KCETLink Premieres 'Shadows of Liberty,' A Revealing Film Exploring America's Corporate Controlled Media

KCETLink Premieres 'Shadows of Liberty,' A Revealing Film Exploring America's
                          Corporate Controlled Media

PR Newswire

BURBANK, Calif., March 20, 2013

Acclaimed documentary reveals stories from renowned journalists, activists and
academics giving insider accounts of a broken media system including Dan
Rather, Amy Goodman, Danny Glover, Robert McChesney, Julian Assange, David
Simon, Daniel Ellsberg, Roberta Baskin, Bob Bear, John MacArthur, Dick
Gregory, among many, many others.

BURBANK, Calif., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Censorship,
cover-ups and corporate control. On the heels of the unprecedented merger of
two media giants, Comcast and NBCUniversal, KCETLink presents a powerful
documentary film that explores the state of commercialnewsmedia and the free
press in the United States, Shadows of Liberty, airing on KCET and Link TV
April 5 at 8 p.m. PDT and EDT.

The 90-minute documentary by filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes viewers on
a journey through the darker corridors of the commercial U.S. media system,
where global conglomerates call the shots. The film depicts how overwhelming
influence of major corporations and corporate interests have distorted the
process of reporting and presenting news to mainstream audiences, and
compromised the value of information that finds its way to American news

The film cites several specific examples of national stories that were
affected by these interests, including journalists' controversial
newsreportsthat are suppressed, people who are censored for speaking out and
lives shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private
profit zone. Renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider
accounts of a broken media system including Dan Rather, Amy Goodman, Danny
Glover, Robert McChesney and Julian Assange, among many others.

Nominated as the Most Valuable Documentary of the Year at the 2013 Cinema for
Peace Gala in Berlin, Germany, the film received official selection in film
festivals world wide throughout 2012, and is presented for the first time in
the U.S. with KCETLink.

"Shadows of Liberty is  a fascinating look at corporate-controlled media–its
evolution and power—and the vital work being done every day to fight for
thriving, relevant independent journalism," said Al Jerome, Chief Executive
Officer of KCETLink. "We think it's important as an independent media
organization to provide this perspective to our viewers."

Added Tremblay: "This film is dedicated to the journalists, heroes of our
time, who give their lives and freedoms for our information. Presenting the
voices that are not heard or given a platform is what Shadows of Liberty is
about. This film attempts to inspire change and accountability by championing
the idea of an independent media where truth and integrity are the norm, and
not the exception."

Inspired by the Ben Bagdikian book "The New Media Monopoly"  and funded by The
Bertha Foundation, the film touches upon critical issues impacting the
creation, distribution and access of news and information, including:

  oOwnership: Five corporations own and control almost all the media we see
    and hear
  oProfit: Media corporations are driven by profit, not the public good.
  oCensorship: Corporate journalism promotes official government sources and
    corporate agendas.
  oSensationalism: Dumbing down news stories over solid truth and integrity.

Shadows of Liberty, a DocFactory Production,  will be screened at Free Press
National Conference on Media Reform on April 4, and will also stream online
beginning April 4 on a special website, shadows.kcetlink.org. The site
includes digital assets, social media streams and other original content tied
to the film.

Complete broadcast airtimes include:

Link TV                                          April 5 at 8 p.m. PDT/ 8 p.m.
(Nationally via DirecTV 375 and DISH Network
KCET                                             April 5 at 8 p.m. PDT

(Southern California)                            

For more information and additional assets, please visit shadows.kcetlink.org.

KCETLink is the new national independent public transmedia organization formed
by the merger between KCET and Link Media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3)
organization, its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV
and DISH, in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through
various digital delivery systems. KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink.
For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content,
programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or

Based in London, DocFactory was created in 2005 to produce independent
documentary films to bring awareness and inspire change for important social
issues worldwide. DocFactory creates films that break the mould and reveal
important stories that focus on injustices. DocFactory is also committed to
innovative, strategic outreach campaigns.

Tremblay originates from Jonquiere, Quebec. He studied Law and Film at
Carleton University. In 1996, he made a film entitled Journey, following the
story of an aspiring young filmmaker in South East Asia for one year. He was
awarded an intensive apprenticeship at the S.A.W. Video Co-op. Subsequently,
Jean-Philippe developed his skills as a lighting technician on four films with
Distinct Features, TV shows, commercials, and music videos. In 1998, the
Canada Arts Council funded his short film entitled Rock Bottom Fill. The
following year, he documented the work of an NGO - South Asian Partnership
Canada - in Pakistan. In 2001, he was a Neg-Assembler for films such as
Insomnia. In 2002 he developed the Journey filmproject in South America for
six months. In 2006 he completed an MA in Film Production at the London Film
School. His graduation film was selected at the 50th London Film Festival. He
joined DOCFACTORY that same year and began filming his first feature
documentary, Shadows Of Liberty, completed in January 2012. Jean-Philippe is
currently preparing a new feature.

Twitter: @kcet, @linktv, #shadowsofliberty;
Facebook: KCET28, linktv


Website: http://shadows.kcetlink.org/
Contact: KCETLink: Ariel Carpenter, +1-747-201-5243, acarpenter@kcet.org, or
Caty Chattoo, +1-310-927-4752, cchattoo@linktv.org
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