CATEGORIES Documentary, Independent, Exhibition, Newsstand, Politics, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalRobert Greenwald, the man behind both Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism and Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, is taking his aggressively liberal brand of filmmaking back to television. In collaboration with the Sierra Club and the ACLU, Greenwald - who has an extensive TV background - and his company Brave New Films are producing series that explore issues of interest to those groups, and about which they feel Americans need to be made aware.
The Sierra Club's series - logically entitled Sierra Club Chronicles - focuses on environmental issues, "consisting of seven half-hour episodes on topics like the lingering effects of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and how air pollution affected workers at ground zero in New York City." Playing only on a satellite channel called Link TV (What the heck is that, anyway?), the series is likely to get much less exposure that the ACLU's, which is being shown on both that channel and Court TV. The latter series, called The ACLU Freedom Files, is "a series of 10 30-minute episodes featuring real cases like that of Lindsay Earls, the Oklahoma high school student who ended up going all the way to the Supreme Court to challenge mandatory drug testing by schools."
As part of a continuing battle to combat the perceived conservative bias of the news media, Greenwald hopes to bring even more progressive issues before the public - he even talks of eventually purchasing a television studio in order to defray production costs. Given the disappointing impact of Al Gore's much-hyped Current TV, though, one wonders how much of an effect Greenwald's television work might realistically have.