Jason Leopold has the story:
The CIA’s involvement in the production of Zero Dark Thirty (effectively exchanging “insider” access for a two-hour-long torture commercial) has already been well-established, but the agency’s role in the production of Argo—which won the Best Picture Oscar for 2012—was heretofore unknown.
Source: CIA’s Work With Filmmakers Puts All Media Workers at Risk — FAIR
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John Rosselli was a Hollywood film producer for awhile and I always wondered what movies he made. I think there were some shennagans behind the film How Hollywood Makes Movies that Jack Ruby was involved in at the Dallas State Fairgrounds.
At times they may even fund movies with no intention of having the movie made.
Google: Marina Oswald Tex-Italia Films
Brian, unfortunately you cannot reasonably make that judgment of intent, based on the underinformed accounts of researchers who have written books and posted about this on internet and newsgroup discussions. The capacity and connections to actually produce such a film seem to have in fact, existed. Not enough research into those named in the investigation was actually done, so you are making an assumption based on arguments that impressed you but did not include these details.:
Charles Lasater is an actor and producer, known for Mission to Death (1966)
The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 22
Apr 28, 1983 – According to co-producers Charles and Sally Lasater, the show is going … American Horse and Horseman series, contact Tejano Productions, …
Résumé of Kenan Doyle Branam 8/19/2011
1975 Lasater Productions, Houston, Texas
1976 Mr. Charles Lasater Producer
Position: Program Manager/Editor
Responsibilities included video production management, budgeting,
scheduling, hiring, and post production supervision.
Program: The American Horse & Horseman Show A 15 hour special
interest program syndicated in 66 cities in the U.S. starring Dale
Burney Chapman and the Heart Bar Shoe (1983)
….This one and a half hour long program was filmed by Charles and Sally Lasater of Tejano Productions in 1983 in Houston, Texas. It includes the complete lecture and shoeing demonstration by Burney Chapman before the members of the American Farriers convention in Houston during that year….
VS …. continued
….continued from last post, reply to Brian, texitalia – Marina Oswald film project
DiEugenio promotes, repeats, and defends many “findings” of John Armstrong, but it does not appear he actually fact checks them.:
In Harvey & Lee, John Armstrong writes:
“….Shortly after signing the contract with Marina, Tex-Italia films was asked to leave Samuel Goldwyn Studios for failure to pay rent on their small office. On April 24, 1964 SA Leslie Warren completed an investigation into Tex-Italia films and wrote, “Indices of the Los Angeles office reflect no other pertinent information that could be indentified with the names Charles Lasater, George V. Douglas, or Wesley B. Blankenship. In otherwords, these men were probably not using their real names and monies paid to Marina by the unknown Tex-India films company came from unknown sources. (Italics Armstrong’s)”
Thank you Tom, much appreciated. It was a large sum of money for the time. They apparently were not using false names and may not have been acting at the behest of anyone other than themselves. Yours is actually the first rebuttal that I’ve seen to the insinuations that there may have been something shady about this and a good rebuttal it is.
Brian, thank you. The only curious thing I found as far as background, (aside from Charles W Deaton, see- http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=4710&p=189707 ) texitalia is on record as formed in Texas July, 1963, Charles R Lasater, agent, (see- https://www.corporationwiki.com/p/ic39t/texitalia-films-inc )
was that Lasater was credited in this odd TV production of the LBJ owned KBTC Austin tv station in 1960.
……(Bottom left of page) Cast
Charles Lasater as Clarence Phillips
May 20, 1972 Paper: Dallas Morning News – link to article image, describing Lasater.:
The CIA has a special film production unit.
In the late 1970s David Atlee Phillips and Gordon McLendon pitched the idea to CBS to produce a TV show on the CIA similar to The Untouchables and FBI TV shows that would put the CIA in a good light.
As I suggested at the time one script could deal with how both Phillips and McLendon became entwined in the assassination of President Kennedy.
William Kelly writes:
” . . . how both Phillips and McLendon became entwined in the assassination of President Kennedy.”
Do you mean the Old Scotsman, the guy who produced and “acted” in this epic stink bomb featuring mangy coonhounds all dressed up to look (nothing) like giant killer shrews? Hint: McLendon is the scientist wearing glasses in the opening scene of this trailer.
Warning: make sure your life insurance is paid up. The terrifying special effects might scare you to death!
Compare the treatment of those movies with what happened to this movie. I doubt “Kill the Messenger” is on that “redacted” list.
For more information, here is the Wikipedia page.