Want ad free episodes? At press time, church leaders were preparing for a highly-contested legal battle to record the voice-over work on a 12 part mini-series expected to air on Showtime next summer. She was a follower of Scientology between 1979, when she joined at the age of nine alongside her parents, and 2013, when she left under acrimonious circumstances. The answer that I was given when I asked about it was, "You have no right to look at these things. Keagan Bee. There have been 444 letters written to the show’s advertisers by a Scientology front group called the STAND League. What do you think drew those people to the series? The actor's departure came a few years after producer-director Paul Haggis' high-profile split with the Church and just months after the publication of Lawrence Wright's Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, which served as the basis for Alex Gibney's HBO documentary of the same name. And I'm okay. So I was interrogated and sent to Florida for reprogramming. LR: Yes. The Truth to Power Award, a new addition to the IDA Documentary Awards roster, recognizes an individual or institution that has shown conspicuous fortitude, tenacity and resoluteness in holding those in power to account. Ad free episodes for patrons. People who have been raped, molested and abused are going up against a $3 billion business [Scientology] that has a department called OSA [Office of Special Affairs], which is dedicated to silencing those people from speaking out. As for the actual documentary content, I found it a very one sided affair and if John Sweeney thinks he exposed Scientology he is actually mistaken. So we continued to do the program and more and more people kept reaching out to us. Many of those viewers had no connection to Scientology. I wonder if Kirstie knows about it, or he's kept his mouth shut about it. The Sea Org people, who sign Billion Year contracts, bore the brunt of the mistreatment and are well represented in this film. He exposed the tactics in the BBC documentary, My Scientology Movie, which debuted to mostly positive reviews in the UK last year and in the US last month. D: Is it over the top to say that the Church of Scientology sounds similar to the Mafia? The documentary Going Clear exposes the Church of Scientology, the mind of its creator and the Hollywood celebrities who follow its teachings … Is Scientology like other religious organizations?LR: Number one, Scientology isn't a religion. The Secrets of Scientology is a documentary which was broadcast on 28 September 2010 as part of the BBC's Panorama documentary strand. D: How hard was the decision, not only write the book but to do the show?LR: In the beginning, it was not a hard decision to make. We also don't call it a church. I'm not talking handing out a basket and putting in what you can afford. If Mitch McConnell Is a Turtle, Why Wouldn’t I Feel Bad Seeing Him Get Crushed by an SUV? Review: Scientology Documentary 'Going Clear' Exposes The Horrors Of The Religion. But what makes it even more different than any real religion is that Scientology has a department solely dedicated to going after people who are speaking out against it. Tweet. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a 2015 documentary film about Scientology.Directed by Alex Gibney and produced by HBO, it is based on Lawrence Wright's book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief (2013). Rules of war. That was followed by producing and hosting A&E’s docu series Scientology and the Aftermath for three years. My Scientology … The second part was losing all of my friends of 30-plus years. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is an American documentary series that investigates the Church of Scientology through the experiences of American actress Leah Remini and other former members. Addie Morfoot has been covering the entertainment industry for the last 15 years. They call themselves a religious organization that stands up for free speech and freedom of religion, but they are the antithesis of that.D: In 2015 you wrote Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. There are no rules in Scientology. D: Scientology and the Aftermath had a dedicated following. Scientology knows that we are telling the truth and the contributors of our program are telling the truth and that is why they are doing what they're doing [against us]. Scientology exposed: HBO doc ‘Going Clear’ sheds light on the Church’s secret, cult-like rituals The documentary is based on the 2013 nonfiction book by journalist Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, condensing many of the 560-page book’s most startling revelations into a 120-minute HBO film. Her A&E documentary series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, has exposed the shocking treatment a legion of ex-Scientologists say they received at the hands of CSI. Hey Alexa, Can the Government Track Me Through the COVID Vaccine? D: The Church of Scientology achieved tax-exempt religious organization status from the IRS in 1993. ILMAN HOT SPRINGS, Calif. — Every single member of the Church of Scientology were found last week to be undercover documentary filmmakers who only joined to try to expose the controversial religion’s practices, according to a recent report from the church’s headquarters. Is that still your biggest fear?LR: Things have happened. Scientology is a pre-set pricelist. Leah Remini's A&E documentary (which is now on Netflix) has caused the Church of Scientology to launch multiple attacks at her. It probably has affected my career, but I don't want a career if that means not doing this work. Every person who has appeared on our show has a hate website put out on them within seconds of the show airing. D: Do you think leaving Scientology has affected your acting career?LR: Yes. Three years ago, Remini did the unthinkable when she produced an A&E documentary series that exposed the Church of Scientology's deepest and darkest secrets. A letter … What real church has a division that does that? +Suggest. Then I found out all my letters were never sent to her because they were inappropriate. A project in Kansas City, KS by M. 000 days : 00 hours : 00 minutes . Her personal essays have been published in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Salon, Cosmopolitan.com and the Los Angeles Times. I feel a need to do the right thing. Help me join Scientology and make an undercover documentary. What has your life been like for the past four years? And of course Alex Gibney and HBO doing Going Clear, as well as Lawrence Wright’s book coming out, are all huge steps in the right direction. Funding Unsuccessful. Known for her hit CBS sitcom King of Queens, Remini left the Church in 2013 after 35 years as a devout member. Instead, in Scientology it is: 'You have to learn things verbatim. All religions are cults, the Roman Catholic Church, broad based Christianity, Islam, Scientology, whatever - they are all cults and designed by man to control the world population. And if that means Hollywood is loyal to John Travolta or Tom Cruise or Kirstie Alley, than I don't want to work with them. Suggest Tags. D: Is it accurate that you started to doubt the church due to the absence of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of the church's leader, David Miscavige, at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' 2006 wedding? LEAH REMINI: Six years. © 2021 International Documentary Association. The Mafia has never claimed to be anything but. We haven't and we won't. 03/09/18 - 23:29 in Big Brother #1. I was involved with Scientology from 1978-1990 and encountered some of the human rights abuses that Alex Gibney exposed in his documentary. Documentary & News. ACCORDING to an explosive new documentary, there are only two ways to bring Scientology down, and one big reason neither will happen. You are showing your disaffection if you are looking at things on the internet." You cannot go outside of Scientology for information. According to reports, the undercover membership wasn’t limited to leadership: the youthful Sea Org was actually the entire USC film school class of 2012, and the Citizens Commission on Human Rights was, in fact, VICE headquarters. Responding to the film Scientology took out full-page ads in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times claiming that the documentary is full is misinformation. Allegedly, all members of the Church of Scientology-Tokyo are knowing participants on the reality show Supēsukuramu Kazan-Shin [Space Clam Volcano God]. While the beliefs and organization are all under the same umbrella (and followers tend to go back and forth between the countries), it is still really interesting and shocking to hear similar stories coming from two totally different locations. Mongo101 Posts: 55. ... Scientology Exposed by Today Tonight from Tuesday the 23rd of February 2010. I totally thought I’d get busted, but no one said anything. There will be a mom from Florida or a guy from Minnesota speaking up and out about a $3 billion cult who goes after you when you do and I think that gives people hope to do something about things that they want to see changed in the world that have nothing to do with Scientology. LR: We were doing the work when cameras were rolling and when they weren't rolling and we are still doing the work. Dec 26, 2016 - Explore Tillie Araiza's board "Scientology Exposed", followed by 184 people on Pinterest. Included therein are programs for human rights, human decency, literacy, morality, drug prevention and disaster relief. The Church of Scientology… LR: I think people are feeling apathetic about what they can do. This is something that I just won't give up on. D: What was the most frightening part of leaving the Church in 2013?LR: Losing my family. I remember watching it a while back. “Sometimes, you couldn’t hear anyone in meetings over the whirring of recording devices — sounds everyone blamed on air conditioning.”. There is no 'You can assimilate information and the teachings of the Bible.' I also think that they our program as a beacon of hope. I also think the fear of the press is going away because now the press is doing their own articles and research and finding out the truth. And you are paying for Scientology.' I also think that [the church] went from being considered by the [general] public as that funny, crazy, little innocuous organization to people seeing how truly toxic and dangerous it is and how it's destroying families and lives and obstructing justice. “I walked into the Clearwater center in 1990 wearing a giant hat with a camera in it,” admitted Scientology’s most famous member, actor Tom Cruise. Dec 16, 2017 - Taking a cold hard look at the truth about the so-called "Church" of Scientology. The Truth About Drugs Film A powerful and comprehensive look into the true dangers of the most popular drugs, from marijuana, opioids and synthetic street drugs, to the addictive pharmaceuticals marketed with slick advertising campaigns and stocked inside medicine cabinets of the average American household. See more ideas about scientology, church of scientology, underground bunker. Vice President Bob Adams turned out to have a deal with Netflix, while Michelle Stith, President of the Church of Scientology-Los Angeles, was a producer on the TV show Restaurant Stakeout. Earlier this year, after 36 episodes, Scientology and the Aftermath came to a close (although it's now streaming on Hulu), but Remini’s fight against the Church of Scientology is long from over. Today Tonight - Scientology Child Labor Exposed Part … Meanwhile, President of the Church of Scientology-New York John Carmichael is, in reality, Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris. Then I started looking on the internet and reading about people leaving Scientology who were physically abused by David Miscavige. See more ideas about Scientology, Scientology secrets, Satanic ritual abuse. More information Revealed: Scientology leader's f-word rant at employees in 2007 who he forced to sabotage journalist's investigative documentary on the organization. This inaugural honor goes to actor/producer/author Leah Remini, who, as an outspoken critic of the Church of Scientology, of which she was formerly a member, has been subjected to a withering series of attacks—from online trolling to death threats—from the Church. 4:41. Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to … Going Clear scientology and the prison of belief. Would you like to receive event invitations, news, and updates from the International Documentary Association? Our new podcast network. Scientology: The Ex-Files is a great documentary about Scientology, with a special focus on the Australian arm of the notorious cult.. In addition to being an immediate critical success, the series drew strong ratings and won an Emmy for Informational Series in 2017, as well as an IDA Documentary Award nomination for Best Episodic Series. We Told Ted Cruz His Wife Was Ugly and Now He Does Whatever We Say, 2021 Is the Year I Finally Gnaw My Leg off and Escape This Basement. You're not allowed to reach out to those people who were speaking out because if you do, you will be expelled [from the church]. Production and Post-Production Grants Application Guidelines, IDA Truth to Power Award: A Conversation with Rappler Reporters, Essential Doc Reads: Week of January 3, 2021, 'The Dissident': Giving Voice to the Silenced, Amicus Award: Regina K. Scully, Supporting Filmmakers Who Dare to Go Deeper, Meet the Filmmakers: Kate Logan, Director/Producer, 'Kidnapped For Christ', Meet the DocuWeek Filmmakers: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady--'Jesus Camp'. Backers: 0 Funded: $0 of $20,000 Dates: Mar 30th-> Apr 29th (30 days) Project By: M. Tags: Aw shucks, no tags yet. It took me that long because I was indoctrinated in Scientology as a child by my parents. Presented by John Sweeney, it is a follow-up of his 2007 investigation into the Church of Scientology and features interviews with former high-ranking members of the organisation. Scientology, Exposed? This could be very Pollyanna of me and very naive, but I do believe that good will win out in the end. D: Back in 2016 you told Larry King that your biggest fear was that nothing was going to happen to the church. LR: Yes, I do. All Rights Reserved. Visit Project. And before the documentary aired, the Church of Scientology resorted to its attack-the-attacker policy with a series of videos smearing ex-Scientologists interviewed in the film. You will be shunned and you will get a "Fair Gamed," which is Scientology's policy on how to attack and discredit people from speaking the truth about what happened to them as a member of Scientology. DOCUMENTARY: You left The Church of Scientology in 2013. Hardeep's Scientology expose documentary. “I realized something was up when I recognized President Heber Jentzsch from an expose on expiration date fraud at Kroger,” said Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw, herself an investigative journalist for KNBC news, the Los Angeles NBC affiliate. By … D: Do you think the Church will ever go away? Investigators found the conspiracy had spread throughout Scientology leadership. I think you're insulting the Mafia [by making the comparison]. So millions and millions of dollars of tax-exempt money has been used simply to destroy [the show’s and my] reputation and to silence those who are speaking out and to hopefully prevent any victims from coming forward in the future. I can't just walk away, especially seeing what [Scientology] is doing to people who don't have a platform to get their stories out there. The ROLLER COASTER designed to KILL ☠️☠️, The Town That's Been ON FIRE for 60 YEARS , REPOST: The Hard Times w/ Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), The Top 5 Comments on Hard Drive Articles This Week. “I was just a beat reporter for the Bucks County Courier Times when I was assigned to look into this Hubbard guy in 1975,” Chairman of the Board David Miscavige admitted during a press conference. D: What are you most proud of with regards to your work against Scientology?LR: I'm proud that people continue to speak out and I'm proud that people now know what Scientology truly is, how it affects people and how it's attempting to destroy people's lives. We are not going to give up. Aug 5, 2015 - Controversial film was delayed by months after its US premiere on HBO following concerns over potential libel actions I thought that Season One of the show would get the attention of the FBI, the Department of Justice, the local police departments, but it didn't. I don't understand how a human being goes from being seen everywhere David is to not being seen. Film & Video. You're raised with a cult mentality that whatever's being disseminated in the public are lies and that the people who are speaking out against Scientology are criminals. Also, losing my community and losing this false purpose, which was, as Scientologists, we thought that we are saving mankind and the world. Welcome to the Scientology Network Documentary Showcase Fundamental to Scientology is a humanitarian mission of extraordinary scope, now extending to some 200 nations. Called Scientology and the Aftermath, the series, hosted by Remini and fellow former Scientologist Mike Rinder features ex-Scientologists (known in the church as Suppressive Persons) who detail the emotional and physical abuse they suffered while members of the organization birthed by L. Ron Hubbard. Forum Member. I never thought I would get death threats. 2015. D: Was it hard to see Scientology and the Aftermath come to an end? Her work has appeared in Variety, The New York Times Magazine, Crain's New York Business, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Documentary and Adweek. Turns out, all the real members fled years ago.”. That began my questioning. Then I was told that I didn't have the fucking rank to ask about Shelly Miscavige. Skip to main content. by Carman Tse in Arts & Entertainment on March 13, 2015 12:00 AM. Amazon.com: scientology exposed. I have something like 300,000 hours of footage.”. [The church’s Disconnection policy "asks" members to not  associate with former members.] LR: No. Get Dead’s New Record Ominously Shows Up in Trump’s Streaming Library, Opinion: The Beatles Are Just a 34-Hit Wonder. Leah Remini, the actress best known for hit CBS sitcom “King of Queens,” produced documentary series about the Church of Scientology. Nov 30, 2016 - Chairman of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, went on a series of foul-mouth rants at employees in 2007, according to new court documents. Seguir. The good news is that their membership is declining. “I did it as a goof to kill time on the set of Days Of Thunder. Three years ago, Remini did the unthinkable when she produced an A&E documentary series that exposed the Church of Scientology's deepest and darkest secrets. "Going Clear": Scientology exposed Lawrence Wright's enthralling, meticulously fact-checked account of the insular church and its celebrity members. hace 3 años | 22 visualizaciones. “When I realized how wacko this supposed religion really was, I decided to make a film to see how far I could push this. Mike and I are very dedicated to continuing the fight. Two years later her tell-all memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, was published. Check out our Patreon. LR: I've received death threats. How long were you thinking of leaving? You cannot think outside the box. GILMAN HOT SPRINGS, Calif. — Every single member of the Church of Scientology were found last week to be undercover documentary filmmakers who only joined to try to expose the controversial religion’s practices, according to a recent report from the church’s headquarters. They are an organization with rules of engagement. 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