Scribe Producers’ Forum
dir. Carl Dean, Tia Lessin, USA, 2013, 86 min.
Tonight's screening WILL go on as scheduled regardless of snow. We hope to see you here!
With Co-Director Tia Lessin in person
When the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates for unlimited political spending, it’s now easier than ever to buy an election. But what happens when the voters realize that the billionaires and corporations doing the buying do not have the people’s best interests at heart?
Alternately terrifying and wickedly funny, Citizen Koch asks a defining question: will big money destroy not only the Republican Party, but our democracy itself? The film follows a citizen uprising to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as it collides with the Tea Party aligned “Americans for Prosperity,” a special interest group founded and lavishly financed by two of the world’s richest men: David and Charles Koch. As told through the eyes of three Republican state employees and working-class voters – a teacher, a prison guard, and a nurse – who suddenly find their party taking direct aim at them, we watch as they become torn between loyalty to the GOP, and the realization that their own party has made them the enemy.
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin are Academy Award®-nominated filmmakers who produced and directed Trouble The Water, winner of the Gotham Independent Film Award and the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. They co-produced Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, and Capitalism: A Love Story.
The 13th Amendment by Mike Dennis (2008, 4:35 min)
This documentary short follows a 90 year old great-great grandmother on her trek to vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 Pennsylvania Primary. Having voted all her life, this is the first time she’s had the opportunity to vote for a Black man for the office of President of the United States.