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Left of the Dial
- Commentary by Randi Rhodes and Marc Maron with filmmakers Patrick Farrelly and Kate OCallaghan
- Deleted scenes
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As mentioned by reviewers, Randi Rhodes is THE surprise of the film. I find her radio show to be fun and energizing...but only in small doses. She can be rather shrill & grating to my ears but I was very glad to see her in a more intimate light.
The DVD has two audio commentary tracks, #1 with Randi and Marc Maron, #2 with filmmakers Farrelly and O'Callaghan (BOTH TRACKS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!) but sadly, no subtitles/close captioning of any kind. There are several excellent special features: Deleted Scenes, Interviews with Randi, Chuck D, and Janeane Garofalo but the 20-minute Q&A segment with the filmmakers at the Jacob Burns Film Center is a special treat.
The film and commentaries revealed some of the massive internal problems - deception, infighting and clash of personalities / philosophies - which, by all accounts, should have sunk this venture. The fact that Air America is very much alive and growing is a testament to the passion and commitment of the staff, and to the very real need that they serve in an America with policies and doctrines that Thomas Jefferson would neither recognize nor approve.
I had the pleasure to attend a live broadcast of Al Franken's show in Los Angeles (AM 1150) and the venue was jam packed full of people. So Air America has an audience and it's growing every day.
Against all these obstacles, there had to be intense soul-searching, anger, and frustration. These personal stories, however, are largely absent from the film. Instead, we get a sort-of fly-on-the-wall view of the efforts to get the network on the air and then keep it there. There are times when the film comes close to personal stories, notably with Janeane Garofalo and her father (a Bush Republican), but even there, the one face-to-face debate between the two is cut short.
The shame is that here was a film with the potential for so much more. The odds were certainly against the network, and the passion of those who stuck with it through truly trying times would have made for compelling viewing. (Documentaries such as Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, and ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had only seen this on VHS. It needs an update with more captioning options so I can choose to read the commentary while hearing the dialogue. Read morePublished 1 month ago by domnogin
very interesting movie, but as poorly organized as Air America was. Randi Rhodes is still going strong, and if you are a fan, this is a great view of her at work. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by nonamespecified
This movie was an attempt by "Air America" to document the win in 2004 by John Kerry, yet something went wrong... he Lost. Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by W. R. Jones
This documentary is basically a lot of raw footage of the behind-the-scenes going on at Air America during the launch phase and through the first financial crisis ending with the... Read morePublished on October 13, 2007 by lighten_up_already2
I live in Europe where the process of semi-fascist radio and television programmes has not occurred (thank God), but as one who has more or less followed the careers of druggie... Read morePublished on May 4, 2007 by Karlis Streips
This is an extremely entertaining film documenting the inept and corrupt "minds" behind Err America. Read morePublished on June 30, 2006 by S. Shelton
This "documentary" has the look and feel of THIS IS SPINAL TAP: the situations are absurd and the characters are ridiculous but there's a harsh feeling of reality to the... Read morePublished on April 26, 2006 by The JuRK
soros cannot support this forever, air america eventually has to survive on it's own. there are indications it's already on it's last legs. Read morePublished on April 22, 2006 by John J. Avery
But how can you not love Air America. Who would have thought originally that Randi Rhodes would have been in debt to become the voice of Air America? Read morePublished on April 6, 2006 by G. A SENDEROFF