Regarding: A Pint for Oscar
Dear Bill Kirk,
I’m not surprised to read that you remember the night you got your Oscar. Most people do. I always bring it along when I screen a film or give a presentation to share it with the audience. Hundreds of thousands of people have held it all over the world. I suspect we were returning from a screening at UNC or Duke the night we stopped in at Spanky’s.
I have a few comments and corrections I hope you will welcome. For starters, the bronze plaque which is attached to the Oscar is screwed on, not glued on.
Of the trio of women you met, only I was one of the “winners”. The other “winner” is David Kasper, though I believe the biggest winners are the American public and the people of Panama.
Let me clarify what the film is about. The Panama Deception reveals the untold story of the 1989 US invasion of Panama, the events which led to it, the excessive force used, the enormity of the death and destruction and the devastating aftermath. It sheds light on the true motivation for the invasion and explains how and why the mainstream media collaborated with the US government to censor information and deceive the public. It is a poignant and alarming reflection of the government deception, media misinformation, war for profit and ideological fanaticism that eerily repeats itself today.
I’m not sure what you meant by “left-wing radical filmmakers”. Speaking truth to power is surely radical. Media, including The NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and other influential papers initially supported the war. In the end they printed praises for our film’s ability to ‘deal with the explanations for the military intervention singly and devastatingly.’ What is radical is that they eventually acknowledged that they had behaved as propagandists for the government, a policy that continues today.
By the way, it used to cost $300 to return each Oscar to The Academy en-route to R.S. Owens foundry in Chicago to have the Oscar repaired and re-gilded, which we have done twice with each of our Oscars. The Academy told me today it would be $1,500, not counting repairs (Some people drop it), which means I may never be able to spiff it up again. How sad. I like to let people hold it, but I also like for them to hold something that still resembles an Oscar
I hope you come and introduce yourself this Mothers Day, May 12th between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at The Station in Carrboro, where the Oscar will be meeting and greeting along with David and I at the Big Boss Brewing Company’s Elderberry Cask Party. Donations will go to Empowerment Project and Old Oak Homestead. Bring your camera. I’ll buy you a drink.
The Panama Deception
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