William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

Director: Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler Cast: William Kunstler, Dennis Banks

DVD (Wide Screen)


During the second half of the 20th century, William Kunstler was one of the most admired attorneys in America -- and one of the most hated. Kunstler was a man who thrived on controversial cases; in the 1960s, he specialized in defending clients who ran afoul of the law on civil rights and free speech issues, and he spoke on behalf of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Lenny Bruce, members of the Black Panther Party, Native American activists, and prisoner's rights groups. Kunstler found himself in the national media spotlight in 1969 when he defended "the Chicago Eight," activists who were accused of organizing riots during the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention; his flamboyant style in the courtroom fascinated the press, and some believe he soon became as interested in getting his name in the papers and his face on television as he was in the law. In his later years, Kunstler developed a reputation as a man who would defend clients no one else would touch, including drug dealers, accused rapists, organized crime figures, and suspected terrorists, though he remained a passionate advocate of the American legal system. Kunstler's daughters, Emily and Sarah, began asking their famous dad questions about his career and his ideals as children armed with a home movie camera, and they've used some of that footage -- along with vintage newsreels and interviews with Kunstler's friends, foes, and clients -- as the basis for the film William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, a biographical portrait of the man and his legacy. William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2010
UPC: 0767685212387
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: New Video Group
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:26:00

Special Features

Additional interviews and speeches by William Kunstler; William Kunstler's performance at caroline's comedy club; Kunstler home movies; Courtroom audio and archival footage on the Chicago 8 trial, wounded knee, and attica; Interview with the filmmakers; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Kunstler Actor
Dennis Banks Participant
Clyde Bellecourt Participant
Daniel Berrigan Participant
Herman Badillo Participant
Harry Belafonte Participant
Phil Donahue Participant
Jimmy Breslin Participant
Alan Dershowitz Participant
Elizabeth Fink Participant
Jean Fritz Participant
Karin Kunstler-Goldman Participant
Tom Hayden Participant
Bruce Jackson Participant
Gregory Joey Johnson Participant
Ron Kuby Participant
Margaret Ratner Kunstler Participant
Nancy Kurshan Participant
Gerald Lefcourt Participant
Vernon C. Mason Participant
Bill Means Participant
Michael Ratner Participant
Paul Red Participant
Yusef Salaam Participant
Bobby Seale Participant
Barry Slotnick Participant
Lynne Stewart Participant
M. Wesley Swearingen Participant
Madonna Thunderhawk Participant
Leonard Weinglass Participant

Technical Credits
Emily Kunstler Director,Editor,Producer
Sarah Kunstler Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Tracy Bunting Associate Producer
Jeremiah Dickey Animator
Sally Jo Fifer Executive Producer
Vanessa Hope Executive Producer
Emily Hubley Animator
Shahzad Ali Ismaily Score Composer
Susan Korda Producer
Andrew Lutsky Associate Producer
Jesse Moss Producer
Vanessa Wanger Executive Producer
Brett Wiley Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
1. David Versus Goliath [9:15]
2. An Alternate Universe [3:11]
3. Action is Everything [4:22]
4. A White Man of Privilege [3:25]
5. The Only Absolute is Justice [2:12]
6. The Government Will Stop at Nothing [12:14]
7. If Resistance Doesn't Work, Revolt! [1:29]
8. 4500 Rounds of Ammunition [13:39]
9. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee [9:19]
10. Wake Up Screaming [6:47]
11. Hated In New York City [9:36]
12. There is No Such Thing as a Fair Trial [10:07]

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