Doug Liman, ACLU, PEN American Center Ask Public to Submit Videos for Film Based on Torture Documents

“Reckoning With Torture” Will Combine Submitted Clips with Filmed Stage Performances by Top Actors, Writers and Former Military Officers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; NEW YORK – Acclaimed director Doug Liman today invited people from around the country to help make his next film, an innovative project called Reckoning With Torture: Memos and Testimonies From the “War On Terror.” The movie will combine video clips submitted by the public with filmed stage performances featuring actors like Robert Redford, Dianne Wiest and America Ferrera, as well as writers, former interrogators and military officers. The product of a partnership between Liman, the American Civil Liberties Union, and PEN American Center, the film is built around a script constructed from declassified government documents detailing the abuse of prisoners in U.S. custody since the September 11 terrorist attacks. The visceral sequence of readings reveals both the human cost of America’s post-9/11 torture program and the heroic struggle of many soldiers and intelligence officers to stop the abuse. You can watch a short video of past performance highlights and an introductory pitch from Liman here: Liman, whose credits include The Bourne Identity, Fair Game, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, is asking Americans to join him in filming the Reckoning script. Today he unveiled the film’s website,, where users can follow simple instructions to shoot and upload footage of themselves, their families, and friends delivering the readings. “I signed on to the Reckoning project because I’m convinced that the struggle for accountability for torture is one of the major moral tests of our lifetimes,” Liman said. “I was amazed by the power of the material to persuade and move live audiences. I was hoping that the popularity and success of my feature films would bring new audiences to the Reckoning experience, and I was excited to explore the ways in which the process of making a film could itself become an educational and organizing tool. I can’t wait to see where people take this.” Liman has already filmed live Reckoning With Torture performances at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and Lincoln Center in New York. In addition to the actors, performers at those events included authors Annie Proulx and Russell Banks, documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, former military interrogator Matthew Alexander, former CIA officer Jack Rice and former Guant