Category Archives: director QA

DC Environmental Film Festival 2017: “Nuclear Power Play” QA

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the DC Environmental Film Festival held a program “Nuclear Power Play” at the Carnegie Science Center.  There were two short films, “Nuclear Winter” and “Triad” and “City 40”.  The panel included Kit Roane (Retro Report), Dan Sagayin, and Samira Goetsche.

Generally, there was concern expressed that the US and Russia, following the Soviet Union, tend to make it more plausible that they could use nuclear weapons if they maintain the hardware.  There was concern over making rogue states and non-state actors believe “everybody wants some”.

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(Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2:30 PM EST)

Cato forum today, “Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era”

The Cato Institute held a two-part panel today, “Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era”, link here gives the names of the speakers.

There was a presentation of a report “Stranger in my own Country: Populism and Nativism in America”.  The report had surveyed people near Pittsburgh and in Wilmington NC.  There is a general impression that Trump voters did feel left out in today’s world, and were inhibited from speaking their minds about old-fashioned values, which they see as local and related to faith and not as intrinsically hateful or discriminatory.  The subject of political correctness, identity politics, and campus speech codes came up. 

There was criticism of the extreme vetting and immigration suspensions being discussed now, as not likely to improve real security. 

Some survey respondents felt that Muslim immigrants did work hard but did not seem as interested in assimilating culturally as maybe was the case the past.

There was also mention of the danger of neglecting any working population too long;  history has shown that this can invite fascism and dictatorship.

In the reception afterward, I heard an account that refugee assimilation in Germany had generally gone well with few problems for hosts or volunteers, which contradicts other reports I had heard in September.

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(Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:15 PM EST)

Cato forum on “Men Without Work”

Today I attended a Cato book forum, about “Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis”, by Nicholas Eberstadt, from Templeton Press, from the American Enterprise Institute.

Davd Bier also spoke, about how immigrant males compare in workforce participation compared to naturally-born Americans.

Men with less education, and especially black men, and especially also men with some law enforcement problems, have shown a steady decline in employment, up to about 25% non-participation. The decline has been consistent during economic recoveries as well as declines (2008).

These are men who do not even look for work, but “watch”, on electronic devices, as if doing so were a fake job.  Some live at home with parents as adults.  They tend not to participate in childcare or volunteer work or chores.  They seem lazy.

Immigrant men do not show this problem as much.  Immigrant men (despite the “Trojan horse” issue) have lower crime rates than native men.  Men who are married with children are much less likely to remain idle.  The lecture did not address same-sex marriage, but presumably a male couple with children to raise would perform similarly to traditional couples.  Immigrant men are more likely to be married with kids and follow conventional gender roles more than native men.

Immigrant men are also more able to move around geographically, but this could mean lower home ownership rates.   In higher paying tech jobs, I would think that single men would be more geographically mobile.  When education level improves, the performance of single men starts to compare much better with married men.

 

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(Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:30 AM EST)

Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival, 2016

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The film “TRI” (directed by Jai Jamison) about the Nation’s Triathlon, based in Washington DC, aired at the Northern Virginia Film Festival April 29.

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The horror film “Altar” by Matthew Sconce aired on Tuesday April 29.

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There are full reviews on Blogger here.

Below is a picture by Terrabass of the countryside in the Sierra near the site of the film (Wikipedia link CCSA 3.0 license).

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(Published: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 9 PM EDT)

QA for George Mason University law school forum on films about Ukraine and Chernobyl

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The following is sample of the Q and A  from a session Sunday, April 24, 2016 in the auditorium at Founder’s Hall at the Law School of George Mason University in Arlington VA, maybe 70 people in attendance.

The first film was a short “One Story of Basketball: War and Peace” about a Phoenix Suns player emigrated from Ukraine.


The second was about young classical pianists, “Pianino for Peace”, by Max Rydow, about to enter college, who did QA with other filmmakers.

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One of the directors of “The Babushkas of Chernobyl”, Holly Morris, spoke very briefly by Skype but did not do a QA. The film is to be distributed by Journeyman Pictures.

A full review of the three films is on my Blogger site (but not all the video is there).

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Dmitro Vlasoy of the AP has a story on the remembrance by Ukrainian citizens of the accident that happened thirty years ago today,   and which the Soviet government tried to deny for a while.

Here’s a film (9 min) “Chernobyl New Safe Confinement”, the Apka Shelter for Reactor 4.

Here is a Russian or Ukrainian film “Shooting Inside the Sarcophagus”


Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Pripyat and Chernobyl after desertion by Jason Minshull

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(Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 1 PM EDT)

 

QA for “People Are the Sky” at Filmfest DC

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Here are some Question and Answer comments from film director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson of the movie “People Are the Sky”,  shown in Filmfest DC on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3 PM.  The main review is here.

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(Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016)

A sobering view of North Korea’s labor camps: “Secret Footage: This Is the DPRK

There are numerous such videos on YouTube.

Wikipedia attributionn link for picture of North Korean bookstore with works only by the Kim family, by Roman Harak, under CCSA 2.0.

“Poverty, Inc.” Film QA at Cato Institute

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The following is some excerpts from the QA of producer Mark Weber of the film “Poverty, Inc.” (2014), shown Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Cato Institute in Washington DC.

The film takes the position that conventional foreign aid programs typically destroy incentives of local businesses and farms overases to produce for themselves, and that what people in other countries need is stable government, “rule of law”, and infrastructure.  A complete review is here.

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(Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 11:15 PM EDT)

Ellie Hassenfeld discusses “Give Well” for Harvard Effective Altruism

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“Containment” film QA at American University

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Here are some videos of the QA for the film “Containment” by Peter Galison and Robb Moss, shown as part of the DC Environmental Film Festival in the Communications school auditorium, 2nd floor, at American University in Washington DC, March 25, 2016.

The film deals with the storage of nuclear waster (main review).

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(Published Monday April 4, 2016 at 11:30 PM EDT)

Bonus: Tour of Yucca Mountain (2002) near Nye, Nevada (YouTube)

Taylor Wilson talks about the future of Energy at the University of Nevada

 

 

“Cinema of the Street” in Washington DC, QA

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On Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015,  a group called “Street Sense” held a second session of “Cinema of the Street”, produced by Bryan Bello, with two forty minute films made as video diaries by homeless women.

The first film was “Raise to Rise” by Sasha Williams, and the second was “Who Should I Be Grateful to” by Cynthia Mewborn.

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(Published Friday, August 28. 2015 at 11:15 AM EDT)