Hippies Were Happy

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Steve Hochstadt: Hippies did not get in your face. They didn’t send out mailers or make phone calls or knock on doors or shout into microphones. They didn’t believe that their way was necessarily better for everyone. They wanted to do their own thing.

The Morality Police

Morality Police

Walter Brasch: In the United States, the Morality Police regulate everything from the color of hair to what people do in their bedrooms.

Can Your Movie Change the World?

Social Issue Moviemakers

Beth Portello of social issue film distributor Cinema Libre Studio is no stranger to moviemakers trying to change the world. Along with her husband, independent director Philippe Diaz, Portello is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo for To End Poverty!, the sequel to the pair’s critically acclaimed 2008 documentary, The End of Poverty?

The End of Privacy

Citizenfour Edward Snowden

Robert Nelson: “Citizenfour” is a spellbinder. Poitras does not simply describe what others did. She herself was a central player in getting Edward Snowden’s revelations before the world.

A Conversation with Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Gary Corseri: When I saw his gray tombstone slab—about the size of a large cereal box!—with nothing but the capitals “HENRY” inscribed on it, I thought at first: Surely this writer-philosopher-naturalist-activist deserved better notice than this! And then I thought: This is fitting….

Ruby Dee Dies at 91

Ruby Dee Dies 91

Ruby Dee, Dies at 91 of natural causes in her home in New Rochelle. The star of Hollywood and Broadway was equally famous for her activism

NOAH?  Ah, No, Ah…

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Larry Wines: When we see Supreme Court cases in religious swaddling clothes, a movie may appear trivial. It isn’t. Hollywood drives culture, beliefs and opinions disproportionately, just as TV megachuch pastors do.