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Visual Review

Everything you need to know

about

…and how it relates to you

and the world around you.

Includes info on the actors,

director, with news, reviews,

and photos.

This presentation by

David Bruce

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SHORT SYNOPSIS

Movies Contain the

Essence of Being Human

On January 23, 2002,

Mariane Pearl’s world

changed forever. Her

husband Daniel, the South

Asia Bureau chief for the

Wall Street Journal, was

researching a story on shoe

bomber Richard Reid. The

story drew them to Karachi

where a go-between had

promised access to an

elusive source. As Danny left

for the meeting, he told

Mariane he might be late for

dinner. He never returned.


KEY ACTORS

The Cinematic Arts Have the

Power to Transform

ANGELINA JOLIE (Mariane Pearl)

DAN FUTTERMAN (Danny Pearl)

ARCHIE PANJABI (Asra Nomani)

IRRFAN KHAN (Captain)

WILL PATTON (Randall Bennett)

DENIS O’HARE (John Bussey)

ADNAN SIDDIQUI (Dost Aliani)

GARY WILMES (Steve LeVine)


KEY TALENT

Our Artists Are

Our Liberators

MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM (DIRECTOR)

JOHN ORLOFF (Screenwriter)

BRAD PITT (Producer)

DEDE GARDNER (Producer)

ANDREW EATON (Producer)

MARCEL ZYSKIND (Director of Photography)

MARK DIGBY (Production Designer)

PETER CHRISTELIS (Editor)

CHARLOTTE WALTER (Costume Designer)


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

Actors are

Liberators Unaware

MICHAEL

WINTERBOTTOM

(DIRECTOR)

In just a dozen years, Michael

Winterbottom has shown

himself to be one of the most

focused and unflinching

filmmakers working today,

traveling the world to make 14

incredibly diverse films. In

2006, audiences saw two

strikingly different movies from

the director, THE ROAD TO

GUANTANAMO and TRISTRAM

SHANDY: A COCK & BULL

STORY.


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

DAN FUTTERMAN

(Danny Pearl)

As an actor Futterman has

appeared in numerous New York

stage productions, including

“Angels in America,” “The

Lights,” “A Fair County” and

“Dealer’s Choice.” His film roles

have included the part of Robin

Williams' son "Val" in THE

BIRDCAGE, "Joe" in ENOUGH

and "Charlie" in URBANIA, for

which he received Best Actor at

the Seattle Film Festival. Dan

appeared as a regular on the

series JUDGING AMY and has

played a recurring character on

WILL AND GRACE and RELATED.

Actors help us: laugh, be happy, cry, get angry,

and even think. Can there be any better gifts?


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

Filmmakers are Revolutionaries,

Not Just Entertainers

ANGELINA JOLIE

(Mariane Pearl)

Jolie starred opposite Brad Pitt in the

action-comedy-romance MR. AND MRS.

SMITH for director Doug Liman in 2005.

The previous year, she starred in Oliver

Stone's epic ALEXANDER with Colin

Farrell, Val Kilmer, and Anthony

Hopkins, as well as the action/adventure

SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF

TOMORROW with Jude Law and

Gwyneth Paltrow. She also lent her

voice to the animated feature SHARK

TALE, along with Will Smith, Robert

DeNiro and Jack Black, and starred in

the thriller, TAKING LIVES, with Ethan

Hawke.


TRIVIA AND NEWS

Movie Making is the Convergence

of Many Talents and Art Forms

Based on the memoir "A Mighty

Heart: The Brave Life & Death

of My Husband Danny Pearl" by

Mariane Pearl.

Brad Pitt became inspired to

capture Pearl's memoir on

screen when he saw her

interview on CNN while the

search for her husband was

going on.

Initially, the film was financed

by Warner Brothers. After it

backed out, Paramount Vantage

stepped in.


ABOUT

Stories are

Transforming

The night Danny disappeared, Mariane kept vigil with Asra

Nomani, an old friend and colleague of Danny’s at the WSJ, living

in Karachi. Both women were seasoned international journalists

with formidable investigative skills, but they were also foreign

women in a country that had become increasingly volatile since

September 11.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

All Kids are Born Artistic

What is Natural is Essential

By dawn, they knew they were facing a crisis that required strong

allies fully briefed on Pakistan’s proliferating terrorist cells, its

byzantine bureaucracy and its notorious Inter-Services-

Intelligence agency (I.S.I.).


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories Embody the

Essence of Being Human

Dozens of local investigators swarmed the house that morning,

including a man called Captain, the then head of Pakistan’s brand

new counter-terrorism unit. With Asra’s house as headquarters,

Captain’s men, along with an American diplomatic security agent,

two Journal colleagues and the FBI, dedicated themselves to the

search.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Cinematic Story Telling is a

Profoundly Humanizing endeavor.

After five harrowing

weeks, amidst

escalating media

frenzy, they found the

kidnappers. Among

them was the known

militant Omar Saeed

Sheikh, aka “Bashir,”

the go-between who

had offered Danny

information relating to

the shoe bomber story.

Then came the

devastating news that

Danny had been

brutally murdered

weeks earlier.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Film making is a

Community Event.

Mariane and Danny

believed that by bearing

witness to events and

allowing all voices to be

heard, truthful

journalism could bridge

communities in conflict.

Mariane has remained

devoted to this

principle, refusing to

succumb to hate or fear.

After Danny’s death,

she went home to her

native France to await

Adam’s birth. She and

Adam now live in Paris,

France.


CRITICAL OPINION

4 1/2 Stars

--Peter Travers

Rolling Stone

Grade B-

--Lisa Schwarzbaum

Entertainment Weekly

Facts, figures and beating

heart intact

--Justin Chang

Variety

Free Artistic Expression is

a Mark of a Free Society

A film of such high

seriousness, it's reason

enough to rejoice.

--Erica Abeel

Film Journal International


FILM REVIEW

A MIGHTY HEART

Art is the Language

of Liberation

Her husband was kidnapped and brutally

murdered. In spite of these horrific tragedies,

Mariane has remained devoted to her

principle, refusing to succumb to hate or fear.

In a time when hating others is fashionable

and fearing your enemy is common place, this

true story becomes incredibly important.

Refusing to succumb to hate or fear is

revolutionary. Since, evil operates on fear and

hate the only antidote is to live above hate

and never allowing fear to control our lives.

It is the only answer to the divided world in

which we live. “Love your enemy” is even

more revolutionary today as when Jesus first

said it. It is A Mighty Heart that changes

everything


A MIGHTY HEART must

OVERCOME FEAR

“He who is not everyday conquering

some fear has not learned the secret

of life.”

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There are four ways you can handle

fear. You can go over it, under it, or

around it. But if you are ever to put

fear behind you, you must walk

straight through it. Once you put

fear behind you, leave it there.”

--Donna A. Favors

“You block your dream when you

allow your fear to grow bigger than

your faith.”

--Mary Manin Morrissey

Society is only as free as its arts.

Art is the voice of human freedom.


A MIGHTY HEART must

OVERCOME HATE

Art is a

Liberating Force

Character isn't inherited. One builds it

daily by the way one thinks and acts,

thought by thought, action by action. If

one lets fear or hate or anger take

possession of the mind, they become

self-forged chains.

“If you hate a person, you hate

something in him that is part of yourself.

What isn't part of ourselves doesn't

disturb us” --Hermann Hesse

“We have enough religion to make us

hate, but not enough to make us love

one another.” --Jonathan Swift


WHY MOVIES ARE SO IMPORTANT

To Restrict Creativity is to Restrict

the very Nature of the Creator

"The meaning of life is the most urgent of

questions" --Albert Camus (Existentialist thinker).

In “Movies and the Meaning of Life” author Kimberly

Blessing points out that movies can help us reflect

on five of life’s most important questions:

1) What is reality and how can I know it?

2) How can I find my true identity?

3) What the significance of my interactions with

others?

4) What’s the point of my life?

5) How ought I to live my life?

The idea behind Visual Hollywood is that Movies can

and must play an essential role helping us explore

the meaning of our existence and our life together.

No other quest is more necessary or important.

Movies are powerful. Movies bring personal

meaning, and can contribute to a peaceful world.

Cinematic story telling can be a transforming event.

Visual Hollywood takes

an existential approach

to life. We celebrate

with human freedom.

We use movies and the

arts as a means of

understanding the

human condition and

our collective relation

to the world around us.

Our basic quest is:

1. To know what it

means to be human in

the world.

2. The pursuit of human

freedom.


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