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Art professor Steve Kurtz's nightmare began on May 11, 2004, when he awoke to find his wife Hope dead of a heart attack. Paramedics responding to his 911 call, suspicious of petri dishes and scientific paraphenalia in his house (materials for an art project on genetically modified food) contacted the FBI, and soon his world was turned upside down. Only hours after his wife s tragic death he was suddenly a murder suspect, an accused bioterrorist, and a pariah to all but his closest friends.
Told through a unique blend of interviews, documentary footage, and reconstructed scenes starring Tilda Swinton, Thomas Jay Ryan, and Peter Coyote, Hershman s critically-acclaimed film is a sophisticated, look at how the traumatic events of 9/11 altered American society and undermined its long-held values.
Extras on the DVD include: Theatrical Trailer, Filmmaker Interviews, Outtakes and Filmmaker Biography.
- Theatrical trailer
- Filmmaker interviews
- Filmmaker biography
Top Customer Reviews
I've seen this docudrama twice now. It offers a penetrating yet quite understated commentary on the emergence of what author Bertram Gross once described as "friendly fascism" - not the jackboots, uniforms and screeching rhetoric, but our 'friendly protection' from terrorism, and at the same time our 'protection' from lingering anxieties concerning genetically modified foods. You wouldn't think all this would come together in a single FBI case, currently pending. But it has. In Buffalo, New York.
One of the poignant features of this film is the determinedly honest picture it paints of the warm but intermittently irritable relation between Steve Kurtz, the central surviving character in this tragedy, and his wife of many years (played by Tilda Swinton), the day before she suddenly died. So is the portrayal of the acute fears of a student of 'Middle Eastern' origin, as he decides whether or not to sign a petition of support for Kurtz, one of his most respected university instructors.
Ask not for whom the bell tolls... This film needs knowing.
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we have, the better. When I watched this movie, I took notes with the hopes
of doing a piece about it as a freelance writer. Editors thought the story had been sufficiently told. Ironically, I pitched it the week that CIA tapes mysteriously disappeared. One of the quotes from the movie is
"Freedom is knowledge." If we don't educate ourselves about
what is happening in our country, we are doomed. Luckily, we have courageous documentary film makers that are willing to put themselves on the line to
make sure that the rest of us know what is going on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
That is, the wedge a police state drives between the citizens and personal freedoms. In this case, the freedoms are artistic, but the artists just lead where other amateur... Read morePublished 17 months ago by wiredweird
This very well done docu drama about the still unresolved and wrongly based prosecution of artist Stephen Kurtz for bio-terrorism is powerful because it is without hype and... Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by Lindsay N. Bowker
The oscillating format of re-enactments and the traditional documentary approach made this film engaging. Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by Sniff Code
No doubt a good review of what can happen in our paranoid times. BUT, it takes a great deal of patience to stay with this film. Read morePublished on August 17, 2008 by Larry D. Cooper