard Weiner
Thank you to the following organisations
Black Agenda Report
Café Oto
Center for Citizen Media
Center for Digital Democracy
Center for Media and Democracy
Center for Public Integrity
Children Now
Code Pink
Consumer Federation of America
Democracy Now!
Dropping Knowledge
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Federal Communications Commission
Free Press
Future of Music Coalition
Hispanic Media Coalition
Media Access Project
Media Alliance
Media and Democracy Coalition
Media Matters
National Conference for Media Reform
Newspaper Guild
NYC Grassroots Media Coalition
One Way Theatre
Parents Television Council
Pavek Museum
Prometheus Radio Project
Rainbow Push Coalition
Reclaim the Media
Sacramento News & Review
Seattle Times
The News Dissector
The Portland Newspapers Printing Press (Portland, ME, USA)
USS Hornet Museum
WikiLeaks
Zulu Nation (Chicago, IL, USA)

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