|Residence United States|
Name Joel Gilbert
Years active 2003–present
|Full Name Joel Sion Gilbert|
Born April 15, 1964 (age 51) (1964-04-15) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Alma mater University of London – School of Oriental and African Studies London School of Economics George Washington University
Occupation Musician Documentary filmmaker
Education University of London, George Washington University, London School of Economics and Political Science
Movies Dreams from My Real Fath, There's No Place Like Utopia, Paul McCartney Really is, Atomic Jihad: Ahmadin, Bob Dylan: Revealed
Similar People Frank Marshall Davis, Mickey Jones, Bob Dylan, A J Weberman, Joel Selvin
Malik obama interviewed by director joel gilbert dreams from my real father
Joel Gilbert (born April 15, 1964) is an American filmmaker described in 2012 as "right-wing" by The Hollywood Reporter, a musician and fan of musical history, and a conspiracy theorist.
- Malik obama interviewed by director joel gilbert dreams from my real father
- Obama Cuts Ties With Half Brother Filmmaker Joel Gilbert
- Bob Dylan
- Paul McCartney Really Is Dead
- Elvis Found Alive
- Dreams from My Real Father
He is known for his videos on Bob Dylan. He released the films Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison (2010), and Elvis Found Alive (2012) as documentaries, each exploring a conspiracy theory about the musicians' earthly states. In 2012 he re-classified them as "mockumentaries."
Obama Cuts Ties With Half Brother -Filmmaker Joel Gilbert
Gilbert's full name is Joel Sion Gilbert. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved with his family to Oak Ridge, Tennessee when a child.
Gilbert is founder and lead singer of the Bob Dylan tribute band "Highway 61 Revisited". He was inspired to become a professional musician by a Bob Dylan album he was given in high school in the mid-1980s. He taught himself to play Dylan songs.
(*) Music History Films (**) Political Documentaries (***) Spoofs/Mockumentaries (****) Animated Short (as classified by Gilbert)
Reviewing Joel Gilbert's 2004 film Bob Dylan World Tours 1964–1974, Glide Magazine noted that Dylan's career during those 9 years was "significant for any Bob Dylan fan." The magazine said Gilbert focused on Dylan through the work of Barry Feinstein, Dylan's chief photographer during the film's time-frame. It criticized the film for low production values and boring interviews, saying that the amount of information within the film "might overwhelm". It noted the director's love for music history: "His passion for music in general is displayed in every scene."
In a review of Gilbert's Bob Dylan – 1975–1981 Rolling Thunder and The Gospel Years (2006), DVD Talk noted the film was "clocking in at a staggering four hours" and intended "for, and only for, the diehard Bob Dylan aficionado." They said the film was "exhaustive and exhausting," "an unexceptional, sometimes amateurish, video production."
Of Gilbert's 2008 documentary Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years: Busy Being Born Again, DVD Talk noted that the film was an "examination of the period from 1978 to 1981 where Dylan shook off his Jewish heritage and became a born-again, Evangelical Christian." The reviewer said the film was amateurish and that viewers would "be hard-pressed to find a more irritatingly edited project."
Glide Magazine commented that Gilbert's film Bob Dylan Revealed (2011) "features an abundance of anecdotes certain to satisfy some of the most hard-core Dylan fans", but concluded that the film was marred by "questionable choices in the editing and production", creating "something you'll want to watch, but probably not watch again."
Paul McCartney Really Is Dead
DVD Talk severely criticized Gilbert's 2010 work Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison. Paul Mavis wrote, "Jesus, I hate documentaries like this one. I mean ... they really hit me where I live. Of course it's all utterly mad. Anyone can see it's been faked. The scenario doesn't even make any sense. ... Nothing here is believable." Mavis said that the alleged conspiracy "hold[s] zero weight", and "not one element of the conspiracy theory holds up to factual scrutiny, and quite clearly and most obvious of all, McCartney is still around as living proof of the absurdity of the hoax."
Film Threat noted that an "audience's ability to suspend practical thought and accept the most outlandish concepts imaginable" was "stretched far beyond the fraying point" by Gilbert's film. They said the film had holes in logic and consistency large enough to drive the Magical Mystery Tour bus through.
The film was originally marketed and distributed as a documentary.
Elvis Found Alive
Gilbert's next film, Elvis Found Alive (2012) was similarly marketed as a documentary. In 2012, Gilbert reclassified both films as "mockumentaries," and edited their Web sites to that effect, shortly before he released his conspiracy theory film that year alleging to have found new information about President Barack Obama's father.
Dreams from My Real Father
Gilbert's Dreams from My Real Father (2012), alleged that United States President Barack Obama's "real" father was an American communist. It was strongly criticized for its many unsubstantiated allegations about President Obama's birth and background. Slate said that the film "peddles a conspiracy theory so convoluted that more traditional birthers must be envious of its creativity". Jerome Corsi wrote in WorldNetDaily that the film was claimed by its director to have been based on two years' worth of research. Both Corsi and The Hollywood Reporter stated that the film makes unsubstantiated allegations that President Barack Obama lied about being the son of Barack Obama, Sr.. The film claims that Obama's real father was Frank Marshall Davis, a communist from Chicago, and that Obama's mother posed for nude photography. The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "It's about the lowest thing you can do to accuse, with no evidence, the opposition candidate's mother of being a porn star".