As the 2012 election campaign kicks into high gear, Conscientious Projector turns to award-winning documentarian Steve Cowan for an incisive analysis of the impact of big money and corporate lobbying on electoral politics, the legislative process and democracy itself in a post-Citizens United world. Pricelesswill be shown on Thursday, February 9, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. The Habitat Media production features interviews with current and former elected officials from both major parties, influential Washington lobbyists, and national public policy advocates such as Thom Hartmann, Bob Edgar, Sheila Krumholtz and Professor Lawrence Lessig, among many others (including a group of very savvy third-graders).
Local MoveOn/Occupy Pasadena organizers Patrick Briggs and Maddie Gavel-Briggs will lead a community discussion of the issues and potential solutions following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
Astroturfing: The practice of creating fake grassroots groups to spread propaganda against social programs and public officials serving the public good over powerful corporate interests. Conscientious Projector takes a look at this phenomenon in (Astro) Turf Wars: How Corporate Is Faking a Grassroots Revolution (aka The Billionaires’ Tea Party) on Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham’s bold 2010 documentary exposes the link between the Tea Party movement and the multi-billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, whose political advocacy organizations FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity have taken the lead in orchestrating insurgence against the Obama administration’s reform agenda.
A community discussion follows the film. For more information, send us an e-mail, post a comment or visit the film’s website at www.astroturfwars.com.