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Best Videographer Phoenix 2009 - Dennis Gilman

Scottsdale resident Dennis Gilman is used to being threatened by nativists. They've called his house. Posted his address on the Internet. And whenever he shows up at, say, the Macehualli Day Labor Center in north Phoenix, where vicious nativist groups such as United for a Sovereign America keep vigil with their guns, he attracts them like a magnet, and the verbal abuse often seems close to spilling over into violence.

Being that he's as Irish as a pint of Guinness, Gilman doesn't like to back down. Also, as he'll tell you if you ask, you'd get better footage when you're up in their faces. See, Gilman is the Michael Moore of the local pro-immigration movement. His weapon is a video camera, and he uses it to expose the hate and prejudice in Arizona that seem as plentiful as scorpions. The footage he edits ends up on his YouTube channel HumanLeague002. Because of his efforts, thousands have seen the raw ugliness of the immigration debate at ground zero. Activists from around the world now seek out his mini-documentaries. And he often scores footage that the local and national news media pick up after the fact. He's what more journalists used to be: scrappy, defiant, and beholden to no one.

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OceanWaves
OceanWaves

His videos are comical. He portraits illegals as victims no matter what without considering the other side of the story. American tax payers are real victims. In debate on his videos he does not considers pros/cons arguments, just sticks to his one-dimensional point of view on illegal immigration. Actually, he is equating legal and illegal immigration pretending they are one. He deletes numerous comments if he does not like them. He blocked me from posting comments after being very nasty and offensive to me. It is ridiculous as his whole "fight" for justice. It is impossible to discuss anything normally with him, and his only proof is “watch my video and everything will be clear to you”. Every societies needs investigative journalist like him but he is way one-dimensional and being totally closed to other people’s points of view if they do not match his. He is sort of radical.

Barbara Council
Barbara Council

OMG Are these people really that screwed in the head. I hope you do not go to these rallys alone. I fear for us all. Take care and that was really well done.

Jackie40DisAretard
Jackie40DisAretard

"This award should've gone to me instead of this Communist punk."

I appoligize, I'm ignorant and do not know what communism means. CHEERS and CONGRATULATIONS DENNIS GILMAN!!!!!!! I know for a fact I'm too much of a coward to stand up for what is right! I have no mind or soul, that is why I envy you!

Cuatemoc
Cuatemoc

I would personally like to thank Mr. Gilman for his brave and couragous actions on making a stand on human rights! The man is a role model, a hero, and above all not afriad to put his life on the front line where justice should always be served! Congratulations on the award fellow comrad, you deserve it!

Ryan
Ryan

Cheers, Dennis!

Why'd they have to say "pint of Guinness"...freakin thirsty now

Jackie40D
Jackie40D

This award should've gone to me instead of this Communist punk.

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