1. Weekly Address: Giving Government Back to the American People


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    As the President beats back lobbyists seeking to weaken Wall Street Reform, he talks about an even broader threat that would vastly expand the influence of massive industries and their lobbyists in Washington. A recent Supreme Court decision opened the floodgates for corporations, including foreign corporations, to spend endless money on political ads that would give them even more power at the expense of American families – the President pledges to fight for reforms to stem that influence.

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    • SKY BLUE COLLAR - Directed by Derek Frey Written by The Minor Prophets (HD)


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      SKY BLUE COLLAR Running Time: 8 minutes TAGLINE: Mutiny on a Forklift A businessman and a carpet installer enjoy a wild and playful friendship, but when their class-conscious bosses pressure them to steer clear of each other, the Romeo and Juliet of the workaday world must decide what's more important: how we make a living, or who we're living for. Starring Matt Amadio, Tim Flanagan, Steve Kuzmick & Gil Damon Directed & Produced by Derek Frey Written by The Minor Prophets Cinematography by Derek Frey Edited by Derek Frey Featuring the song "Little People" by The Fleeting Ends Best Director of a Short Film - Chicago Comedy Film Festival Best Comedy - Red Dirt Film Festival Best Picture - International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance, Musical Best Director -International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance, Musical Best Cinematography- International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance, Musical Best Comedy - ITSFILM.COM International Short Film Competition Best Short Narrative Film - Moondance Film Festival Quarter Finalist - 2013 NexTV Indie Film Competition Honorable Mention - 2014 Workers Unite Film Festival Official Selections: 2013 Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival 2013 Independent Film Quarterly (IFQ) Film & Webisode Festival 2013 Santa Monica Independent Film Festival 2013 Rumschpringe International Film Festival 2013 Red Dirt International Film Festival 2013 Vegas Cine Fest 2014 Mockfest Film Festival 2014 Dam Short Film Festival 2013 Best Shorts Film Competition 2013 Atlanta Shortfest 2013 International Film Festival for Comedy, Romance & Musical 2013 International Freethought Film Festival 2014 Lucerne International Film Festival 2014 New Hope Film Festival 2014 Santa Fe Film Festival 2014 Ft. Myers Beach Film Festival 2014 Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival 2014 Festival De Cannes DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY: SKY BLUE COLLAR marks my fourth collaboration with Philadelphia's premiere comedic troupe, THE MINOR PROPHETS. It's been a creatively inspiring and rewarding relationship these last 7 years. Our previous endeavor, THE BALLAD OF SANDEEP, proved a huge success, appearing in over 30 film festivals around the world and winning over a dozen awards. We've been hard at work this past year creating a feature film screenplay based on that short. I asked if they had any ideas that could be shot quickly in a contained environment. They dusted off the screenplay for Sky Blue Collar which they wrote a few years ago, but never got around to filming. My goal was to create a lean short under 10 minutes considering the 30 minute running time of The Ballad of Sandeep proved too long for some short film festivals. Once we compared schedules there was really only one date that worked for us to shoot and it fell just after Christmas which proved challenging considering commitments around the holidays. We pushed forward with the plan. In the days leading up the shoot the forecast called for a rare December snowfall, which I secretly hoped for but doubted would materialize. As I loaded up my vehicle the morning of the shoot snow began fall lightly. By the time we were rolling camera at Ascot Carpets in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania the snow began to pickup considerably. Knowing it wouldn't last long we quickly reordered our shooting day and grabbed the shots needed to capitalize on the scenic conditions. We filmed at that perfect time in a storm - when the snow on the ground is untouched and the flakes grow large before tapering off. Driving a forklift on suburban streets was always going to be a challenge but driving a forklift on a slick snow covered road was a whole other level of insanity. It was a challenging and physically demanding marathon shoot but everything came together without a hitch. Sky Blue Collar continues the twisted social commentary with a beating heart that one would expect from The Minor Prophets/Derek Frey production. VANCOUVER WEEKLY - Two Handers, for the most part – Vancouver International Film Festival My two absolute favourite shorts of the night just happened to be the two shortest films in the package: Sky Blue Collar (dir. Derek Frey, 8 mins) and In Passing (dir. Alan Miller, 5 mins). Sky Blue Collar is a modern day twist of the Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet, only here, it is the tale of a businessman and carpet warehouseman who must sneak away from their class-conscious bosses to share a joyous ride on a forklift. By use of subtle dialogue and delightful acting, viewers are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about the details of the relationship. Both Sky Blue Collar and In Passing engage their viewers in serious topics, but they do so in silly, unique and uplifting ways. Both shorts work so well, they stand alone. They both tell complete, interesting, and engaging stories, and do so in less than ten minutes.Some stories are just meant to be short.

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      • Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes VOD


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        If our political system is like a game of Monopoly, how can outsiders have a voice when only money speaks? John Ennis documents comical corruption, follows political newcomers, and uncovers intrigue in this colorful journey that connects the dots of Big Money in our ever-challenging election process. Driven to make the world better for his newborn daughter, Ennis looks for ways outsiders can lead when our country is run by insiders and pay-to-play politics. He journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of America’s past time, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. From billionaires meeting in secret to citizens taking to the streets, PAY 2 PLAY follows the money and connects the dots in this portrait of People Power rising.

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        • Full Show: Is the Surpreme Court Out of Order?


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          The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women's health splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative/liberal divide. Bill speaks with Linda Greenhouse, a NY Times columnist and Dahlia Lithwick and a senior editor at Slate, about the rulings.

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          • Is the Surpreme Court Out of Order?


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            The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women's health splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative/liberal divide. Bill speaks with Linda Greenhouse, a NY Times columnist and Dahlia Lithwick and a senior editor at Slate, about the rulings.

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            • The One-Percent Court September 14, 2012 Full Show


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              Because of partisan gridlock in Washington, the Supreme Court has become the most powerful and outspoken branch of government – decisions they make shape our democracy’s fate for generations to come. Now, one has only to look at Bush v. Gore, Citizens United, and the Affordable Care Act rulings to understand why some call it a “one-percent Court” -- dedicated by majority rule to preserving the power and influence of a minority of wealthy special interests. This week on Moyers & Company, The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and Jamie Raskin, constitutional law professor and Maryland state senator, join Bill to discuss how the uncontested power of the Supreme Court is changing our elections, our country, and our lives. The two joined forces for a special upcoming issue of The Nation entitled “The One Percent Court.” Also on the program, Bill talks with Craig Unger, author of Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power, about Rove’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering and collaborations to once again affect the outcome of a presidential election.

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              • Road Wars - (INR's Manhigut Mondays - 1/07/10)


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                Road Wars - (INR's Manhigut Mondays - 1/07/10). Yishai Fleisher's weekly discussion with Moshe Feiglin on the issues facing Israel and its leaders today.

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                • Occupy LSX Brings Back The Magna Carta in the Supreme Court


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                  Shot 13 Feb 2012 + Archival Footage Filmmaker Inka Stafrace Tammy Samede, George Barda, Daniel Ashman, Paul Randall Joliffe from Occupy LSX and Steve Moore from Anonymous UK all submitted separate applications to appeal the ruling Justice Lindblom served in the High Court in January 2012. The most exciting element delivered on Feb 13 was that the Magna Carta Section 29 is still statute law. This was confirmed by the Master of the Rolls in the Supreme Court, London. Its significance is the clause stipulating the right to remedy. This means that protesters have a right under statute to have their grievances remedied in negotiation with the authorities. Stay tuned! Get involved.

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                  • All in the Scalia


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                    Let's visit that lovable Supreme Court father figure, Antonin Scalia, as he sings his homage to race and equality in the United States. Can't wait until the Court rules on the Voting Rights Act! A Mark Fiore political animation.

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                    • Occupy Congress


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                      Heading off the Occupy Congress march on January 17, 2012, singer/songwriter Joe Nolan sang his anthem "Occupy Song" on the East Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. In this film, Joe's music accompanies the march up Capitol Hill, ending at the Supreme Court. From there, the film takes a vérité style U-turn as it follows the march down Pennsylvania Avenue, ending at the White House. As the companion piece to a combination of "Zucotti Park Zoo: Being There" and its musical sibling "Payroll | Occupy" that I filmed in New York City last October, this film visualizes the Occupy movement against a backdrop of democratic iconography - there are weirdly beautiful moments in this film. I never expected, after moving here over ten years ago, that it would take so long to see anything of this revolutionary magnitude. The debate over Occupy's message, its means, and its virtue is to me distinct from its extraordinary visual wealth. Music and lyrics by Joe Nolan | http://joenolan.com Filmed and edited by H. Paul Moon | Zen Violence Films | http://zenviolence.com

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