Variety’s Justin Chang reviewed Jigsaw Productions’ latest film, “The Armstrong Lie,” focusing on the layered nature of the film. Director Alex Gibney started by following Lance Armstrong’s return to the Tour de France in 2009 but changed course as allegations of Armstrong’s doping made headlines again. Chang writes, “What might have once been a largely admiring, celebratory documentary was derailed by the re-emergence of doping allegations that had persistently plagued the fabled athlete; investigations by federal prosecutors and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency led to his eventual public confession and downfall. The result is a much more critical, sobering and, naturally, fascinating film about a figure who had seemingly overcome the worst kind of adversity and achieved miraculous success on the basis of talent and commitment alone.” The film screens at the Venice Film Festival tonight, and it will have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8.
Alex Gibney’s newest film, “The Armstrong Lie,” will premiere at the Venice Film Festival this fall, and will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film features a multi-year account of Armstrong’s life in cycling.
Jigsaw and HBO’s 2012 film “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God” won an early Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking! The award was a juried winner — meaning judges voted unanimously — and it was the only documentary to receive an early Emmy. The film has also been nominated for 5 other Emmys, including Outstanding Directing, Writing, and Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming. Check back on September 15 to find out if “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God” won.
In the wake of Bradley Manning’s court martial verdict on July 30, many took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the matter. Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy, but found guilty of violating the Espionage Act, stealing government property, among other charges. The trial centered around Manning’s role in leaking military records and secrets — a story recounted in Jigsaw’s 2013 film, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.” Director Alex Gibney expressed his reaction on Twitter: Re: Bradley Manning- In military courts, a judge has tremendous discretion in sentencing. Now would be a good time for voices to be raised. — Alex Gibney (@BaLueBolivar) July 30, 2013 Julian Assange released a statement later in the day to denounce the verdict as “dangerous.” This is the first ever espionage conviction against a whistleblower. It is a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism. It is a short sighted judgment that can not be tolerated and must be reversed. It can never be that conveying true information to the public is ’espionage’. WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and Jen Robinson suggested the legal precedent is bad for whistleblowers: Bradley Manning’s convictions today include 5 courts of espionage. A very serious new precedent for supplying information the press. — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 30, 2013 Verdict in #Manning proceedings means that whistleblowing = espionage. First ever successful espionage conviction against a whistleblower. — Jen Robinson (@suigenerisjen) July 30, 2013 Statement by Julian Assange on Verdict in Bradley Manning Court-Martial http://t.co/0vby8C92sd — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 30, 2013 Morris Davis, a prosecutor in the Guantanamo Bay commissions: Judge Lind halfway to validating mil justice w/not guilty to aiding the enemy charge. Now she needs to give #Manning a reasonable sentence. — Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) July 30, 2013 James Ball, a journalist who worked…
Jigsaw’s new film, following both Lance Armstrong’s return to the Tour de France in 2009 and his 2013 admission to doping, will be released by Sony Pictures Classics. “The Armstrong Lie” was directed and produced by Alex Gibney, and features a multi-year account of Armstrong’s life in cycling. Read more here.
A day after being named a finalist for the Humanitas Prize, “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” received 5 Emmy nominations. Another 2013 Jigsaw film, the two-part music documentary “History of the Eagles,” received 2 nominations. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) History of the Eagles: Parts I & II Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera) Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming Read the Emmy press release here.