CLBR #264: “Nobody Speak” Director Brian Knappenberger

“Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press”
Director Brian Knappenberger

CLBR #264

In March 2016, a Florida jury returned a $140 million verdict in favor of Terry Bollea aka Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media for publishing a tape of him having sex with the wife of his best friend (shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge).  As the verdict forced Gawker into bankruptcy, it was discovered that the case had been funded by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel as a vendetta for past coverage of him and his personal life.

“Nobody Speak” follows this trial and its implications, along with Sheldon Adelson’s takeover of the Las Vegas Review Journal and the rise of Donald Trump and efforts of the powerful to silence the media.  The film was released on June 23rd on Netflix.

The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Knight Documentary Achievement Award at the Miami Film Festival.

Knappenberger crafts a compelling and infuriating tale of big money flouting freedom of speech in an era where freedom of speech (thanks in part to social media) has become more democratized and, perhaps, more dangerous than ever.
 John Fink, Film Stage

“Nobody Speak” . . . is a troubling foreshadowing of things to come if journalists are threatened, sidelined or attacked by powerful institutions and people more concerned with their own interests than what’s best for the country or communities.
Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times

About Brian Knappenberger

CLBR 264Brian Knappenberger is an award-winning documentary director, producer, and writer whose credits span film and television. His most recent feature film, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is the winner of the Writers Guild Award for Best Screenplay.

His other films include We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, which explores the online activist group Anonymous and chronicles a year of unprecedented online protest. Under his Los Angeles-based production company Luminant Media, Knappenberger has created renowned investigative documentaries for PBS, Pivot, Bloomberg Television, National Geographic, and The Discovery Channel.

Postscript

We’re don’t know if it was because of his appearance on the show, but the very next day the Academy of Motion Picture Arts invited him to be a member.

Then today, the Los Angeles Times ran a very favorable story showing how relevant the documentary is in this political environment.


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Last year, Vin Scully retired after 67-years of broadcasting the Los Angeles Dodgers – the longest broadcasting relationship in baseball.  With Scully retired, Jaime Jarrin is the current Dean of Major League Baseball announcers as he is in his 59th year as the Spanish language announcer for . . . the Los Angeles Dodgers.  On Sunday night, he was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club for his remarkable career.

th the retirement of Vin Scully after a 67-year career with the Dodgers, the announcer that has worked the most years with one team broadcasts for … the Dodgers.

He’s Jaime Jarrin, the Spanish voice of the Dodgers since the team arrived in Los Angeles in 1958. The baseball broadcaster next on the seniority list: Denny Matthews, who started calling game

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