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The 2010 New York Film Festival | Charles Ferguson and INSIDE JOB

The 2010 New York Film Festival | Charles Ferguson and INSIDE JOB

Today was non-fiction day for the press at The New York Film Festival, and it kicked off with Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job, a sober, clear and concise telling of the causes and effects that made up the 2008 financial collapse. I am ahuge fan of Ferguson’s work in No End In Sight, the best film (of an innumerable set) about the the US invasion of Iraq. When I saw that film back in January of 2007 (has it been that long?!), I wrote:

“Of all the assholes to grace the screen, none outraged me more than watching Donald Rumsfeld’s non-stop cavalcade of smirking lies in No End In Sight, Charles Ferguson’s point by point disemboweling of the Bush Administration’s handling of the war in Iraq. The chain of command, from the President to the Secretary of Defense on down to the ground-level implementation of a solution-free Iraq policy, was so soaked in useless idealism and delusion about the reality on the streets of Baghdad that today’s sectarian carnage seems to be the natural result of our government’s unfocused inaction. It is one thing to lie to the nation about the pretext for war, it is wholly another to engage in that war without a shred of a plan and then implement a reactionary response to the escalating (and completely foreseeable) violence; No End In Sight so eloquently outlines the natural progression of chaos from the looting in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. invasion to the anarchy of the feudal militias of today that the film should be required viewing for all citizens.”

I felt the same way leaving Inside Job today; Ferguson’s gift lies in his ability to clarify facts and challenge lies and deceptions with a narrative that seems propelled forward by righteous skepticism. His style makes for heady, reasonable and absolutely compelling filmmaking. There is a lot of razzle-dazzle (music, aerial shots, graphics), but each of these elements provide a way into the story, either by underscoring a fact or by emphasizing a sense of time and place. Get the Oscar ready; Ferguson’s film is certain to be nominated and, in my opinion, is ready for the Academy’s seal of approval. And you thought The Social Network was the movie for our times…

After the film, I was able to grab a quick photo of Ferguson and one of his subjects, the author Charles Morris. Check out the trailer below and see the film if you can; again, required viewing for all citizens!

Charles Ferguson and Charles R. Morris
The 2010 New York Film Festival
September 29, 2010
The Walter Reade Theater
New York, NY

(photo by me)

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