Scientology makes pre-emptive strike against Gibney documentary - 2015-01-16
The Times' Michael Cieply neatly details Scientology's accusations and Gibney's responses. The church accuses Gibney of journalistic lapses, such as turning down the church's offers to respond to the movie's accusations. Gibney counters that he requested interviews with church leader David Miscavige and other prominent Scientologists - but those requests were ignored, declined or had unreasonable conditions attached.
Gibney is a respected documentarian who has tackled chicanery in corporate life ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"), sports ("The Armstrong Lie"), the Catholic church ("Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God") and the war on terror (the Oscar-winning "Taxi to the Dark Side"). The Church of Scientology may have just ensured his latest movie, set to air on HBO in March, will be a hot ticket at Sundance.