NEWS & PRESS
THE UTAH REVIEW (December 21, 2018)
“Documentary filmmaking in Utah has attracted many independent artists and one of the state’s most formidable directors is Andrew James . . . James’ passion for filmmaking is matched frame by frame in his dedication to capturing a precise, authentic, well-informed perspective that defies compromise, rationalizing excuses or political convenience. He exemplifies the full strength of storytelling in the documentary form.”
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE (October 3, 2018)
On the 50th anniversary of the MPAA Rating System, Sean P. Means interviews Andrew James, Richard Dutcher and others about the cultural significance of the R rating in Utah.
VIDLINGS AND TAPEHEADS FILM FESTIVAL (July 29, 2018)
Community Patrol wins the Made in Michigan Award at Vidlings and Tapeheads Film Festival.
APRIL WOLFE (June 14, 2018)
"Street Fighting Men is a painful but honest depiction of black life in urban Detroit, featuring multifaceted men striving against the odds. A portrait of black resilience and perseverance — without sentimentality — that stands in stark contrast to the one-dimensional uplifting stories of transformation in Detroit, but still offers a way out of the dark."
BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL (June 10, 2018)
Street Fighting Men wins the Spirit Award for Feature Documentary at the 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival.
INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON (April 30, 2018)
Community Patrol wins the Special Jury Prize for short documentary at Independent Film Festival Boston.
DIG BOSTON (April 25, 2018)
"Without editorializing, Community Patrol raises serious questions about who has the authority to control a neighborhood—as well as about how that authority is created, or maintained."
DETROIT FREE PRESS (April 8, 2018)
Street Fighting Men documentary is a story of Detroit perseverance.
THE UTAH REVIEW (February 27, 2018)
Utah filmmaker Andrew James’ Community Patrol takes Best Mini Doc honors at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (February 23, 2018)
Community Patrol wins the Best Mini Doc Award at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
DETROIT METRO TIMES (August 25, 2017)
How the documentary Street Fighting Men told a Detroit story correctly.
THE UTAH REVIEW (August 24, 2017)
Utah filmmaker’s Street Fighting Men emerges as standout among Detroit documentaries.
THROUGH THE LENS / RADIO WEST (August 16, 2017)
Andrew James speaks with Doug Fabrizio on Radio West about Street Fighting Men. The film will premiere in Utah as part of the Utah Film Center's Through the Lens screening series.
WINDSOR DETROIT FILM (July 6, 2017)
"While a documentary, it comes across as a fictionalized drama, the characters searingly captured in such a natural way, oblivious to the camera."
EFILMCRITIC (June 22, 2017)
"This is the sort of documentary that needs genuine trust between filmmaker and subject in order to get made . . . each person is one man against a system much larger than him and mostly indifferent to his struggle. They can't do it alone, and there's not that many people who have their backs."
BATTLESHIP PRETENSION (May 1, 2017)
"James’ camera captures some moments of natural levity, some deeply touching moments, and some moments of real horror and sadness . . . If Street Fighting Men comes to theater near you it is worth your time to check out, especially if you liked Moonlight last year."
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE (October 1, 2015)
Re-edited films are back in the news, this time with better tech. Includes a nice shout out from Sean Means for CLEANFLIX.
ION CINEMA (November 14, 2014)
Eric Lavallee predicts that Street Fighting Man will premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
FILM INDEPENDENT (October 20, 2014)
Street Fighting Man is invited to participate in the Film Independent Forum; the pre-eminent conference for independent filmmakers and content creators in Los Angeles.
THE MORMON EXPOSITOR (September 24, 2014)
Andrew is a guest panelist on the Mormon Expositor Podcast. Features a lively discussion about art, sex and Mormon culture.
SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY (June 4, 2014)
A short interview with director Andrew James on the SFFS Blog.
SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY (April 9, 2014)
Street Fighting Man is 1 of 3 films to receive a production grant from SFFS Documentary Fund.
FILM INDEPENDENT (March 27, 2014)
Street Fighting Man is invited to participate in Film Independent's annual Documentary Editing Lab.
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE (July 25, 2013)
Director Andrew James is interviewed by Sean Means for an article about the creative process at the 2013 Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab.
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE (July 17, 2013)
Producer Sara Archambault is invited to participate in the Sundance Creative Producing Lab and Summit. Street Fighting Man is 1 of 11 projects to be invited.
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE (July 12, 2013)
Street Fighting Man is 1 of 29 films to receive a grant from the Sundance Documentary Fund.
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE (June 19, 2013)
Director Andrew James and editor Jason Tippet are selected to participate in the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab. Street Fighting Man is one of 9 projects selected world-wide.
SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY (June 17, 2013)
Street Fighting Man is 1 of 13 finalist for the SFFS Documentary Fund.
THE INDEPENDENT (May 6, 2013)
For its annual 10 Filmmakers to Watch series, The Independent highlights the Street Fighting Man team and interviews director Andrew James.
HOT DOCS (March 13, 2013)
Street Fighting Man is 1 of 19 projects from around the world selected to pitch at the 2013 Hot Docs Forum.
THE INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER PROJECT (August 10, 2012)
IFP Announces the 34th Edition of Independent Film Week. Street Fighting Man is selected for the “Spotlight on Documentaries” program.
MODEL D (June 5, 2012)
Street Fighting Man gets some love from the popular Detroit blog, Model D. It features a quote from director Andrew James and a link to the Kickstarter campaign.
HOOD HYPE (June 1, 2012)
One of the best hip-hop podcats around plugs Street Fighting Man, praising the access, intimacy, honesty, and cinematography.
what (not) to doc (June 1, 2012)
Basil Tsiokos, Sundance programmer and all around documentary guru, features Street Fighting Man on his blog saying, “I’m intrigued by the hyper-focused approach James is taking with this project by following only three subjects. That they represent three distinctive generations suggests the approximation of an almost longitudinal perspective that should yield curious insight into the experience of living in Detroit in the past, present, and future.”
SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY (May 30, 2012)
Director Andrew James is interviewed for City Weekly by Greg Wilcox, which features a great discussion about Street Fighting Man and Kickstarter.
WARRENDALE (DETROIT) (May 25, 2012)
Street Fighting Man is featured on a local Detroit blog by Frank Nemecek. Features a quote from the director and snippets from the press release.
XTM ONLINE (May 15, 2012)
Street Fighting Man gets some love from the Atlanta-based production company, XTM.
THE INDEPENDENT (May 13, 2012)
Producer Sara Archambault highlights several inspirational working Mom’s and the challenges they face when balancing Motherhood and indie filmmaking. The piece contains a great anecdote about the production of Street Fighting Man.
ABSOLUTE MICHIGAN (May 10, 2012)
Street Fighting Man is featured on Absolute Michigan and praised for telling the story of Detroit’s neighborhoods.
SHADOW & ACT (May 9, 2012)
Street Fighting Man is featured on Shadow and Act, an IndieWire blog that focuses on “film and filmmakers of the African Diaspora.”
WNYC’S THE TAKEAWAY (May 9, 2012)
Street Fighting Man is featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, The Takeaway. Host Celeste Headlee interviews Executive Producer, Joe Vaughn, and praises the film’s approach, calling it “Beautiful, hopeful, and totally real.” Soundbites and clips from the film are featured.
THE SELECTIVE ECHO (May 8, 2012)
Les Roka previews Street Fighting Man and highlights the film’s post-production Kickstarter campaign. He praises the film saying, “James does not scrub away any of the harsh realities that might unsettle or even disturb viewers who perhaps are more accustomed to the memes that keep them at a safe artistic distance. In ‘Street Fighting Man,’ these realities take on eye-opening awareness wiping away the expectations of exoticism that inadvertently creeps into some documentaries about the urban crisis in America.”
BRIDGE MAGAZINE (May 4, 2012)
Nancy Derringer interviews director Andrew James and previews Street Fighting Man for Bridge Magazine.
THE DOCUMENTARY BLOG (March 6, 2012)
Jay Cheel features the new Street Fighting Man trailer on his blog saying, “It looks like ‘Street Fighting Man’ is going to be a powerful, beautifully shot piece of work that gracefully combines a socially relevant issue with some great, cinematic filmmaking.”
HOUR DETROIT MAGAZINE (October 5, 2010)
Mark Kurlyandchik features Burn, Detroit Hustles Harder, Lemonade Detroit, and Street Fighting Man in a new article about Detroit-related documentaries for Hour Detroit Magazine.
INDIE WIRE (September 1, 2010)
Brian Brooks and Bryce J. Renninger highlight several new projects in development.
THE SELECTIVE ECHO (August 6, 2010)
Les Roka interviews director Andrew James for The Selective Echo blog and highlights both Street Fighting Man and the blossoming art scene in Salt Lake City.
TORONTO SCREEN SHOTS (August 5, 2010)
James McNally pledges his support to Street Fighting Man and highlights the film on his blog.
ION CINEMA (August 3, 2010)
Ion Cinema highlights several prominent films in production including Street Fighting Man and new films from Judith Ehrlich, and Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing.
INDIE WIRE (August 2, 2010)
Thom Powers recaps the 2010 Traverse City Film Festival and highlights upcoming projects form some of the filmmakers attending the festival.
FILM THREAT (August 2, 2010)
Mark Bell interviews director Andrew James for Film Threat, calling Street Fighting Man “a certified film threat in progress.”
CONSIDERING THE CINEMA
"The strongest praise I can give Cleanflix is to acknowledge that it actually influencedmy opinion on the matter of edited movies."
Philip Gordon, a featured subject in Cleanflix, publishes a cover story on sanitized films for City Weekly magazine.
Cleanflix directors, Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi, discuss the film in-depth on a special episode of the CTS Podcast with critic Jason Pyles and his co-hosts.
NEW YORK UNITED FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix is the recipient of the Best Documentary Award at the 2010 New York United Film Festival.
TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix has been selected to screen at the 2010 Tallgrass Film Festival. Other films include Stonewall Uprising and Last Train Home.
NEW YORK UNITED FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix is selected to screen at the 2010 New York United Film Festival. Other films include Special When Lit and The Elephant in the Living Room.
SIDEWALK MOVING PICTURE FESTIVAL
Cleanflix is selected to screen at the 2010 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. Other films include Marwencol and Exit Through The Gift Shop.
CHARLOTTE FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix is chosen as a featured selection at the 2010 Charlotte Film Festival. Other films include Holy Rollers and Dogtooth.
"Cleanflix is a gem of a documentary. The story, running at 85 minutes, is well-shot and well-told."
"Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi join forces and unleash a powerful, poignant and balanced exploration into the debate of creative control between the customer and the creator. The question of who really owns the property we purchase ignites a firestorm of emotional intrigue that captivates the audience every step of the way. With the help of video comparisons, intellectual interviews and well-crafted visuals, the duo has captured a fascinating debate for both sides, supplying each standpoint with enough screen time to allow viewers to make the ultimate judgment."
WEBSTER UNIVERSITY FILM SERIES
Cleanflix has been selected to screen at the Webster Film Series, a year-round program that offers the newest in independent features and documentaries.
KRCL RADIO ACTIVE (August 11, 2010)
Directors Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi appear live on KRCL's Radio Active to discuss the Utah premiere of Cleanflix.
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
Sean Means previews the 2010 Salt Lake City Film Festival and highlights Cleanflix and Sons of Perdition. Includes a few quotes from directors Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi.
Cleanflix directors, Andrew James and Joshua Ligari, along with producer, Amber Bollinger, discuss the film in-depth with DocMovies.com editor, Kobi Shely.
Jay Cheel discusses Cleanflix on the Film Junk podcast with Sean Dwyer and Charlotte Cook and gives the film 3 out of 4 stars.
SALT LAKE CITY FILM FESTIVAL
The Salt Lake City Film Festival selects Cleanflix as their opening night film. Other films at this year's festival include Alamar, 45365, and Sons of Perdition.
HARDACRE FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix is chosen for the 12th annual Hardacre Film Festival in Tipton, Iowa. Other films include Let Me In, Ballhawks, and American Grindhouse.
TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix is hand selected by Michael Moore for his 2010 Traverse City Film Festival as part of the "Dangerous Docs" category. Other films nclude Gasland, Collapse, Waiting For Superman, and Restrepo.
KAHBANG MUSIC ART & FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix is selected for the 2010 KahBang Music Art & Film Festival in Bangor, Maine as one of their opening night selctions. Musical guests include OK Go, B.o.B., and Biz Markie.
Cleanflix is selected as the opening night film for the first bi-weekly DocYard film series in Boston. Other selections include The Philosopher Kings and Last Train Home.
STRANGER THAN FICTION
A nice write-up by Thom Powers for the Stranger Than Fiction screening of Cleanflix at the IFC Center, featuring a few quotes from co-director Andrew James during the Q&A.
An interview with the co-directors of Cleanflix for the Stranger Than Fiction screening of the film at the IFC Center.
"As the documentary follows Thompson’s efforts to stay in business [...] it reveals that he is dealing with other, more complex legal and moral issues, beyond the copyright case or the effort to serve his clients."
NBC NEW YORK
NBC New York features Cleanflix in "around the town events" (along with a Courtney Love performance and Molly Ringwald book signing) and calls the subject matter "fascinating stuff."
"Cleanflix was one of the more insightful documentaries that I have seen [...] Everything about Cleanflix from content, editing, soundtrack, and subject matter all provide an excellent viewing experience."
THE FILM EXPERIENCE
"Here's to fucked up value systems!!!"
A preview of recommended films at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival including Cypher Vision, Climate Refugees, and Cleanflix.
"Cleanflix is wonderfully produced and highly educational documentary with an ironic twist that poses strong cases for both sides of the issue. The film does not offer any specific answers, objectively reveals the issues and leaves the discussion open to the audience."
FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix co-directors, Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi, take part in a filmmaker panel at the 2010 Florida Film Festival moderated by Chris Gore. Other panelists include Amber Benson of Drones, Camilla Calamandrei of The Tiger Next Door, and Jen McGowan of Touch.
THE DAILY BUZZ
Cleanflix co-directors Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi appear live on The Daily Buzz, a nationally-broadcast early morning show to discuss the film with Mitch English and promote the second screening at the 2010 Florida Film Festival.
Cleanflix gets a nice preview in Nashville Scene as one of the "highly recommended" films at the 2010 Nashville Film Festival.
MOVIE BRAIN ROT
Movie geek podcast, Movie Brain Rot, discusses the irony of Cleanflix and debates the question of sanitiizing films.
"The beauty of Cleanflix is how it provides such a rich understanding of why the Mormon populace would demand such sanitation to their cinema [...] Cleanflix is a sharply produced, surprisingly even-handed story of editorial demand mutating into a Wild West mentality."
"I’ll never say this again in my life, but I’m with the Mormons. This balanced documentary focuses on the battle between Hollywood (represented here by a pompous Steven Soderbergh and Curtis Hanson) and a Salt Lake City chain that edited out the “bad stuff” from popular films [...] It’s Paradise Lost with magic underwear!"
Jason Jude Chan previews several of the films screening at the Stranger Than Fiction film series, including And Everything is Going Fine and Cleanflix.
"Cleanflix is a crazy documentary [...] Without spoiling it for anyone, let’s just say the outcome of Daniel Thompson's story could not have been written better by any Hollywood writer."
"These "censorship" issues are still with us and as Joshua Ligairi and Andrew James’ documentary Cleanflix points out, both sides have a point."
NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix is selected for the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival and will be playing alongside such films as Family Affair and Videocracy.
"The film takes an unexpected but rewarding turn in the third act, shifting from a straight delivery of fact to a scathing indictment of the hypocrisy behind religious fundamentalism."
STRANGER THAN FICTION
Cleanflix is selected for the Stranger Than Fiction film series in New York City.
NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix is selected for competition. Other films at the festival include Family Affair, Saturday Night, No Crossover, and Dogtooth.
HAMMER TO NAIL
San Jose phenomenon, Alejandro Adams, the director of Babnik, Canary, and Around the Bay, shares his thoughts on Cinequest 20 and the films that made the biggest impressions on him.
Cleanflix is selected as one of seven audience favorites at Cinequest 20 and will have an encore screening during the final day of the festival.
FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix is selected for the American Independent Competition at the 2010 Florida Film Festival alongside such films as Best Worst Movie, Exit Through The Gift Shop, and How To Fold A Flag.
SAN JOSE METRO
"Cleanflix cruises to a twist ending that no screenwriter would have dared propose […] It's a terrific tale."
THE TRAIL 103.3
Cleanflix co-director Andrew James appears live on The Trail 103.3, one of Missoula's most popular radio stations, to discuss the film.
Cleanflix co-director Andrew James appears live on Montana Today, Missoula's NBC affiliate, to discuss the film.
University of Montana's newspaper highlights 3 films from the upcoming Big Sky Documentary Film Festival including Cleanflix.
A full page Cleanflix write-up. Warning, some spoilers.
Andrew James is invited to speak at Big Sky High School in Missoula, Montana.
TORONTO SCREEN SHOTS
An interview with filmmakers Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi by James McNally.
LAKE COUNTY FILM FESTIVAL
Cleanflix is selected for the documentary competition alongside such films as Still Bill, and Trust Us This is All Made Up.
Cleanflix is chosen for the maverick documentary competition alongside such films as Buried Prayers, Cooking History, The Sonosopher, and Tijuana Project.
An article about filmmaking in Utah which mentions Star Trek, Frozen, and Cleanflix.
BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
The U.S. premiere of Cleanflix will be at he 2010 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival alongside such films as Last Train Home, Reel Injun, Sweetgrass, and Art & Copy.
An in-depth interview with the directors of Cleanflix by Gavin Sheehan.
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
Cleanflix is included in a write up by Sean P. Means of the Salt Lake Tribune remembering arts and culture in 2009.
IN THIS WEEK
Cleanflix directors Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi are interviewed by Spencer Sutherland.
BIG THOUGHTS FROM A SMALL MIND (September 22, 2009)
"Daniel Thompson is a walking contradiction that perfectly encapsulates the religious versus consumerist debate that is one of the underlying themes of the film."
"Cleanflix is easily the most interesting topical documentary about movies since This Film Is Not Yet Rated."
"Cleanflix is a very smart and critical–but never dismissive–film about two vastly different worlds colliding over artistic censorship."
"The dramatic twists and turns that emerge are so sordid and bizarre that they could not have been scripted."
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
Sean P. Means' wrap up of TIFF 2009 mentions Cleanflix, Up In the Air, and Capitalism: A Love Story, among others.
"Cleanflix casts Daniel Thompson as the David to the DGA’s Goliath before cleverly turning the analogy on its head when it’s revealed Thompson may not be the squeaky-clean morality ambassador he was made out to be."
"In different hands, the documentary Cleanflix would be a true, holier than thou documentary masterpiece that makes the high-minded average progressive feel superior just by the fact of its existence. Fortunately, Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi are better filmmakers than that, and because of their efforts, this film has one thing the average Michael Moore rake out doesn’t have: pathos for the skewered."
AIN'T IT COOL NEWS
"Very compelling [...] Daniel Thompson rivals King of Kong’s Billy Mitchell in being one of those ideal documentary subjects, who you can’t quite believe is a real guy."
"The real story isn't just about intellectual property; it's about the daily difficulties that the devoutly religious have in trying to participate in mainstream American culture while retaining as much of the purity of their own beliefs as they can."
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
An article by Sean P. Means of the Salt Lake Tribune covering the world premiere of Cleanflix at TIFF 2009.
PATTIE'S POP CULTURE PARADISE
"The filmmakers, Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi, took a subject that, in the wrong hands, may have come across as boring and preachy, but instead made it into an enlightening, entertaining, and funny movie."
Sky Sitney, Artistic Director of Silverdocs, names Cleanflix among her top four anticipated docs of TIFF 2009 along with Collapse, Presumed Guilty, and La Danse.
A DAMN MOVIE PODCAST
An interview with Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi on A Damn Movie Podcast, the nationally popular movie podcast, broadcast from Salt Lake City.
A preview of several TIFF films, including Cleanflix, The Road, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
David D'Arcy of Haifa International Film Festival names Cleanflix among his four most anticipated docs of TIFF 2009 along with How to Fold a Flag, Snowblind, and The Art of the Steal.
Basil Tsiokos, Associate Programmer of Sundance, picks Cleanflix as one of his top four anticipated docs of TIFF 2009 along with Ahead of Time, The Art of the Steal, and Inferno.
Karina Longworth of Spout Blog lists Cleanflix among her most anticipated dos of TIFF 2009 along with Videocracy, Capitalism: A Love Story, and Inferno, among others.
Sundance documentary programmer, Dave Courier, picks Cleanflix as one of his top four anticipated docs of TIFF 2009 along with The Most Dangerous Man In America, Colony, and Stolen.
A preview of some of the most anticipated films at TIFF 2009, including Cleanflix, Day of the Dead, and Bad Lieutenant.
An interview with the directors of Cleanflix by Kynan Griffin.
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE BLOG
Sean Means, film critic at the Salt Lake Tribune, previews the World Premiere of Clenflix.
According to a new article in Variety, Cleanflix is one of the hot docs to see at TIFF, along with Collapse and Under the Great White Northern Lights.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Cleanflix is mentioned in the headline of the first TIFF 2009 preview by The Hollywood Reporter.
ALL THESE WONDERFUL THINGS
Thom Powers, documentary programmer at TIFF, discusses several films, including Cleanflix, Colony, and Schmatta.
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The 2009 Toronto International Film Festival announces its documentary lineup. Cleanflix is chosen for the Reel to Reel program, which features such films as The Art of the Steal and The Most Dangerous Man in America.