Filmmaker and actor Alex Winter (“Zappa”, “Bill & Ted” franchise) makes his first appearance on Filmwax. He has a new documentary that is now available on various streaming platforms called “The YouTube Effect“. The story of YouTube is both inspirational and cautionary; the video-sharing website appeared in 2005 and quickly grew to become one of the most ubiquitous and powerful media platforms in the world. It is impossible to overstate its impact on global culture by providing easy and immediate access to news, entertainment media and other vital forms of information. It has, however, helped radicalize some of its viewers with right-wing propaganda and other dangerous forms of media.
The story of YouTube is the great dilemma of our times; the technology revolution has made our lives easier and more enriched, while also presenting dangers and challenges that make the world a more perilous place. And at this extraordinary moment in history, it is the story of how we got here and where we’re going.
Up next, documentary filmmaker Rick Goldsmith (“Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press”) makes his first appearance on Filmwax to discuss his 2009 Oscar-nominated film “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”. Rick is asking people to nominate the film for the Library of Congress National Film Registry which allows only 25 films in each year. Go here to help Rick. The deadline is Tuesday, August 15th.