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Bang Bang Club
Josh Peckler, Photographer
Vernon Hills | IL | | Posted: 6:47 PM on 03.21.11
->> Surprise this hasn't been posted yet or maybe it has. Looks like a good movie.

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thebangbangclub/
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Eric Seals, Photographer
Detroit | MI | United States | Posted: 7:03 PM on 03.21.11
->> I was wondering when this movie was going to come out. Thanks for posting the trailer

Eric
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Alex Menendez, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 8:54 AM on 03.22.11
->> Thanks for posting this Josh.

alex
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Kolman Rosenberg, Photographer
Mentor | OH | USA | Posted: 10:00 AM on 03.22.11
->> Anybody know when it's supposed to be released?
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Dave Breen, Photographer
Somerset | PA | USA | Posted: 10:59 AM on 03.22.11
->> The promo on the website says "in theaters April 22". Of course, it also lists only three actors to portray the four photographers.
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Sam Morris, Photographer
Henderson (Las Vegas) | NV | USA | Posted: 11:40 AM on 03.22.11
->> I highly recommend picking up a copy of the book.
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Brian Dowling, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 1:26 PM on 03.22.11
->> I saw Malin Akerman last night at the Tribeca Film reception in LA. Wowzers :)
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G.J. McCarthy, Photographer
Dallas | TX | US | Posted: 1:33 PM on 03.22.11
->> +1 Sam
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 2:17 PM on 03.22.11
->> It does look pretty good.

I think it's funny how on the cover art image there, the guy on the far left has what looks like newer Nikon strap with his "old" cameras and the other guys have older, black straps.

Nevertheless, I'll be seeing it.
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Ian Halperin, Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA | Posted: 2:43 PM on 03.22.11
->> Looks awesome!!

One thing bugs me: The trailer says it took place in 1995. Seems like the cameras they are using are older, like 1985. In 1995 I was using an F4, an F90 and an old F3 as backup. And my first Nikon: an FM2.

Maybe the story explains why they have the gear they do.
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Ian Halperin, Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA | Posted: 2:46 PM on 03.22.11
->> My bad: 1994
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Greg Kendall-Ball, Photographer, Assistant
Abilene | TX | USA | Posted: 3:41 PM on 03.22.11
->> I just hope the accents are right. Leo nailed his Zim/SA accent in Blood Diamond. I know it sounds moronic, but having grown up in SA, there's nothing quite as distracting as a not-quite-right accent in a movie. Maybe I should grab the book instead, that way I don't have to worry about Ryan Phillippe butchering the South Effriken colloquialisms....
:)
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Tim Snow, Photographer
Montreal | Qc | Canada | Posted: 3:52 PM on 03.22.11
->> It looks really good, hopefully it lives up to the trailer. I am sure the producers would have discussed the gear used at the time with the photographers involved, or at least the prop people, but who knows.
On another note, in 1994 I was in grade 10, and the only camera I had ever used was a Yashica MG-1 rangefinder.
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Sean D. Elliot, Photographer, Photo Editor
Norwich | CT | USA | Posted: 6:24 PM on 03.22.11
->> I have limited optimism. Hollywood has a knack for destroying stories in the name of creating drama ... but the trailer looks like the PJ work was practiced enough by the stars to look legit ... so I'll rush out to see it and then wait for it to have the Top Gun effect on the field of photojournalism :-)
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Matthew Jonas, Photo Editor, Photographer
Evergreen | CO | USA | Posted: 7:43 PM on 03.22.11
->> Looks interesting. But you might be right, Sean. We'll have to see how much the stories get distorted to bridge the gaps in the screenplay.
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Tim Snow, Photographer
Montreal | Qc | Canada | Posted: 10:09 PM on 03.22.11
->> I can only assume (and hope) that since the two surviving members of the Bang Bang Club were consultants on the film it will be true to life. They are journalists after all, right?
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Matt Cashore, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 12:23 PM on 03.23.11
->> Another recommendation to read the book. It more than anything I'd read or heard up 'till that point helped me understand the history and politics of the end of Apartheid. It was waaay more complicated than probably most Americans think.
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Wally Nell, Photographer
CAIRO | EG | EGYPT | Posted: 4:37 PM on 03.23.11
->> Yes I agree, I hope they get the accents right. We have so many good actors in SA, why not use local actors!?
And about the cameras, I know Ken and Kevin shot with older cameras, not up to date ones.
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Matt Cashore, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 7:03 PM on 03.23.11
->> Just grabbed my copy of the book off the shelf. Gonna give it a re-read. Photos inside show F4, EOS-1, & the occasional Lieca, btw.
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Sean D. Elliot, Photographer, Photo Editor
Norwich | CT | USA | Posted: 3:28 PM on 03.24.11
->> look, let's just be honest, the F4 was the ugliest pro SLR ever created ... who can blame Hollywood for changing to "sexier" models.
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Radu Rosca, Photographer
Tirgu Mures | MS | Romania | Posted: 4:39 AM on 03.25.11
->> Finally, i've been waiting for two years for this film to come out! The trailer looks exciting, i'm really looking forward to see it! Is the book available at amazon?
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Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | United States | Posted: 10:10 AM on 03.25.11
->> Sean,

The F4 was no beauty but ugliest? I'm not so sure. I can think of two 35mm cameras from the 60's (hey I'm old) that were uglier.

The Alpa series (from that camera powerhouse nation Switzerland)
http://www.alpareflex.com/Cameras/9d.htm

and

Topcons, like the Super D, (from Japan)
http://www.mrmartinweb.com/images/camera/slr/topconsuperdlg.jpg

Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Back to discussion of the movie.
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David Welker, Photographer, Student/Intern
Springfield | MO | USA | Posted: 12:07 PM on 03.25.11
->> So for people who have the book or have picked it up recently, What is the actual title of the book? I have seen two:

http://www.amazon.com/Bang-bang-Club-Making-South-Africa/dp/009928149X


or

http://www.amazon.com/Bang-Bang-Club-Snapshots-Hidden-War/dp/0465044131

Im guessing these are two different books, but I just want to make sure to get the right one.
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Sean D. Elliot, Photographer, Photo Editor
Norwich | CT | USA | Posted: 2:38 PM on 03.25.11
->> David, same book, just two different editions.
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 3:23 PM on 03.25.11
->> Also, I think the F4 metered manual-focus lenses extremely well and had a bunch of focus screens if I remember correctly.
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Caleb Raney, Photographer, Assistant
Shawnee | OK | USA | Posted: 10:12 PM on 03.25.11
->> I'm loving the book, but the pictures in my e book edition are just terribly reproduced. Just fyi.
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Mark Sutton, Photographer
Herndon | VA | USA | Posted: 10:19 PM on 03.25.11
->> Caleb, I just down loaded on my iPad. Haven't started reading. Maybe tomorrow after the games.
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David A. Cantor, Photographer, Photo Editor
Toledo | OH | USA | Posted: 9:17 AM on 04.11.11
->> Greg Marinovich was nice enough to answer a note from me about the questions raised here regarding the film.
He describes the plot as "quite dissimilar" and "the usual movie adaption thing." He also said that he "was on set a lot, but most was on technical as opposed to storyline."
Greg goes on to suggest, as most of you have already done, that reading the book will provide the true story of this inspiring group of photojournalists.
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Sean D. Elliot, Photographer, Photo Editor
Norwich | CT | USA | Posted: 1:42 PM on 04.11.11
->> Having been inspired by the impending film to finally read the book that's been on my list to read for years ... I can say it is riveting. Having come of age in photojournalism during the times in the book (I graduated from college in 1992) it brought me back to many of the events and images in the news that shaped my passion for visual journalism.
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John Stubler, Photographer
San Jose | Ca | USA | Posted: 3:05 PM on 04.11.11
->> Does anyone know if there is a documentary on this subject? I think I would rather watch that than the Hollywood version.
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Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | United States | Posted: 7:59 PM on 04.11.11
->> There is a documentary about Kevin Carter, one member of the "Club." It's called "The Death of Kevin Carter" available on the web.
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Ron Erdrich, Photographer
Abilene | TX | USA | Posted: 1:44 AM on 04.19.11
->> Sean,

F4 ugly! Them's fightin' words...

You should have seen the Beseler Topcon I used in the Navy for awhile, now that was an ugly beast. My old F2 wasn't much prettier, but I knew at least that I could swing it like a club if I got stuck in a tight spot.
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Anthony Soufflé, Photographer
Ogden | UT | USA | Posted: 2:03 AM on 04.19.11
->> Apparently the film isn't getting a very wide release: http://www.thebangbangclub.com/screenings.html
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Sean D. Elliot, Photographer, Photo Editor
Norwich | CT | USA | Posted: 9:53 AM on 04.19.11
->> I guess that answers the questions of whether I'm going to see it on the 22nd ...

and Ron, I'll take you any time as long as you don't bring that F2 ;-)
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Nell Redmond, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 2:01 PM on 04.19.11
->> I finished the book last night. Very good read.
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Whitney Curtis, Photographer
St. Louis | MO | USA | Posted: 12:21 PM on 04.21.11
->> Interviews with Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva are scheduled to broadcast today on Fresh Air.

http://www.npr.org/2011/04/21/135513724/two-war-photographers-on-their-inju...
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James Nix, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 12:55 PM on 04.21.11
->> listening to the Fresh Air piece now ... incredible interview
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Devin Boldt, Photographer, Student/Intern
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 1:00 PM on 04.21.11
->> If it is not screening in an area near you, it is already available for rent on itunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-bang-bang-club/id427382119
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Jeff Gammons, Student/Intern, Photographer
Niceville | Fl | USA | Posted: 1:06 PM on 04.21.11
->> Wow, thanks Devin! Downloading it as I type.

May be able to finish watching it before I head to class...
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 5:37 PM on 04.21.11
->> That was a really good interview with Mr. Silva and Mr. Marinovich.

I like how Mr. Silva was talking about right after the landmine explosion and called his wife, then laid back for a cigarette, then was denied for a second one.
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Mark Sutton, Photographer
Herndon | VA | USA | Posted: 6:15 PM on 04.21.11
->> The movie is on AppleTV, but it's only offered as a rental. So you basically have 30 days to watch it and 24 hours once you start watching. I buy all my movies, but I want to see this so bad. I guess they will get my $6.99 like I'm at the movies.

Thanks David for the heads up..
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David Welker, Photographer, Student/Intern
Springfield | MO | USA | Posted: 1:16 AM on 04.23.11
->> I just finished the movie. Overall, I felt as if it was a good film. I have not had a chance to read the book, but I can see where there would be times that might be over dramatic and pushed a tad. Film wise, I thought it was fairly well done, and I enjoyed it. Really hits home to know that there are fellow photographers putting their life on the line every day in these kind of situations, as well as those of Sudan, Liberia, Egypt, etc. I hope this movie serves as a reminder to those who sick to where we are comfortable, that there are men and women in our line of work who pass away due to this, and I hope we will never forget their sacrifice.

To all those out there, stay safe.
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 2:05 AM on 04.23.11
->> I rented it tonight and very much enjoyed it.

Good watch and pretty intense, even if done to make it more dramatic.
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Caleb Raney, Photographer, Assistant
Shawnee | OK | USA | Posted: 4:27 AM on 04.23.11
->> The film was worth my seven dollars. The book was more interesting, and the real Joao Silva is better looking.
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David A. Cantor, Photographer, Photo Editor
Toledo | OH | USA | Posted: 10:35 AM on 04.23.11
->> http://tinyurl.com/3csgfr5
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Al Diaz, Photographer
Miami | Fl | USA | Posted: 10:44 PM on 04.24.11
->> http://video.aol.com/video/popeater-chats-with-malin-akerman/4100883636?nci...
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Armando Solares, Photographer
Englewood | FL | USA | Posted: 10:44 AM on 04.25.11
->> I thought it was great. It was enjoyable, intense and there were darkrooms, film, light tables and prints.
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David A. Cantor, Photographer, Photo Editor
Toledo | OH | USA | Posted: 9:26 AM on 04.26.11
->> http://www.gregmarinovich.com/BLOG/2011/04/when-it-turns-sour/
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Jeff Gammons, Student/Intern, Photographer
Niceville | Fl | USA | Posted: 12:54 PM on 04.26.11
->> That redhead was a real looker...

Wish photo editors in my area looked like that....

oh well...
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Jim Colburn, Photo Editor, Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA | Posted: 12:59 PM on 04.26.11
->> "there were darkrooms, film, light tables and prints"

Wow. The 70's.
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