Investigative Filmmaker Shines Spotlight on US Protests

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 07:02 PM

By Andrea Billups

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Independent filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch has been in the thick of protests around the country, capturing how U.S. authorities mistreat dissenters, and he serves up his findings in his latest documentary, "We Ride to DC."

From his vantage point on the front lines, Lynch said he has been shocked, dismayed, and angered as he films citizens often getting tossed around as they exercise their constitutional right to express their anger at the government.

"I would go to these places and I'd start filming them and I was seeing all the things that are taking place at these rallies were either not being reported at all by the media or they were being completely distorted," Lynch said, describing the shooting of his movie, which includes shocking footage from last October when veterans were blocked from visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"I covered five or six rallies and that is how I created the film," Lynch told Newsmax. "I show you how it is repressed by ABC News and other mainstream media, completely bending the truth. I get the real story because I am there.

"I am not trying to sell an ideology, I'm trying to cover the real story," he said. "Not only do I discredit the mainstream media, but I give people the information they need."

Lynch, 44, known as DML to the faithful who follow his blog, turned from a career as a successful business entrepreneur into making movies after the 9/11 attacks.

The Long Island native was in Manhattan that day and the trauma caused him to re-examine his life's work and head off to film school. In 2006, he began his production company, TV360 Media, which has produced the films "King of the Hamptons" and two widely acclaimed documentaries about illegal immigration, "They Come to America" and "They Come to America II."

His latest film, "We Ride to DC," will be released on DVD later this month and he hopes to preview it on Fox News' "The Kelly File," where he often appears with host Megyn Kelly to discuss hot-button issues that he has reported on. They include his recent trip to Nevada where he got in the middle of the government standoff with the Bundy ranch family, shooting such compelling footage that he plans to recut his film "We Ride" to include the new material.

"Until America is fixed, the rides to D.C. won't stop. We the people are 100 percent fed up. The issues are many," Lynch says in the film's emotional teaser.

Lynch is seen in the latest Nevada footage on his website, walking out of a group of protesters and crossing into ranch territory, where a phalanx of police and government officers are poised with a host of weapons.

Lynch said he wanted to showcase what really went on during the standoff, calling the police presence appalling and frightening, and criticizing the president for creating divisiveness.

"The Obama administration is pitting American against American. He's done it with Obamacare, with the veterans, and now he's doing it with the ranchers and military personnel. I constantly see Americans fighting Americans in my work. And it's berserk, watching cops hitting veterans."

He said of the ranch standoff: "Some of those [law enforcement] guys in Nevada, they wouldn't point their guns at me. You could see that they didn't want to be there but they wanted to keep their jobs. It was disgusting."

Lynch, a father of four, said he never set out to be a political person, adding that like most other people, he was a casual watcher of the news at night and not someone focused on Washington, Congress, or government.

But he said he fears his country is in trouble and that is what motivates him to continue his investigative work.

"I have been a very successful businessman," he said. "I got into filmmaking not to do this. I fell into this and now I can't climb back out of it. I would rather go make a film tomorrow about Titanic 2 or some love story or comedy."

Lynch now sees his work as a higher calling. He said it is clear from the feedback he receives that his work is much needed. "I get out there and talk to people. You can see it in people's eyes."

Lynch wants to continue to tackle hard stories like the immigration problem and Obamacare that he asserts have taxed the country.

"I've interviewed employers who cried. They say 'they are forcing me to get rid of people, employees, to strip insurance from them.' It's very upsetting. And you come to see why the country is so divided."

Lynch said the media is failing to do its job to inform the public.

"The worst problem we have right now is, we don't have a functioning media. Information is key and this problem is No. 1," he said.

"We've gotten to an increasingly worse level of fighting among Americans and yet the mainstream media have gotten more neglectful."

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