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"Adventures of Josh Wolf: Activist Video Blogger"
by Donna Lee
Thursday Sep 11th, 2008 6:24 PM
My short documentary, "Adventures of Josh Wolf: Activist Video Blogger," will make its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival as part of "The Home in My Heart" short documentary program. Also featured will be a film about murdered Oakland reporter Chauncey Bailey and a brief Q&A with the filmmakers and Josh:

When & Where: 9pm, Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, Rafael Film Center, San Rafael
When & Where: 4:15pm, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley

Buy tickets on Friday, Sep. 19, via the festival's website at
“Adventures of Josh Wolf: Activist Video Blogger”

Running Time: 28:30
Produced & Directed by Donna Lee


Blogger Josh Wolf gained international prominence and sparked a national debate about the role and definition of a journalist when, at the risk of imprisonment, he refused to surrender his video of a 2005 protest in San Francisco to federal authorities. He consequently spent over seven months in federal prison - the longest in U.S. history for a journalist protecting his source material.

While lauded by members of both the established and 'new' media for his courage and steadfastness in upholding the principles of a free press and the first amendment, Wolf's activism and blogger status has led others to question and challenge his standing as a true journalist. After his record-setting incarceration and release in April 2007, Wolf demonstrated his commitment to activism by running for mayor of San Francisco on the platform of “creating true participatory democracy.”

Through interviews, archival footage, photographs, and on-location footage, this documentary profiles Wolf and explores the issues surrounding his case and its impact on the journalistic community and beyond.

Production/Postproduction Credits:
Producer/Director: Donna Lee
Photography: Mike Cosby, Kevin Eagleson, Donna Lee
Editor: Donna Lee
Associate Editor/Visual Effects: Terrance Holmes
Graphics: Vina Cera
Technical Advisor: Cedric Pounds

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