Davis Guggenheim


“For my brothers it was easy to think about the future. They can be anything they want. But for me it was hard and for that reason I wanted to become educated and empower myself with knowledge.”

Malala Yousafzai continues to inspire and surprise in the moving and inspirational new documentary He Named Me Malala. Read an interview with director Davis Guggenheim here.


He Named Me Malala (2015)

He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (she turns 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

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MARCH 11, 2017

MARCH 11: Douglas Adams, Johnny Appleseed, Laszlo Benedek, Peter Berg, Thora Birch, Richard Brooks, Joey Buttafuoco, Anthony Davis, Sam Donaldson, Pete Droge, Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Hollis Frampton, Christophe Gans, Mary Gauthier, Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night), Davis Guggenheim, Nina Hagen, Terrence Howard, Jimmy Iovine, Flaco Jimenez, Claude Jutra, Johnny Knoxville, Elias Koteas, David LaChapelle, Russell Lissack (Bloc Party), Lisa Loeb, Cheryl Lynn, Benji & Joel Madden (Good Charlotte), Bobby McFerrin, Slobodan Milosevic, Rupert Murdoch, F.W. Murnau, Andre Nickatina, Merlin Olsen, Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge), Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish), Anton Yelchin, Jerry Zucker…

ALBUMS OF THE DAY: Alice Cooper “Welcome to My Nightmare” (1975), Pete Droge “Find a Door” (1996), Mary Gauthier “Mercy Now” (2005), Jellyfish “Bellybutton” (1990)

BOOKS OF THE DAY: Douglas Adams “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe” (1979)

CRITERIONS OF THE DAY: A Hollis Frampton Odyssey (2012), In Cold Blood (1967), Mon Oncle Antoine (1971)

DOC’S OF THE DAY: An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Outfoxed (2004), Pray for Japan (2012)

FILMS OF THE DAY: Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), Crash (1996), Faust (1926), Jackass Number Two (2006), Like Crazy (2011), The Professionals (1966), Ruthless People (1986)

FOODIE: Noodles

HISTORICAL CONSCIOUSNESS: 2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

HOLIDAY: Jackass Day

“I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.” Adams

“A good storyteller is a person who has a good memory and hopes that other people haven’t.” Cobb

“The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.” Carl Sagan on Rupert Murdoch

pictured: Johnny Knoxville (Born 1971)


“Inconvenient Truth,” “Waiting for Superman,” and now a video for IBM about ducks…