Doug Liman Seeks Contributors to Reckoning with Torture Film
Our Reckoning with Torture film project enters its final phase today with director Doug Liman’s national call for citizen-contributed video footage and the launch of reckoningwithtorture.org, an innovative web site where users can follow simple instructions to shoot and upload their clips. Liman posted the video below, asking all of us to contribute readings for the Reckoning With Torture movie. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbE2yz0VFiQ The project grows out of the powerful series of Reckoning readings PEN and the ACLU have staged over the last three years showcasing declassified documents that detail America’s post-9/11 torture program. Liman, whose feature credits include The Bourne Identity, Fair Game, and Swingers, joined the project in late 2010, and since then has staged and filmed major Reckoning performances at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. In those performances, leading writers and actors including Annie Proulx, Russell Banks, Robert Redford, Dianne Wiest, and Rula Jebreal read documents alongside former military and intelligence officers and Col. Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor of the Guantánamo military commission. As you’ll see when you visit the new Reckoning with Torture web site, we are already getting submissions of clips people have shot of themselves, their friends, and their neighbors reading from the documents—wonderful videos that have been recorded by ordinary people on ordinary cameras and cell phones. The web site has step-by-step instructions that make it possible for anyone to download the documents, shoot a reading, and upload it directly to the site. This fall, Liman will select the best submissions and intercut them with footage from the staged performances to create a feature-length movie that stars Americans from all walks of life standing alongside prominent cultural figures to read the record of this country’s torture program.