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in Filmmaking
on Jan 19, 2008

I ran into producer Mike Ryan, whose Choke is screening here at Sundance, and he told me about a new website he’s involved with. Hammer to Nail has just launched, with Ryan and, soon, Mike Tully filing film reviews from Sundance — reviews that are intended to be provocative conversation-starters that eschew the niceties that sometimes inhibit writing from not only the MSM but also the blogosphere. (Last year, Ryan forwarded me at Sundance his politically-outraged comments about Grace is Gone, which I posted on the blog.) He launches the new site with a review of the Sundance doc The Recruiter (American Soldier) that takes the film to task for its embrace of what Ryan calls “Centerism”, which “holds as its main principals that in order for a message or position to be relevent and effective it needs to not be seen as coming from one side or the other.” The question he poses in the review: “What is the value of making a film which could be used as a US Army promotional industrial recruiting tool?” Read the whole thing at the link above.

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