Film looks at 38-year-old organization committed to deploying media literacy education as an antidote to propaganda and censorship; filmmakers and organization’s director Mickey Huff will be in attendance for free August 13 event.

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Project Censored

Many documentary films give us important information about what is wrong with our society, but they often fail to offer a solution. ‘Project Censored: The Movie’ explores and publicizes censorship in our society by exposing important stories that the public should be aware of, but is not. Project censored is a media watchdog group and is the solution to Corporate Media’s failure to give the American public real news and information.College students can enroll in a Project Censored course and from there learn to become citizen journalists and uncover the real news that our society needs to become an informed electorate. Since the class was founded, the project has grown to include over 25 colleges and universities across the world that offer a Project Censored course. It was the filmmakers’ inspiration, as two fathers from California, to take Project Censored on the road and create a documentary film that explores why corporate media fails to report the truth. They spent the past six years of their lives creating this incredibly inspiring film, which reaches all audiences. Corporate media critics like Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Greg Palast, John Perkins, Cynthia McKinney and a host of others are featured in the film. The result is a beautiful film created by two regular family men who decided it was time to take action against the corporate media giants that have failed the American people in their role as reporting the news. It’s time for the people of America to take back the airwaves!


In the 38 years since Dr. Carl Jensen created it at Sonoma State University, Project Censored, a fervent advocate for media literacy that’s the subject of a film screening and Q&A at the Mill Valley Library on August 13, has never suffered from a lack of material for its annual roundup of the most censored and under-reported stories of the year.

But in its nearly four decades of existence, Project Censored’s purview – corporate journalism and the stories that simply don’t get enough attention – has had to evolve with the explosion of the digital media landscape, providing context not only to what gets covered, but how it gets covered.

Take the latest burst of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says Project Censored Director Mickey Huff.

“It’s getting plenty of headlines and coverage,” Huff says. “But it’s the perspective that’s not available in most of the coverage that people have access to. If critical thought and media literacy skills aren’t behind the keyboard, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack – people, especially students, just don’t know what to trust.”

Project Censored’s longstanding campaign to improve those media literacy skills – the group calls it “flexing your media muscles” – caught the attention of real estate agents, Sonoma resident Christopher Oscar and Petaluma resident Doug Hecker, a former Project Censored student. The pair spent six years crafting Project Censored: The Movie, a documentary about the organization that was released in 2013.

The film is Oscar and Hecker “telling their story about us and describing how average people can get involved and make a difference in the world,” Huff says.

Huff, Oscar and Hecker will be in the house at the Library event for a post-screening Q&A. Huff says the film has helped the organization’s visibility beyond its core audience, a boon for a group that is often “preaching to the choir.”

“It reaches beyond the choir and reaches the population beyond those that would ever pick up one of our books,” he says.

Project Censored was recently honored at the National Whistleblower Summit in Washington, D.C., receiving the Pillar Award for Persons of Conscience in New Media and Journalism on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.

“We’re encouraging people to think critically – to actively search for media and stories rather than just sitting down with a clicker in your hand,” Huff says.

The 411: Project Censored:The Movie screens on August 13 7pm at the Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, with a Q&A with filmmakers Christopher Oscar and Doug Hecker, along with Project Censored Director Mickey Huff, to follow. Registration recommended. Click here to register.

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