Here’s Sam Branson’s (Richard’s son) new film Breaking the Taboo, a new documentary about the war on drugs.
Breaking the Taboo – a new documentary about the war on drugs – premiered last night at Google’s New York headquarters, with stars including Katie Couric, Virgin mogul Richard Branson, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Natalie Imbruglia in attendance. While the one-hour film is not available in theaters, it’s streaming in its entirety online.
The web-only strategy is part of producer Sam Branson’s plan to make the thoroughly researched anti-prohibition film a viral sensation, potentially inspiring serious drug policy reform. The filmmaker (who is Richard Branson’s son) hopes to reach a wide audience for the all-star project – which includes never-before-seen interviews with former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, narration by Morgan Freeman and a trailer starring Kate Winslet.
The film’s main message is that the substantial losses of life and freedom resulting from the war on drugs, not to mention the amount of money being spent, are just not worth the paltry results: A country that continues to consume and demand drugs from a fractured global market. “It’s about putting the alternatives to the prohibitionist regime on the table,” says Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Progress has been stymied, because the only options that can be discussed are ones that essentially are grounded in a law enforcement and prohibitionist approach.”
Source: Rolling Stone
Bill Murray Letterman Interview. Nuff said.
The Blue Marble
Wiki: The snapshot — taken by astronauts on December 7, 1972, at 5:39 a.m. EST (10:39 UTC) — is likely one of the most widely distributed photographic images in existence. The image is one of the few to show a fully illuminated Earth, as the astronauts had the Sun behind them when they took the image. To the astronauts, Earth had the appearance of a glass marble, hence the name.
Vimeo: On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
This is an ad for some pretty crappy computer company, disguised as a short film called Die Again, Undead One. Directed by Roman Coppola, written by Roman Coppola & Jason Schwartzman
Post Tenebras Lux is a Latin phrase which translates to Light After Darkness.
Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another.
This has had some pretty bad reviews, but I like the red dude just rocking out
Some fantastic news just in from Hollywood’s comeback kid.
FFC is moving back to the Paramount studios and has said:
"I have a secret investor that has infinite money. I learned what I learned from my three smaller films, and wanted to write a bigger film. I’ve been writing it. It’s so ambitious so I decided to go to L.A. and make a film out of a studio that has all the costume rentals, and where all the actors are. My story is set in New York. I have a first draft. I’m really ready for a casting phase. Movies are big in proportion to the period. It starts in the middle of the ‘20s, and there are sections in the ‘30s and the late ‘40s, and it goes until the late ‘60s."
Photo: Riccardo Puntillo