What have we been up to lately?
In 2015, we took to the stage with Tom Morello, Rage Against The Machine guitarist, to honor the great labor organizer and songwriter Joe Hill on the centennial of his execution. The live show of songs and readings included Joan Baez, Ziggy Marley, Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, Boots Riley, Jill Sobule, and Van Dyke Parks.
In 2014, we began working on Laura Poitras' film CITIZENFOUR, about mass surveillance and Edward Snowden. Civic Bakery co-founder Brenda Coughlin served as Distribution Producer. In 2015, the film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Brenda has continued to work with Laura Poitras. In 2015, she produced Astro Noise, Laura's first solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which featured five new works and immersive installations. The show ran from February to May 2016. Brenda is also the producer of Laura's latest film, Risk, which premiered at the 2016 Directors' Fortnight in Cannes.
Civic Bakery co-founder Anthony Arnove has developed a new production of The People Speak, the live event documentary he started with Howard Zinn and Chris Moore. This original Irish production went live in Dublin in June 2016, with further shows in the works. In 2015, HarperCollins invited Anthony to contribute a new forward to a new 35th anniversary special edition of Howard Zinn's influential bestseller, A People's History of the United States.
In November 2014, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of Voices of a People's History of the United States with live shows directed by Anthony, one of which involved guitar-shredding. In March 2014, we worked with BRITDOC on the first ever Impact Distribution Lab for documentary filmmakers.
In 2013, Civic Bakery produced Dirty Wars, Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary (2014) and Grand Jury Prize nominee and winner of the Cinematography Award at Sundance Film Festival 2013. Also that year, with Borderline Media, we set up the Impact Producers Group, an informal association of documentary impact producers, growing out of work with BRITDOC.
Back in 2011 and 2012, Civic Bakery directed live events for World Book Night, including the inaugural launch outside in London's Trafalgar Square for a reading with more than 15 writers and actors before an audience of 4,000 readers.
And we're always working on the live event documentary project The People Speak, inspired by the late historian Howard Zinn's celebrated books A People's History of the United States and Voices of the People's History of the United States. Executive producers include Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. The original special broadcast in 2009 on AETN's History Channel and was followed by the first international adaptation in Britain in 2010 and in Australia in 2011. With Colin Firth, Anthony co-directed the British feature documentary.