'Clear' and Present Danger: Alex Gibney on His Bold Scientology Doc - 2015-03-19
Having already stirred up a hornet's nest after its premiere last January at the Sundance Film Festival and a brief theatrical run, Oscar winner Alex Gibney's new documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is about to take the sins of Scientology and turn them into Sunday-night appointment viewing. Debuting on HBO on March 29th, the documentarian's adaptation of Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer-winning 2013 book systematically makes its case against the religion. Delving into accusations of emotional and physical abuse perpetrated by its founder L. Ron Hubbard and Chairman of the Board David Miscavige, as well as the organization's harassment of critics and alleged dirty-ops blackmailing of celebrities, Going Clear assembles its argument from interviews with former members and hard-to-obtain documents and footage from within the Church itself. It's everything you didn't see in Scientology's Super Bowl ads.