J.T. Ready, Sal Reza, and a Horde of Racist Tea Party Tards in Big Noise Films' White Power U.S.A.
I met Big Noise filmmakers Richard Rowley and Jacquie Soohen while they were in town to cover the National Socialist Movement march on the Arizona state Capitol in November. Though the duo live in New York, they fly all over the world, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Mexico and Ecuador producing documentaries on various subjects
Big Noise's excellent report on right-wing extremism in America
They seemed like very cool folks, but when they told me they were working on a doc about white supremacy in the U.S. and its ties to the Tea Party movement and the anti-immigrant movement in the southwest, I can't say I knew what to expect. At the time, I was very impressed with their ability to gain access to the neo-Nazi Oi Fest that went down in Tonopah this past October.
After watching their just released doc White Power U.S.A., which debuted recently on the satellite news network Al Jazeera English, I'd have to doff my chapeau in their general direction, if I wore a chapeau. Making it look easy, they have seamlessly tied together in one neat 24 minute package the challenge facing a Barack Obama-led nation over the issues of race and immigration. All this, with sometimes breathtaking photography of the Arizona desert.
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