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“Tabloid” subject still mad about “Tabloid”

“Tabloid” subject still mad about “Tabloid” (photo)

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When we presented the trailer for Errol Morris‘ new film “Tabloid”, we mentioned how the film’s subject, Joyce McKinney, has been popping up at screenings to correct the errors and omissions she believes are in the film, which is about her relationship with a man that she was accused of kidnapping and trying to “deprogram” from Mormonism using sex.

As detailed by Peter Labuza on his website, McKinney “snuck into” a recent screening of “Tabloid” at the Museum of Modern Art and presented the audience with a lengthy rebuttal to the film (if you believe one anonymous comment below the piece, her diatribe ran at least fifteen minutes). Amongst her many claims against the film, she accused Morris of trying to keep her from speaking out, misrepresenting her story, and giving her a “phony contract with Showtime to do a television series” (“Tabloid” producer Mark Lipson told Labuza that “Showtime is in fact a partner in the enterprise of ‘Tabloid.'”). The film itself was met with laughter and applause, which, according to Labuza, apparently irked McKinney all the more.

Lots of documentaries, including a couple of Morris’ previous ones, have crafted unflattering portraits of their subjects, and sometimes those subjects have spoke out against them. But I can’t recall any recent film in which a subject (that wasn’t, say, a massive oil conglomerate) was so adamantly opposed to the documentary, and so intensely focused on a campaign against it. It raises all sorts of interesting questions about documentary filmmaking. Does a film belong to its creator, its subject, or its audience? Is a director’s ultimately responsibility to his film or his subject? McKinney’s repeated complaints also have one additional side effect which she may not have intended: they really make me want to see the movie.

And, as a matter of fact, I’m going to see the movie tonight. At this point, I’ll be kind of disappointed if McKinney doesn’t show up. “Tabloid” opens in limited release on July 15.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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