Under the Ground: The Story of Liberation News Service

By the late 60’s, Liberation News Service (LNS) united hundreds of radical underground newspapers that had sprung up around the world in opposition to the Vietnam War and faced a backlash from the mainstream media, the government and often, violence from the police. Called the 'AP of the underground press', LNS was not just a voice for the counterculture but for a generation of people who challenged the powers in Washington and on Wall Street. They called themselves 'soldiers of the Revolution who happened to use typewriters' and their aim was to 'empower readers with truths to make the world a better place'. This film examines LNS from its fledgling beginnings as the brainchild of two young radical college editors , its symbiotic relationship with the flourishing underground press and its legacy as the forerunner to contemporary independent online newsgathering like Truthout.org that is dedicated to providing independent news and commentary ‘to …inspire the direct action that is necessary to save the planet and humanity’.

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    January 11, 2021
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Director Biography - Dorothy Dickie

Producer/director/videographer/editor Dorothy Dickie was recognized with a national Emmy Award for directing WGBH’s 'Design Squad' which also earned a Peabody Award. She was also recognized with a New England Emmy for her story about Cité Mémoire, the spectacular outdoor projections illustrating major moments in Montreal’s 375 year history.

She produced, shot and edited the Emmy-nominated documentary series, 'Beyond Bernie: Searching for Vermont’s Political Identity' for Vermont PBS. She has recently produced 'The X Factor: Women in New England Politics' for Rhode Island PBS which was selected to the 2021 Made Here Film Festival, 2021 Toronto Women Film Festival and the L.A. Independent Women Film Awards.

'Under the Ground: The Story of Liberation News Service' is her first independent feature-length documentary which was recognized with a Public Media Award for Best Cultural Documentary in 2022. She also earned Best Female Director at the 2022 Santa Barbara Film Awards.

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