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NPR Interview with Sierra & Jamila - Leonard Lopate Show
NPR Interview with Sierra & Jamila - Brian Lehrer Show
"Even more moving, reminiscent not just of the direct cinema legends like Maysles and Leacock, but of recent stalwarts like Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, is Jamila Wignot and Sierra Pettengill’s respectful, massively depressing, often quite beautiful portrait of a pair of Pennsylvania Tea Party activists, Town Hall...Never has American political intractability been so dramatically dramatized by a vérité doc."
"Drive-time right-wing radio is the refrain on the Town Hall soundtrack, immuring the true believer in a bathysphere of reinforced opinion, but both this film and Caucus pull a viewer out of the political comfort zone. This across-the-aisle curiosity is a move away from the didactic,“amen corner” movie-tracts of the “Buck Fush” era."
"The result is a deeply informed piece of cinéma vérité that challenges pre-existing views of the tea party movement by presenting an intimate and compassionate -- if not entirely flattering -- portrait of its two main characters."
"...the Tea Party has not been documented in a way quite like Pettengill and Wignot do in Town Hall...For those of us who may feel ourselves very repulsed by the ideology of the Tea Party,...Town Hall is a reminder of the complicated human beings who are involved in all social movements -- full of love, good intentions, misinformation, and, yes, misplaced devotion."
"In...Town Hall, Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot’s smart and candid bifurcated profile of two Tea Party advocates in Pennsylvania, liberal filmmakers strive to look with clear eyes at politically conservative subjects. Such commitment to inquisitiveness, to pursuing some measure of understanding, is a truly heroic impulse..."
DIG BOSTON - Jesse Schwartz
"...the directors succeed in crafting a clear-minded, deeply human portrayal of one of the most scoffed-at–and in some ways feared–political factions in the country."
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - John DeFore
"...reserves judgment and lets the subjects do almost all the talking themselves."
THE MACGUFFIN - Matt Newland
"...Town Hall succeeds in painting these Tea Party members as human. It is easy to forget in the very heated media debates that these people have lives outside campaigning...These are people coming to the end of their rope and lashing out. They feel their country, once a land of plenty, is falling to the dogs, and they aim to fix it. Whatever side of the political spectrum you land on, their conviction and perseverance are commendable."
JASON RANTZ SHOW- KIRO Radio
Interview with Jamila and Sierra on a Republican talk radio show.