FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
Black & White And Dead All Over
Director - Chris Foster (84 min.) 2013
The collapse of the newspaper industry in the United States has not only led to the destruction of tens of thousands of professional journalist jobs but has threatened the public’s right to know what is going on in their community, country and world. This documentary provides a concrete overview of how the newspaper industry’s liquidation has affected the journalist and the fight to keep papers alive.
Included are interviews with Bob Woodward of the Washington Post and David Carr of the New York Times and journalists from the Philadelphia Inquirer who depict an industry so desperate that the production of news is driven toward what can be sold on the market for the profits of the owners.
Pulitzer winning journalists are told that their stories and work is no longer good enough for the paper and instead they need to produce stories that make money for the publisher. This drive for profits as the film shows is a dire threat to the public and their right to know what is happening in our lives.
Following the film there will be a panel which will also look at how technology has affected the newspaper industry with George Kelley, Bay Area Media Group CWA Newspaper Guild Delegate, Bill Snyder, CWA 39521 Pacific Media Guild Freelance Unit Chair and tech writer.
See also: http://blackandwhiteanddeadallover.net http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014Films.htm#f10 http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014schedule.htm