Traceroute (Straight Shooter Film Review)

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Documentary, Feature Length, Featured, Straight Shooter Reviews, Straight Shooter Reviews (Feature Documentary) | 0 comments

Austrian filmmaker Johannes Grenzfurthner is on a mission to find all the nerdiest spots and people in America—at least, all the spots associated with the nerdy people he connected with online ahead of time. With a roadmap that takes him 7,000 miles (from California to New York) and an agenda of communist apologetics to share, he sets out to explore everything from creature effects companies to sex-geeks to massive caves to cyberpunks to alien researchers—all from an outsider’s perspective.

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Big Gold Dream (Straight Shooter Film Review)

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Documentary, Feature Length, Featured, Reviews, Straight Shooter Reviews, Straight Shooter Reviews (Feature Documentary) | 0 comments

In 1970s Scotland, a musical wave swelled with energy. The genre of punk music attracted a tenacious following, thriving on the raw energy of its performers and fan base. So fast-moving that it almost instantly transitioned into post-punk, this movement suddenly gave many young people a voice- and a tenacious audience for their music.

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Adolfo Pérez Esquivel: Rivers of Hope (Straight Shooter Review)

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Featured, Straight Shooter Reviews, Straight Shooter Reviews (Feature Documentary) | 1 comment

The worldwide stage was re-reminded of Argentina when Cardinal Bergoglio was chosen from that country in 2013 by the Catholic Church to become its new Pope. But before Pope Francis was awarded his own Nobel Peace prize, there was another notable countryman of his had earned it.

Argentina has a history that goes back hundreds of years. A rich culture and heritage had made it the bread basket of South America, but, for half of the 20th century, vicious dictators rose to power, enslaving the nation and “vanishing” people who didn’t agree with their methods.

Against this horrific backdrop, Rivers of Hope documents the story of Nobel Peace laureate, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel. Esquivel was orphaned at three and raised in convents, later with his blind father (whom famed Evita Perone helped grant a pension), and finally with a grandmother in an indigenous tribe. His attempts to stand up for those without voices would get him brutally imprisoned and, later, nearly killed. His survival is nothing short of astonishing, as was his rise to help Argetina regain its memory of the past—so they might not be destined to repeat it—and his establishment of Peace Villages to help teach much needed skills to those who had no one to teach them.

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Behind the Scenes of “Total Hell” (Straight Shooter Film Review)

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Straight Shooter Reviews (Feature Documentary), Straight Shooter Reviews (Feature Narrative) | 21 comments

Jamie Gunn (Grey McCulloch) is a director with a budget that is inversely proportional to his ego, and an artistic vision that is as directionless as Helen Keller trying to play Marco Polo. Through sheer force of personality, he manages to convince a handful of people to help him make his cinematic opus: Totalitarian Hell. Armed with all the smug self-assurance...

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