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How 9/11 Changed Hollywood – And Is ‘Still Grappling’ With the Terror Attacks 20 Years Later

How 9/11 Changed Hollywood – And Is ‘Still Grappling’ With the Terror Attacks 20 Years Later
Twenty years after the Twin Towers at Manhattan’s World Trade Center fell on September 11, 2001, Hollywood is still grappling with the repercussions — along with the rest of America. Stories and storytelling were changed both in the short and long term. The world was no longer seen in black and white, and filmmakers started down a long road toward reassessing the types of narratives to fit the rapid and profound changes in society. “We’re still grappling with how this era has changed us. And in some ways, probably the great films of the post-9/11 era possibly haven’t even been made yet,” filmmaker Greg Barker, director of the documentary “Detainee 001,” told TheWrap. “We’ll be living with this shock to our national psyche for some time.” TheWrap spoke with 20 filmmakers, industry executives and journalists who shared their memories of 9/11 and how they feel Hollywood and the media have evolved in the years since.
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‘Detainee 001’: Showtime’s John Walker Lindh Doc Producers On The Lessons Of ‘American Taliban’s Story

‘Detainee 001’: Showtime’s John Walker Lindh Doc Producers On The Lessons Of ‘American Taliban’s Story
With the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, Emmy Award-winning director Greg Barker and producer Tresha Mabile from Showtime’s upcoming doc Detainee 001 discussed the lessons they learned from John Walker Lindh’s story. The documentary will premiere on Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt.

“Watching the documentary now given what’s happened, John, in the great scheme of things, was on the winning side,” Barker said during the network’s TCA press day on Wednesday. “It’s hard to say what the lesson is right now given all that’s going on right now and how heart-wrenching it is for those of us who know people in Afghanistan.”

Mabile adds, “What I would’ve liked to have seen was a transition to a peacekeeping mission because 2,000 troops in Afghanistan is nothing—that’s why we have a military. I think the Afghan people wanted us to be there. [Donald] Trump
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‘Detainee 001’: Showtime Sets Premiere Date For Documentary About ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh

‘Detainee 001’: Showtime Sets Premiere Date For Documentary About ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh
Exclusive: Showtime Documentary Films reveals Detainee 001, from Emmy-winning director Greg Barker about the life of John Walker Lindh, will premiere on Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt.

The documentary dives into the mysteries that led a young American man, who became known as the “American Taliban,” to the battlefield in Afghanistan fighting alongside the people who were supposed to be his enemy.

Lindh pleaded guilty in 2002 for aiding the Taliban and his role in the uprising that led to the first American casualty of the war in Afghanistan, CIA officer Johnny Micheal Spann, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was released on probation in 2019 after serving 17 years of his sentence.

Barker did not interact with Lindh directly for the project but he did engage with members of his family during production. His current whereabouts are unknown.

“I’ve made a lot of films about our post-9/11 era, but for me,
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‘Fauda’ Creators Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz Extend Pact With Netflix

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‘Fauda’ Creators Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz Extend Pact With Netflix
Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz, the creatives behind the critically acclaimed political thriller “Fauda,” have extended their existing creative pact with Netflix following the success of their new action thriller, “Hit & Run.” The show, starring Raz as Segev Azulai, premiered last Friday and made its debut in Netflix’s Top 10.

Hit & Run” centers on a happily married man, whose life is turned upside down when his wife is killed in a mysterious hit-and-run accident in Tel Aviv. Grief-stricken and confused, he searches for his wife’s killers, who have fled to the U.S. With the help of ex-lover Naomi Hicks (Sanaa Lathan), he uncovers disturbing truths about his beloved wife and the secrets she kept from him. Other cast members include Kaelen Ohm, Moran Rosenblatt, Gregg Henry, Lior Ashkenazi, Gal Toren and Neta Orbach.

The series is co-created and executive produced by Issacharoff and Raz, founders and
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Avi Issacharoff & Lior Raz’s Faraway Road Productions Re-Up Overall Deal With Netflix

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Avi Issacharoff & Lior Raz’s Faraway Road Productions Re-Up Overall Deal With Netflix
Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz’s Faraway Road Productions have renewed their overall television deal with Netflix and will work with the streamer to develop and produce original programming.

The re-upped deal extends the Fauda creators’ collaboration with Netflix. Issacharoff and Raz first worked with Netflix for Fauda, an acclaimed Israeli political thriller that debuted in 2015 and is currently in pre-production for Season 4. In 2017 Netflix then ordered two English-language drama projects from Issacharoff and Raz. The latest Netflix title from the creative duo is Hit & Run, which debuted on Friday, August 6.

Starring Raz, Hit & Run follows a happily married man whose life is turned upside down when his wife is killed in a mysterious hit and run accident in Tel Aviv. Grief-stricken and confused, he searches for his wife’s killers, who have fled to the U.S. With the help of an ex-lover, (Sanaa Lathan), he uncovers
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Lior Raz, Avi Issacharoff ‘Hit’ the Ground Running with Faraway Road Productions

Lior Raz, Avi Issacharoff ‘Hit’ the Ground Running with Faraway Road Productions
Lior Raz is ready to take Hollywood by storm. Over lunch at the Sunset Marquis, the Israeli actor-cum-co-creator of “Fauda,” the high-octane thriller focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is primed for what comes next. Most specifically he’s focused on his recently-launched Faraway Road Productions and nine-part crime drama “Hit and Run,” which bows Aug. 6 on Netflix.

The series, which follows a Tel Aviv-based tour guide whose wife is killed in a mysterious hit and run accident, was co-created with writer-journalist Avi Issacharoff, whom Raz met during their compulsory army duty and with whom Raz has not only developed and birthed “Fauda,” but also a steady parade of upcoming titles for both film and TV under their Faraway Road umbrella.

The focus, says Raz is “to make TV shows and stories that bring out new voices, different voices, foreign voices.”

Bridget Wiley, formerly executive vice president of current programming at CBS,
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AFI Docs Festival Marks a Return to D.C. Screens

AFI Docs Festival Marks a Return to D.C. Screens
Running June 22-27, the AFI Docs festival will bring a smorgasbord of nonfiction offerings to the greater Washington, D.C., area, screening 77 features in both the nation’s capital and nearby Silver Spring, Md. As with almost every festival making a provisional return to in-person events this summer, AFI Docs is approaching its 19th edition as a hybrid fest, with online components making up for the limitations on physical capacity.

But as AFI Festivals director of programming Sarah Harris points out, the American Film Institute, which puts on the event, finds itself in the unusual position of organizing its third virtual festival since the start of the pandemic. AFI Docs was one of the first to go fully virtual last summer, and then the organization also put on its flagship namesake festival online in the fall, so “we knew we could build on that experience and make this one great,
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AFI Docs Announces Slate For 2021 Festival: World Premieres Include ‘Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union,’ ‘White Coat Rebels’ And ‘The Slow Hustle’

AFI Docs Announces Slate For 2021 Festival: World Premieres Include ‘Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union,’ ‘White Coat Rebels’ And ‘The Slow Hustle’
AFI Docs, the non-fiction film festival held each June in the D.C. area, announced a slate that includes four world premieres, including Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union.

Other feature film and series world premieres include The Slow Hustle, from director Sonja Sohn, focusing on a corruption scandal in the Baltimore police department; White Coat Rebels, from Greg Barker, looking at the outsized influence of Big Pharma and the medical professionals pushing back against it; and the previously announced Naomi Osaka, which will open the festival. Directed by Garrett Bradley, the project profiles the tennis star.

The festival runs from June 22-27, with a mixture of virtual and in-person screenings. The latter will be at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD.

The festival will close with the previously announced close with Cusp, and the centerpiece screening will be Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.
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AFI Docs 2021 Boasts Profiles of Bourdain, Obama, Osaka, and Petty

AFI Docs 2021 Boasts Profiles of Bourdain, Obama, Osaka, and Petty
The 2021 summer film festival season is continuing forward, slightly off-kilter, with Tribeca in June and Cannes in July, before the fall season takes off with in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York. The American Film Institute’s AFI Docs 2021 (June 22-27), which is skewed toward the virtual, (much like the lockdown iteration of 2020), will screen 77 Films from 23 countries, opening with Garrett Bradley’s “Naomi Osaka”, a world premiere of the upcoming mini-series about the tennis champion, and closing with Isabel Bethencourt and Parker Hill’s Sundance 2021 premiere “Cusp.” Morgan Neville’s Tribeca 2021 debut “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” as the centerpiece gala.

Like last year, all the films will be available to view online at Docs.AFI.com, plus in-person screenings at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Select films will be available with closed captioning and descriptive audio. 52 percent of the films are directed by women,
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AFI Docs 2021 Boasts Profiles of Bourdain, Obama, Osaka, and Petty

AFI Docs 2021 Boasts Profiles of Bourdain, Obama, Osaka, and Petty
The 2021 summer film festival season is continuing forward, slightly off-kilter, with Tribeca in June and Cannes in July, before the fall season takes off with in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York. The American Film Institute’s AFI Docs 2021 (June 22-27), which is skewed toward the virtual, (much like the lockdown iteration of 2020), will screen 77 Films from 23 countries, opening with Garrett Bradley’s “Naomi Osaka”, a world premiere of the upcoming mini-series about the tennis champion, and closing with Isabel Bethencourt and Parker Hill’s Sundance 2021 premiere “Cusp.” Morgan Neville’s Tribeca 2021 debut “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” as the centerpiece gala.

Like last year, all the films will be available to view online at Docs.AFI.com, plus in-person screenings at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Select films will be available with closed captioning and descriptive audio. 52 percent of the films are directed by women,
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Garret Dillahunt Signs with APA (Exclusive)

Garret Dillahunt Signs with APA (Exclusive)
Fear the Walking Dead star Garret Dillahunt has signed with APA.

Dillahunt, who moves over to the Hollywood talent agency from rival UTA, also appears in Greg Barker’s Netflix Iraq drama Sergio, and will next be seen in writer-director Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, opposite Dave Bautista, also for Netflix.

His other TV credits include playing two different characters on HBO’s Deadwood, Hand of God for Amazon, The Mindy Project for Hulu, the Fox comedy Raising Hope, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, John From Cincinnati, The Book of Daniel, ER, The 4400, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Criminal Minds and Burn Notice....
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Greg Barker

Greg Barker
The director of Sergio and many docs talks about docs and movies taken from true stories.

Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode

Sergio (2009)

Sergio (2020)

Reds (1981)

The Two Popes (2019)

Rules Don’t Apply (2016)

Bulworth (1998)

Dick Tracy (1990)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

Innerspace (1987)

Ishtar (1987)

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Man On Wire (2008)

The Fog of War (2003)

American Dharma (2018)

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016)

The Killing Fields (1984)

The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)

Under Fire (1983)

Salvador (1986)

The Quiet American (2002)

The Quiet American (1958)

A Private War (2018)

The War Room (1993)

The Final Year (2017)

Independence Day (1996)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Bloodsport (1988)

Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite (1996)

When We Were Kings (1996)

Soul Power (2008)

High School (1968)

Hospital (1970)

Titicut Follies (1967)

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007)

Before Night Falls (2000)

At Eternity’s Gate (2018)

American Factory (2019)

Dina (2017)

Honeyland (2019)

The Act of Killing (2012)

The English Patient (1996)

Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990)

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Purple Noon (1960)

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'Sergio' struggles to hold attention

'Sergio' struggles to hold attention
"Sergio" stars Brazilian ace Wagner Moura -- that's Pablo Escobar in "Narcos" for you -- with Cuban origin actress Ana de Armas. You've seen her knock on the doors of global stardom with "Knives Out" so far, and she is the next Bond girl in "No Time To Die". The mainstream marquee introduction would be enough for most to check out this biopic.

Those who dig deeper into international cinema, though, would perhaps want to check out the name of the director. Greg Barker's resume as a chronicler of contemporary human history includes brilliant documentary efforts as "Koran By Heart" and "The Longest War". That in itself gives this project added heft.

With "Sergio", Barker moves into feature film terrain. The film is a bio-pic of Brazilian United Nations diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello, a titan of world socio-politics whose efforts at international harmony and security left a global impact.
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"Sergio" On Netflix

"Sergio" is the new biographical drama feature, about 'United Nations' diplomat 'Sérgio Vieira de Mello', directed by Greg Barker, starring Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, Garret Dillahunt, Clemens Schick, Will Dalton, Bradley Whitford and Brían F. O'Byrne, now streaming on Netflix:

"...in 2003 the Un 'Special Rep' in Iraq 'Sérgio Vieira de Mello' is a victim of a bombing and becomes trapped in the basement of the hotel where he was working in Baghdad.

"Three months earlier against the advice of his girlfriend and co-worker 'Carolina' (Ana de Armas), Sergio decides to go to Baghdad after the 2003 invasion of Iraq in order to help Iraqis achieve independence and negotiate the withdrawal of American troops. He soon comes to a disagreement with American diplomat 'Paul Bremer' who disagrees with his methods..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Sergio"...
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‘Sergio’ Director Greg Barker Discusses His Netflix Movie & Why He’s Drawn to This True Story

‘Sergio’ Director Greg Barker Discusses His Netflix Movie & Why He’s Drawn to This True Story
From director Greg Barker, who also directed a documentary about the same subject in 2009, the Netflix original film Sergio tells the real-life story of Sergio Vieira de Mello (played by Narcos alum Wagner Moura), a complex man who spent the majority of his career as a top United Nations diplomat navigating deals with everyone from presidents to war criminals, in order to protect the lives of the people. But after he takes one last assignment in Baghdad following the U.S. invasion, a bomb blast brings the Un headquarters crashing down on him, forcing him to confront his …
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‘Sergio’ Review: Wagner Moura and Ana de Armas Bolster a Fussy, Unfocused Biopic

‘Sergio’ Review: Wagner Moura and Ana de Armas Bolster a Fussy, Unfocused Biopic
Just five days after the creation of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, a lone suicide bomber drove an explosive-filled truck onto the grounds of Baghdad’s Canal Hotel, long used as the Iraq headquarters of the Un, and detonated its payload. Nearly two dozen people died in the bombing, and the lasting impact of the attack changed the course of Un diplomacy forever. It also ended the life of the beloved Un diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello, who had undertaken the job in Iraq as a likely send-off to a storied career, the final stop in a life spent in service to others.

All that is not immediately clear in the opening of Greg Barker’s unfocused “Sergio,” which follows Vieira de Mello (Wagner Moura) through One moment, Sergio is screaming for help, the next, he’s back swimming in the warm waters of his native Rio. The
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Sergio (2020) | Review

Sergio (2020) | Review
The Last Thing He Wanted: Barker Resurrects Martyred Diplomat in Feature Debut

Documentarian Greg Barker returns to the subject of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello for his narrative debut Sergio, retaining the same name of his 2009 documentary about the political figure who was killed in the 2003 bombing of the U.N. Headquarters in Baghdad upon the orders of Abu Masab al-Zarqawi.

Said bombing provides the bookends for Barker’s latest examination of de Mello, whose accomplishments pepper what’s basically an elongated montage of his budding romance with Carolina Larriera via flashback as he lies in the rubble.…
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'I just don't see how this ends': a sobering new film on the Afghan war

'I just don't see how this ends': a sobering new film on the Afghan war
In The Longest War, documentarian Greg Barker places America’s intervention in Afghanistan under the microscope

For the past eight years, Showtime’s geopolitical thriller Homeland has spun twisty prestige drama from the goings-on behind the scenes of the war on terror. As Carrie Mathison, the CIA operative turned private contractor turned non-profit worker turned presidential adviser turned gulag prisoner at the center of the series, Claire Danes has put an expressive face on America’s deeply flawed, ethically dubious intervention in the Middle East. But for the final season, which wraps up this month, the producers wanted to de-sensationalize and get back to the hard facts.

Related: The Innocence Files: a shocking Netflix series on wrongful convictions

The Longest War premieres in the Us on Showtime on 19 April and at the UK at a later date
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‘Sergio’ Star Wagner Moura Has a Plan to Break Down Latin Stereotypes in Hollywood

‘Sergio’ Star Wagner Moura Has a Plan to Break Down Latin Stereotypes in Hollywood
You might recognize Wagner Moura starring as the late United Nations diplomat Sérgio Vieira de Mello in Netflix’s new film “Sergio.” Or maybe not. Moura looked a lot different when he earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2016 for his work as Pablo Escobar in the first two seasons of the streamer’s “Narcos.”

He packed on 40 pounds for his portrayal of the notorious Colombian drug kingpin. “I was hanging out with [my kids] and eating whatever they were having — pizzas and burgers,” the Brazilian actor says during an appearance on this week’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.” “But there was a point when that started to make me feel really bad because that wasn’t my body and I was just eating junk food.”

Fortunately, playing Vieira de Mello — who spent more than three decades as the U.N. diplomat from Brazil brokering peace
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Sergio review – fact-based Netflix Un drama opts for old school romance

Sergio review – fact-based Netflix Un drama opts for old school romance
Wagner Moura and Ana de Armas give strong performances in a mostly effective retelling of the life and tragic death of a celebrated Brazilian diplomat

There’s an old school charm to Sergio, documentarian Greg Barker’s narrative portrait of Un diplomat Sérgio Vieira de Mello, a dramatic retelling of a life he already brought to the screen in a 2009 documentary of the same name. Barker’s knowledge of Sérgio’s life and accomplishments is backgrounded by a clear respect for who he was and so while the film is factually detailed, as one would expect, it’s also rooted in a desire to showcase his humanity, both in and out of work, with Barker deciding to lean into full-tilt romantic tragedy, perhaps also as a way of differentiating his two Sergios.

Related: Love Wedding Repeat review – laboured Netflix romcom farce
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