Monday, November 20, 2006

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Currently trying to get the opportunity to arrange a showing of this film, as one who has been involved in cults, just the trailer breaks my hearts, damn religious zealots and people who manipulate and kill in the name of God!!

Video trailer posted over at here

The 1960s were years of intense social and cultural tumult; it was the Age of Aquarius, when change was in the air, revolution on the horizon, and all things seemed possible. Some looked to transcendental meditation, free love, Black Power, or LSD. But for others, Jim Jones, the charismatic and forceful leader of Peoples Temple, offered the perfect balance of spiritual fulfillment and political commitment. Jones not only preached about integration and equality, but also built an organization that provided food, clothing, and shelter to his congregation and his community.

On the surface, Jim Jones and his multiracial congregation, Peoples Temple, espoused the values of a model society. But in the summer of 1977 an article in New West magazine exposed the truth. Defectors and family members gave accounts of physical, sexual, and drug abuse, financial corruption,and members being held against their will.

On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of Peoples Temple died in the largest mass suicide/murder in history. Using never-before-seen archival footage and survivor interviews, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple tells the story of the people who followed Jim Jones from Indiana to California and finally to the remote jungles of Guyana, South America in a misbegotten quest to build an ideal society.

Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple will broadcast nationally on public television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience, in 2007. Jonestown has received several awards including the "Outstanding Achievement in Documentary" at 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and the "Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Feature Documentary" at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Most recently, Jonestown was nominated for the 2006 International Documentary Association Awards!

Firelight Media intends to use Jonestown as a centerpiece for a National outreach campaign leading up to the broadcast to help universities, places of worship, social justice organizations, and museums use the film to facilitate reflection and dialogue on the issues that defined the Peoples Temple: faith and zealotry, revolution and utopia, race and class, loyalty and coercion, charismatic leadership and demagoguery.

For more information on outreach opportunities, contact Sonya Childress at

Director: Stanley Nelson


Shieldsy said...

Huh! Nothing to do with the post, put I hadn't checked the blog for a few days coz you said in one of your previous posts that you were cutting back, and then got an email saying you were calling it a day.

But now I call by and you've been more prolific than ever and busy redesigning & everything.

So which is it ... death or resurrection?

Dave Lynch said...

Nothing like not doing what you say hey!
It has closed, but not that anyone would notice, it just closed a chapter for me and allowed me to sort out where I wanted to go with it.

I am happier now the videos and images have moved elsewhere, I wanted to strip it down. I really did not expect to post anymore but looks like I cant keep my mouth shut.

Just keep the rss feeds on, nobody visits blogs anymore really, they just wait for the feeds.

Just gonna see where it goes now but I feel free to let it go wherever it wants.

so I guess it was death followed by a touch of resurrection, seems like a good path to follow

Shieldsy said...

Clicked the little RSS feed thing. All it does is give me a list of al your posts in a menu at the top. Is that what is meant to happen? If so, it's not that useful ... you still have to check the menu, and it doesn't tell you when someone has commented. Or am I missing something?

Dave Lynch said...

I dont really know how the whole RSS thing works,no matter how much I read about it.
I use Google Reader and that shows me if the websites I watch have been updated or not.

Seems the only way I can do it

Pete Grassow said...

Dave: please keep going. I have appreciated your fresh insight.

Dave Lynch said...

Thanks Pete, looks like we've got same looking sites!

We'll see how it goes, still posting right now


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