Footage in Columnist's 'War' Film Subject of 'SF Chronicle' Piece

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By: E&P Staff Footage in the film "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death" is the subject of a story in today's San Francisco Chronicle.

The movie is based on the book of the same by Creators Syndicate media columnist Norman Solomon, a Bay Area resident.

Chronicle staff writer Joe Garofoli's article said "roughly 90% of 'War Made Easy' consists of archival news footage from major television networks that would cost a ton of money to license -- if the filmmakers had paid for all of it; they bought only about 60% from distributors."

"War Made Easy" producer/co-writer Loretta Alper responded in the Chronicle piece: "The film is definitely a challenge to the fair-use laws. But we think we are on solid legal ground. This is criticism, and you can't do criticism without showing what you're criticizing."

The movie -- made on a tight budget by a nonprofit company -- focuses on how politicans and the media help build support for America's various military invasions and involvements. It's narrated by actor/activist Sean Penn.

E&P most recently wrote about the film in June.

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