Emmy-award winner Sue Wilson has been involved in the media for over twenty years.
Throughout her career, though, she noticed things around her changing. She saw the deregulation of media giants controlling the airwaves. She saw journalists losing their scruples. She even saw how the media was literally killing people. She could not handle it any longer.
“I saw what was happening to real people and to society and journalism as a result of bad policies and said ‘No more.’”
She had to speak up and let the people know. The best way she knew how to do that was to make a movie.
"Broadcast Blues" is the name of her documentary premiering at the Crest Theatre in Downtown Sacramento on Sunday, March 22 at 2pm. The film focuses on the corrupt practices that have become of the media and what the people of the United States can do to stop it. It emphasizes the fact that the public owns the airwaves, and it’s our job to stop the people putting out broadcasts if there are problems with it.
This is a very important point to her. She felt like the public thought that they had no control over what they are watching or listening to. She knew that they needed to be told.
“I think people feel disempowered," says Wilson, "People need to feel [that] they’re powered. Policy makers only change laws and rules when the public stands up and starts to scream.”
She made this film with a strong belief in what it stands for, but as a filmmaker realizes that the public needs to understand its content. She told me how during these ‘important’ films, people tend to fall asleep.
“I hope I’ve made a film that is both important and easy to watch…because I want real people to be able to look at this and get it.”
With a clear message and only one showing, I’m just hoping people will be able to fit in the theatre.
The film is being put out by Access Sacramento, Sacramento Media Group, and California Common Cause. It is also the first film to be featured in this year’s Sacramento International Film Festival.
Executive Director of Access Sacramento Ron Cooper was pleased to help Sue Wilson show her film.
“We always want to be supportive of local filmmakers” says Cooper.
Cooper is also not pleased with the consolidation of ownership of broadcast media, and agrees with the message that Wilson put in her film.
“Broadcast Blues does a good job of helping the general public understand the role of the Federal Communications Commission, the way that those powers to regulate and license television and radio stations have really diminished over the years, and the consequences of that” says Cooper. “But I think it also gives some hope that folks can take the media back. We do have power, we just need to understand better what the issues are and what we can do about it in order to exercise that power.”
This is a very important film to have out there to inform people of their rights. The people of Sacramento are lucky enough to have a filmmaker that cares enough about her town to have its premiere at the local theatre.
“We the people have the power to be able to change this media to make it work better for us,” says Wilson. “If there’s any one reason that people should see this film, it’s so that they can walk away empowered, knowing that it’s up to us to change this media back.”
To learn more information about the film, visit www.broadcastblues.tv