Friday, November 07, 2008

Film School: PETER GALISON and ROBB MOSS co-directors of SECRECY

Film School (KUCI)
Hosts: Nathan Callahan and Mike Kaspar

An interview with PETER GALISON and ROBB MOSS co-directors of SECRECY — a film about the vast, invisible world of government secrecy. By focusing on classified secrets, the government's ability to put information out of sight if it would harm national security, Secrecy explores the tensions between our safety as a nation, and our ability to function as a democracy. From extraordinary rendition to warrant-less wiretaps and Abu Ghraib, we have learned that, under the veil of classification, even our leaders can give in to dangerous impulses. Secrecy increasingly hides national policy, impedes coordination among agencies, bloats budgets and obscures foreign accords; secrecy throws into the dark our system of justice and derails the balance of power between the executive branch and the rest of government. Moss's recent film, The Same River Twice, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit award, and played theatrically in more than eighty cities across North America. As a cinematographer he has shot films in Ethiopia, Hungary, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Turkey-on such subjects as famine genocide and the large-scale structure of the universe-and many of these pieces were shown on Public Television. He was on the 2004 documentary jury at the Sundance Film Festival and has thrice served as a creative advisor for the Sundance Institute documentary labs. He is the past board chair and president of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers and has taught filmmaking at Harvard University for the past 20 years. Galison is Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard. His film on the moral-political debates over the H-bomb, "Ultimate Weapon: The H-bomb Dilemma" has been shown frequently on the History Channel.

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