Written by David Morgan
Acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) brought his latest film to be shown at Berlin and talked to Variety a bit about Standard Operating Procedure's subject and ideas. Said Morris,
I became really interested in war photography. I’d been writing a series of essays about photography for the New York Times; I thought I’d do a film about a set of photographs.
Procedure examines the people and circumstances surrounding the Abu Ghraib prison scandal photographs.
No one really had talked to the people who were in the photographs, or had taken the photographs. It was just assumed we knew everything there was to know about them.
I did not want to make that same kind of political film [as Fog of War] about the very top levels of the chain of command. I wanted to tell a story about the experiences of these people who were there. They have been demonized. We think we know who these people are.
The film features a score by Danny Elfman, and though no US release date has been set, Morris' considerable following (at least for a documentary filmmaker) is sure to bring Procedure stateside by the end of the year.