SILVERDOCS -- the documentary film festival that the Sassistas! faithfully attended over the last seven years -- changed dramatically this year largely because the Discovery Channel -- its primary backer -- pulled its support. A roster of 250-300 documentaries was reduced to 53, of which eight were shorts. What's more, AFI was late in getting the word out; for example, Flannista received the official Quick Guide [pictured right] last Wednesday, the first day of newly-named AFI Docs.
Determined to see at least ONE documentary, the Sassistas! attended "Best of the Fest" yesterday afternoon and saw two.
The first was "Gideon's Army" which shed much-needed light on the plight of one of our country's most valuable and unsung warriors: the public defender. Click here to visit its official website and to view the trailer. The Sassistas! were moved by how public defenders sacrifice so much in the name of justice even though they are profoundly overworked and underpaid.
A huge sass-out to Justista for all the work she has done as a public defender. This documentary has your name all over it. Look for it on HBO this fall.
The second documentary we viewed was called "Our Nixon" based on some 500 reels of Super 8 home movies created by aspiring -- and conspiring -- filmmakers and White House staffers named H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin which were confiscated and stored by the FBI. Click here to visit its official website and to view the trailer.
The documentary granted extraordinary access to the everyday intrigues and unsettling (to say the least) machinations of the Nixon White House. Salient, often bizarre extracts from the secret White House tapes add fitting and jaw-dropping commentary. Sychophancy [ass-kissing] has never been better documented. The film was funded by CNN, so we assume that CNN will show it at some point in the future.
By the way, the word "convict" in the title of this post can be read as both a verb and a noun.