Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? Thurs., Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

How did it happen that the U.S. economy turned away from serving the interests of society to concentrating wealth and power among the very richest few? What are the roots of the financial crises we face today, and what can we the people do to restore fairness and sanity to our economic life? Producers-directors Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher provide a clear, comprehensive analysis and historical overview in their acclaimed new documentary, Heist: Who Stole the American Dream, this month’s Conscientious Projector feature screening at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11 at The Armory Center for the Arts.

In riveting fashion, the filmmakers tell the story of our economic rise and fall from Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal to its systematic dismantling at the hands of both major political parties, from the advancement of the working and middle classes to their decline paralleling the ascendance of mega-corporations, from a “land of opportunity” to a nation of diminishing chances, from the rule of law to wholesale deregulation, from democratic institutions to de facto oligarchy. Helping to explain it all are Rep. Bernie Sanders, Nomi Prins, Van Jones, Rep. Donna Edwards, David Cay Johnston, Robert Kuttner, David Brock and many more. Narrated by Thom Hartmann.

Peter Laarman, Executive Director of Progressive Christians Uniting, will facilitate a community discussion following the film. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.


Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price on Tuesday, Sept. 25

With Wal-Mart planning to enter communities all over Southern California, including Altadena, Conscientious Projector and All Saints Church will screen Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price on Tues., Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m. at All Saints Church.  This is a feature length documentary that uncovers the retail giant’s assault on families and American values.  The film dives into the deeply personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to fight a goliath. A working mother is forced to turn to public assistance to provide healthcare for her two small children. A Missouri family loses its business after Wal-Mart is given over $2 million to open its doors down the road. A mayor struggles to equip his first responders after Wal-Mart pulls out and relocates just outside the city limits. A community in California unites, takes on the giant, and wins!

Producer/Director Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films take you on an extraordinary journey that will change the way you think, feel — and shop. There will be a discussion after the film.  Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.  All Saints Church is located at 132 N. Euclid Ave. in Pasadena.