Messy filmmaker dudes
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Brett Morgen and me, Chuck Olsen. Brett Morgen wrote/directed the innovative documentaries Chicago 10 and The Kid Stays in the Picture, among other films. I regard those films, and his creative approach, very highly. He flat out says, "I’m not a journalist." The tension and differences between those titles "journalist" and "filmmaker" have been very much on my mind lately.
The audience seemed to badly want Morgen to sympathize with them as protesters, but he is really an artist and entertainer first. He fell in love with Abbie Hoffman, but Tom Hayden bored him to tears. He was disappointingly uninformed about what happened at the RNC – but the audience educated him.