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Madeleine Sackler

The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Tthe hardships of living under the claustrophobic and brutal Belarusian regime of death squads, disappeared persons and jailings has gone under the radar. Hopefully, this documentary will boost concern and ignite interest and support for those who are suffering.

An Interview with Andrei Sannikov on the HBO Documentary, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.06.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The tensions between Ukraine and Russia make the news daily, but in Belarus, a regime has been in place for 20 years, imprisoning opposition, or elimi...

Live from Toronto International Film Festival: Monday, Sept. 9

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Secrets and lies carried the day in most of the five films I saw Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. But then, aren't the most interesting movies built around them? It's so obvious that Mike Leigh used the idea as the title of one of his finest efforts.

Movie Review: Won't Back Down

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's one thing when documentaries like Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman and Madeleine Sackler's much better The Lottery look at problems in public education and offer some solutions (such as charter schools).

What Oscar Noms Got Right

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Oscars come around so late in the process that it's like electing a prom queen... after the seniors have graduated and moved away to college.

The Lottery: Charter Schools in Harlem (VIDEO)

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

The Lottery is not a poor cousin of Waiting for 'Superman'. In some respects it's a purer and more honest film, ferocious in its anger.

Will Waiting for 'Superman' Reach Its Intended Audience?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman,' is a provocative documentary that shows in both broad strokes and frightening detail how our schools continue to fail our children.

Charter School Controversy: A Q&A With The Lottery Director Madeleine Sackler

Thelma Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thelma Adams

In Madeleine Sackler's affecting new documentary, The Lottery, the 27-year-old intended to create a cinema verite view of the families of four children who entered a lottery for 475 coveted spots at the Harlem Success Academy.

HuffPost Review: The Lottery

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sackler's documentary follows Harlem families who rely on luck to ensure their children's education -- each family puts the child's name into a lottery at one of Harlem's charter school marvels.

Charter schools: Public education's savior?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Making a documentary is always a crapshoot, but Madeleine Sackler is hoping she'll get a little help from the headline. Sackler's documentary, The Lo...