KYRS Presents: Tuesday Night at the Magic Lantern
Featuring The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, a film by Greg Palast
6:30 PM, Tuesday, May 7th
Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main
$5 at the door.
Skype Q&A with Greg Palast after the screening
Info at kyrs.org
CINEMA LIBRE STUDIO presents a GREG PALAST investigative film in association with THE PARK FOUNDATION THE PUFFIN FOUNDATION & THE CLOUD MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION:
THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY: A Tale Of Billionaires And Ballot Bandits
WITH Greg Palast, ED ASNER, ROSARIO DAWSON, ICE-T, RICHARD BELZER, SHAILENE WOODLEY & WILLIE NELSON
When Donald Trump says, “This election is rigged”—he should know. His buddies are rigging it.
Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck, designed to steal a million votes by November.
Crosscheck is controlled by a Trump henchman, Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State who claims his computer program has identified 7.2 million people in 29 states who may have voted twice in the same election–a felony crime. The catch? Most of these ‘suspects’ are minorities—in other words, mainly Democratic voters. Yet the lists and the evidence remain “confidential.”
Palast and his investigative partner Leni Badpenny do what it takes to get their hands on the data, analyzing it to find the names of nearly one million Americans about to lose their vote by November.
They hunt down and confront Kobach with the evidence of his “lynching by laptop.” Then they are off to find the billionaires behind this voting scam. The search takes Palast from Kansas to the Arctic, the Congo, and to a swanky Hamptons dinner party held by Trump’s sugar-daddy, John Paulson, a.k.a. “JP The Foreclosure King.” Palast and Badpenny stake out top GOP donors, the billionaire known as “The Vulture” and the Koch brothers, whom Palast nails with a damning tape recording.
In this real life detective story brought to life in a film noir style with cartoon animation, secret documents, hidden cameras, and a little help from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detectives Ice-T and Richard Belzer, Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson, Willie Nelson and Ed Asner, Palast and his associates expose the darkest plans of the uber-rich to steal America’s democracy.
The film, based on the book, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits,” released by Seven Stories Press was produced and co-directed by David Ambrose (co-founder of Art Not War) with music by Bulgarian composer Mario Grigorov (Precious, Flowers in the Attic). For Palast’s film, legendary musician Graham Nash re-recorded his Crosby, Stills & Nash blockbuster hit “Chicago,” re-writing the words to reference Ohio, the most crucial swing state in the coming election. Cartoons are by Emmy award-winning artist Keith Tucker (Who Killed Roger Rabbit). Executive producer is Leni Badpenny von Eckardt-Manzoni in association with The Park Foundation, The Puffin Foundation and the Cloud Mountain Foundation. Running time is 110 Minutes and it is unrated.
Official Trailer: https://vimeo.com/182803637
Greg Palast has been called the “most important investigative reporter of our time – up there with Woodward and Bernstein” (The Guardian). He has broken front-page stories for BBC Television Newsnight, The Guardian, Nation Magazine, Rolling Stone and Harper’s Magazine. His books, “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits,” “Armed Madhouse”, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” and the highly acclaimed “Vultures’ Picnic” have been New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into two dozen languages. Palast is best known for exposing how Florida purged thousands of innocent Black people from the voter rolls in 2000 to steal the election for George W. Bush.