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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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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. 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. more

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

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

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Indiana State University Library

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

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Scott Green / Bleecker Street

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. 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. more

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Michael Lamont

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

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HBO

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

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YouTube

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. 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. 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. more

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

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YouTube

Tinseltown’s formula for dramatizing actual political controversies is to combine an entertaining, plot-driven storyline with history, compelling characters, and star power. more

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Kino Lorber

Despite its gloomy subject matter, the film offers some hope. more

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In Shot, Kagan shows us how a random shooting in Los Angeles affects the victim, and the shooter, too. more

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