I was kinda hoping to check out this Oscar-nominated documentary about Edward Snowden before the awards on February 22nd, but I still have not gotten a chance to. And it looks like I won't, since the film will debut exclusively on HBO after the award ceremony on February 23rd at 9pm EST (which makes me wonder how well the ratings will do if it loses the Oscar...).
Truthfully, I wasn't very interested in the CITIZENFOUR at first because the premise didn't really interest me. But of course once folks started talking about it, it turned into one of those "must-see" films that have to see just to be a part of the conversation. I may not be able to catch it before the Oscars, but it looks like I'll have plenty of other times to watch it as the network has planned several other airings of the film:
HBO: Feb. 23 (5:00 a.m.) and 27 (6:00 p.m.), and March 1 (3:15 a.m., 4:10 p.m.), 3 (11:30 p.m.) and 12 (4:05 a.m., 7:00 p.m.)
HBO2: Feb. 25 (4:25 p.m.) and 28 (7:15 a.m., 10:15 p.m.), and March 6 (11:25 a.m., 8:00 p.m.), 9 (2:00 p.m., 12:45 a.m.), 18 (3:20 a.m.) and 28 (3:15 p.m.)
In case you're unfamiliar with CITIZENFOUR, here's more about it in the synopsis:
Poitras had been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her, using the name "Citizenfour," in Jan. 2013. He reached out to Poitras because he knew she was a longtime target of government surveillance who had refused to be intimidated. When Snowden told Poitras he would not conceal his identity as the source of information on the massive surveillance of Americans by the NSA, Poitras persuaded him to meet in person and let her film their encounter.
CITIZENFOUR places viewers in the hotel room with Poitras, Greenwald and Snowden as they attempt to manage the media storm raging outside, forced to make quick decisions that will affect their lives and all around them. The documentary not only shows the dangers of governmental surveillance, but makes audiences feel them. After seeing the film, viewers will never think the same way about their phone, e-mail, credit cards, web browser or digital footprint again.
If any of you have already seen the documentary, let me know what you think of it in the comments.