The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces nominees for the 37th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. – RealScreen
“How One Film Gave Voice to Three Whistleblowers The US Government Tried To Silence” – Kevin Gozstola, Shadowproof
“Silenced is a compelling, suspenseful, and intelligent movie with a clear objective that it achieves: to inform the public about the harsh treatment of government whistleblowers.” – Lucy Teitler, VICE Motherboard
“Hard-hitting, alarming… James Spione’s superb Silenced describes the Obama-era prosecution of whistleblowers as leakers and even potentially terrorists.”
– Pat Aufderheide, Documentary Magazine
“Depicts the high price paid by whistle-blowers.” New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan discusses government secrecy and the premiere of Silenced in her blog.
“A remarkable documentary.” Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales interview director James Spione about Silenced on Democracy Now!
“Silenced offers us a window into what it actually takes to blow the whistle — the physical, emotional, and financial toll doing so levies on the truth-teller.”
– Brian Merchant, VICE Motherboard
“They want to silence those who speak truth to or of power.” Interview with whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack, and Silenced director James Spione, on Free Speech Zone with Alyona Mink on HuffPost Live.
“Former Justice Department ethics adviser Jesselyn Radack, former CIA analyst John Kiriakou and former National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake, began with good intentions and ended up on the road to a hell of persecution and emotional and financial ruin.”
– Olivia Ward, Toronto Star
“Why are the punishments so draconian for people who cross some line that the government doesn’t like?” In-depth interview with director James Spione on the Detroit Free Press film festival blog begins at 21 minute mark.
“Family was key to all three stories. You see how families get torn apart by this incredible pressure from this experience of trying to defend yourself.”
Strictly Docs’ Steve Gow interviews filmmaker James Spione.
‘Through Intimate Details, ‘Silenced’ Shows the Emotional Toll of Becoming a Whistleblower.’
Film review by Kevin Gosztola of Firedoglake.
“At the core is this idea of someone willing to stand on their conscience, on principle, and speak out,” Early on during the making of the film, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer interviewed James Spione and subject Jesselyn Radack about the plight of whistleblowers and the urgency of making Silenced.