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Ed Rampell

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Ed Rampell is a Los Angeles-based film historian and critic who contributes regularly to The Progressive; he created the Progie Awards in 2007 to highlight the year’s best progressive films and filmmakers. Rampell is the author of the 2005 book Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and the coauthor of three other film history books, most recently The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.  

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From If Beale Street Could Talk

Finally, James Baldwin’s big screen U.S. debut. Read more

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The best exposé on Fox in years dives into its former chief’s history of racism and the sexual misconduct that would ultimately be his undoing. Read more

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Showtime

A new docuseries begs the question: is the enemy of our enemy really our friend? Read more

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How to survive family Thanksgiving and a dictatorial state. Read more

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In 1917, striking copper miners were rounded up at gunpoint and dumped in the middle of a New Mexico desert on the orders of their employer. A new genre-bending film tells their story, and its ripple effects. Read more

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The action of Daniel’s metaphorical one-act drama, “Gunshot,” takes place on a spectral set where characters wake up to their condition and decide to make a change. Read more

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The cinematic son of America’s industrial proletariat launches a blistering broadside. Read more

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The movie is Lee’s best and most radical film in decades, and a lot of fun as well. Read more

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Indiana State University Library

A review of “American Socialist, The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debs.” Read more

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The thirty-seven-year-old Iowa-raised Foster often plays outsiders and marginalized characters. His most recent film, he says, reminds us there are good people, even in scary times. Read more

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Passion River Films

Disguised as a sports documentary, the film takes a critical look at the complex world of migrant laborers chasing a dream. Plus, an exclusive clip. Read more

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Michael Lamont

George Takei talks about his latest work, lessons from history, and combatting racism and sexism today. Read more

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HBO

Tim Robbins discusses real world issues within the context of modern film and stage productions. Read more

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“I wanted young blacks to see their own history on the big screen. Today, it’s still a big problem, telling black stories in cinema.” Read more

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Netflix

A new Netflix documentary about the famed activist lawyer is released just as the #MeToo wave ‘becomes a tsunami’ Read more

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The film, chronicling the Pentagon Papers, is extremely of the moment as another tyrannical president seeks to undermine the free press as he and his administration are under investigation. Read more

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Netflix

Tackling a mysterious Cold War-era death and CIA wrongdoing in groundbreaking style, 'Wormwood' is arguably among the greatest films of all time. Read more

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Wikipedia

From October of 1947 to roughly 1960, more than 300 artists were banned from working in the movies by HUAC unless they recanted their lefty politics. Seventy years later, this event is reenacted. Read more

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Hall’s harrowing, hard-hitting drama could be titled “The Worst Years of Their Lives.” Read more

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