November 24, 2010
Kunstler Film in the Running for Top Honors!
Dear Friends, Family and Supporters,
I have some exciting news. William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe is in contention for top honors this awards season. Follow this link for more information:
I am writing to ask for your help. Unlike other documentary films, we do not have a big studio behind us. Our film was in theaters a year ago, and is not on the radar of the press or decision-makers. We are an underdog in this race – David vs. the Goliath of better known and better funded films.
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe brings to life a forgotten history of progressive struggles for justice and change in this country over the last half century. It communicates that the world we inherit is better because someone struggled for justice, and that those changes will survive only if we continue to fight. It is a film that needs to be seen. If we can raise the profile of the film, we have a shot at top honors, which would help William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe reach millions.
We need to raise $20,000 to wage our awards season campaign. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our efforts. Follow this link to donate by credit card through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Altas:
I have posted some clips from the film on our website, including Bill’s powerful speech on the “Terrible Myth” on law and legality. Please share this link with your friends and colleagues and help us spread the word about our film:
Here is the text of the speech:
And that is the terrible myth of organized society, that everything that’s done through the established system is legal – and that word has a powerful psychological impact. It makes people believe that there is an order to life, and an order to a system, and that a person that goes through this order and is convicted, has gotten all that is due him. And therefore society can turn its conscience off, and look to other things and other times.
And that’s the terrible thing about these past trials, is that they have this aura of legitimacy, this aura of legality. I suspect that better men than the world has known and more of them, have gone to their deaths through a legal system than through all the illegalities in the history of man. Six million people in Europe during the Third Reich? Legal. Sacco Vanzetti? Quite legal. The Haymarket defendants? Legal. The hundreds of rape trials throughout the South where black men were condemned to death? All legal. Jesus? Legal. Socrates? Legal. And that is the kaleidoscopic nature of what we live through here and in other places. Because all tyrants learn that it is far better to do this thing through some semblance of legality than to do it without that pretense.
Thank you for your continuing support of our film.
In love, struggle, and celebration,
Disturbing the Universe
“A wonderful, inspiring film.” – Howard Zinn
“This is a wonderful film. Emily and Sarah Kunstler have done a remarkable job. The film is great history” – Alec Baldwin
“The most hated and most loved lawyer in America.” – The New York Times
“A superior documentary.” – The Los Angeles Times
“Shatteringly good.” – San Francisco Chronicle
A fascinating portrait. – The Washington Post
“A magnificent profile of an irrepressible personality” – Indiewire
“Expertly put together and never less than compelling” – The Hollywood Reporter
“A sensitive truthful, insightful film.” – Huffington Post
“A wonderful, weird, and very American Story” – The Stranger
“A well-crafted and intimate but not uncritical tribute to both a father and a legend of the Left” – The Indypendent
In WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE, filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer. In the 1960s and 70s, Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the famed “Chicago 8″ activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer.
To his daughters, it seemed that he was at the center of everything important that had ever happened. But when they were growing up, Kunstler represented some of the most reviled members of society, including rapists and assassins. This powerful film not only recounts the historic causes that Kunstler fought for; it also reveals a man that even his own daughters did not always understand, a man who risked public outrage and the safety of his family so that justice could serve all.