The Thin Blue Line
Dallas police officer Robert Wood was shot dead in November 1976 when he approached a blue Mercury Comet on the highway. Two men were in the car – who did it? Against the lifestyles of drifters and runaways, of drive-ins, convenience stores and shabby motels, The Thin Blue Line was a new slant on documentary, made all the more eerie with Philip Glass’ score. This is the film that put Errol Morris on the map before he went on to make The Fog of War, The Unknown Known, etc. Roger Ebert said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more … Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.”
David Beers is founding editor of The Tyee, a British Columbia-based online source for news, views and solutions-oriented journalism, winner of Canada’s Excellence in Journalism Award and North America’s Edward R. Murrow Award. The Tyee regularly breaks news and has received international notice as an innovative experiment in independent, internet-based journalism. Beers also teaches at the University of British Columbia School of Journalism. Before starting The Tyee in 2003 Beers worked as a senior editor at The Vancouver Sun, Mother Jones magazine, and the San Francisco Examiner. His writing has garnered National Magazine Awards in the U.S. and Canada. He is the author of a memoir: Blue Sky Dream.