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Auburn, AL

Inheritance
Friday, April 20 2012, 7:00pm
Join The Gnu’s Room for a screening in partnership with the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities. To find out more, call 334-821-5550.

Lafayette, LA

POV Short Cuts
Wednesday, April 25 2012, 6:30pm
The film will be shown as part of the Soirées du Cinéma programming of Festival International de Louisiane. The screening is free and open to the public.

Bethel, AK

The Education of Shelby Knox
Wednesday, April 25 2012, 7:00pm
Join the State of Alaska Public Health Nursing’s Bethel Regional Public Health Center for a screening and discussion at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center.

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Jamie Dobie
Jamie Dobie
Jamie worked in the Community Engagement and Education Department at POV from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining POV in 2010, Jamie worked at Northwestern University's satellite campus in Doha, Qatar, where she was part of the team tasked with setting up the school's film and journalism programs in the Middle East. She has worked in various capacities on many documentary film crews around the world, including productions in West Africa, and has worked closely with acclaimed filmmaker Margaret Brown. Jamie has also previously worked in the exhibition department at the Field Museum of Natural History and the education and cinema programming departments at the Block Museum of Art. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Radio/TV/Film and African Studies.
  • http://twitter.com/TruthtoTellBlog Truth2Tell

    Agreed Tom. I would add that the value-add of a “critic” is in contextualising and analysing a doco, discussing its issues from an educated perspective and using the doco’s subject and treatment of it to broaden that topic. I’ve just launched a blog at crikey.com.au in Australia called Truth to Tell (“Looking for truth and telling you what I found”) which aims to do just that

  • Docunewsroundup

    Your points are well taken, but the
    relationship between film critic and film producer/distributor can also
    veer into the corrupt, for example if they have hidden 501(c)(3) or (c)(4) funding and amplify their message through paid or free media or, as occurred with some Participant Media documentaries, an undisclosed
    longstanding personal relationship with a prominent reviewer. A former Doc Mogul and NY Film
    Critics Circle Pres. allegedly engaged in such conduct for years.

  • NotWaitingforSuperman

    The story alleging possible
    corruption arising from an affair between a documentary company
    executive producer and her film critic lover was posted for a long time
    by a public education blog which believed Davis Guggenheim, Diane Weyermann and Participant had marketed a misleading, anti-teacher’s union film, using $6 million in funding from the Gates Foundation. A version of the story, subsequently removed from the news
    site, but apparently based upon undisputed information and public
    records, can still be located the internet Wayback machine at the url noted above.

  • NotWaitingforSuperman

    (Corrected-cross post) The news story http://web.archive.org/web/20120905214844/http://transparencynewsservice.tumblr.com/ alleging possible
    corruption arising from an affair between a documentary company
    executive producer and her film critic lover was posted for a long time
    by
    a public education blog which believed Davis Guggenheim, Diane
    Weyermann and Participant had marketed a misleading, anti-teacher’s
    union film, using $6 million in funding from the Gates Foundation. A
    version of the story, subsequently removed from the news
    site, but apparently based upon undisputed information and public
    records, can still be located the internet Wayback machine at the url noted above.

  • Mavis Cohen

    As noted in my crosspost on potential mischief involving critics and film distributors, the Participant Media scandal was exposed in 2012 — it involved Participant Exec. Producer
    Diane Weyermann and film critic John Anderson. He hasn’t reviewed any Weyermann produced Participant documentary films for news publication since then, although he did write a general puff piece last year in the NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/movies/kim-roberts-kate-amend-and-other-female-film-editors.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

  • sundanceobserver

    There does appear to be some sort of link between critic support and box office outcomes. http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/B/
    From looking at the previous comments, it is difficult to assess the
    objectivity of the commentators. But it does look like Producer Diane
    Weyermann and film critic John Anderson did try to game the system, and
    if so, why didn’t anyone notice it — Participant had 4 or 5 films only a
    few years after she ran the documentary fund there. Doesn’t seem like a
    cooincidence. And she had her boyfriend writing super favorable film
    reviews of her films? Come on….

  • SundanceObserver

    Oops, URL isn’t showing up, but readers of Tom’s piece should Google “box office results and critic reviews”–the links show some of the articles about how positive critic reviews can affect box office results. There appears to be some history of attempted manipulation by Hollywood studios, but results aren’t too clear. Tom’s post about how positive critic reviews affect the success of documentaries provides some really interesting new evidence about the correlation between reviews and distributor’s success for documentaries in a crowded field. Pretty odd if companies like Participant and Sundance were involved, but Diane Weyermann had a reputation for sharp elbows as an exec. producer so if she tried to help her films by arranging for initial positive reviews, it would be fairly clever if she was never caught and no rules were broken. Were they?

  • MonicaP27Docs

    Wow. Are you asking whether it was ethical to for film critic John Anderson to write reviews about films that were financed and produced by his former live-in girlfriend Diane Weyermann? Many newspapers and critics organizations have rules that require disclosure of a close personal relationship so the readers can determine for themselves how to factor in the bias. Anderson’s favorable reviews (google them) of documentaries exec. produced by Weyermann & Participant never disclosed his personal relationship to her. It looks like the two of them cut if out after a blogger looked at Anderson’s review of Waiting for Superman in Variety http://variety.com/2010/film/reviews/waiting-for-superman-1117941947/ and finally busted them. The mainstream Hollywood press has avoided saying anything (what a surprise). Her company, which is all about social justice, appears to have no problem with it, which seems weird IMHO. But they get a lot of their film production funds from overseas so maybe the rules are different there.

  • client9

    The documentary film industry is just as bad as the feature film industry and the music industry when it comes to financial razzle dazzle and cute ethics. So the film critic issue is just the tip of an iceberg. People in the industry have heard Diane Weyermann repeatedly belittle her boss, CEO Jim Berk at Participant as a “used lawn furniture salesman.” Apparently, he once ran a vacation ownership company, implying he wasn’t qualified to run a film company. He seems to have done rather well, though.

  • TheGreaterInvisible58

    Believe this is the link to the Participant Media – Diane Weyermann – Qatar connection documentary film funding story: http://participantwatch.tumblr.com