We are pleased to welcome Charles Ferguson to BAMPFA for screenings of three of his films, including his latest, Time to Choose, fresh from the Telluride Film Festival.
Ferguson has crafted a body of work unlike any other in the documentary realm.
A San Francisco native and UC Berkeley alum, Ferguson is one of the few individuals for whom an Academy Award for Best Documentary might be just an afterthought on his resume; he has also been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, a visiting scholar and lecturer at MIT and Berkeley, an advisor to the White House, and a founding director of pioneering Internet software companies. Channeling these varied interests and fields of knowledge into cinema, Ferguson has crafted a body of work unlike any other in the documentary realm.
Ferguson’s debut film, No End in Sight (2007), investigates the reconstruction of postwar Iraq, and boasts appearances by top-level military and political figures. It lays bare the many policy failures of the American invasion, and was awarded a special jury prize for documentaries at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. His next work, Inside Job (2010), on the causes of the global financial meltdown of 2008, earned him the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Like No End in Sight, it derives its power from Ferguson’s access to top financiers, politicians, and academics who either critiqued or benefited from the greed that caused the meltdown. The director’s newest film, the impeccably researched Time to Choose, tackles climate change and what we can do to address it.
Jason Sanders, Film Notes Writer