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"Where I Stand" director dissects film

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Thursday, June 19, 2008 | 5:30 p.m.

Scott Goldstein, director of the documentary "Where I Stand," visits with Vegas 1 host Jeff Gillan to talk about his movie that depicts the extraordinary life of Las Vegas Sun founder Hank Greenspun.

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  1. I was at the afternoon viewing on June 18. Being new in town, a transplanted editor from NJ-NY, and wanting to learn more about Vegas history, it made sense from my perspective to start with an examination of the life of Hank Greenspun.

    Good call, for once! I was riveted, from the prescreening comments by the director and Brian Greenspun to the closing credits. What a man, that Hank! An outspoken, brazen activist after my own heart, he was; a kindred spirit and an inspiration even now, almost two decades after his death.

    The conceit--observing Greenspun as if he were writing his last column--worked well, and the interviews, film clips, misc. audio, narration, and Greenspun in his own words were woven seamlessly into a portrait of a man who, to me, was a pillar of justice and democracy.

    Though some might criticize his methods, I'd say the means justified the ends in his case. I know from my own experience, on a much smaller scale, that one person can make a difference, and I believe WHERE I STAND came about, for me, at a time I most needed a more-than-encouraging reminder. And I feel reassured that a little Brooklyn moxie can still go a long way to making Las Vegas an even better town. (So, sue me!)

    However Scott Goldstein came to learn about Hank Greenspun is immaterial to me. Though what possessed him to make this film is not beyond me, and for its making I'll be eternally grateful.

    Mr. Golstein, know that aside from my loud whoop at the film's conclusion, I regret that I did not give you--and Hank Greenspun--the standing ovation that I'd wanted to (audiences in the West are restrained by my standards). So know this: the moment after I click "send," I'll be giving you that ovation you both deserve.

    Thank you!
    Julianne Barbato
    Las Vegas

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