[Imc-bigmuddy] Winter Friday Film & Discussion Series at the Big Muddy IMC!
rwhitney at ll.net
Mon Jan 14 22:14:38 PST 2008
This Winter we have an exciting series of films and discussions, Fridays at 7 pm at the Big Muddy Independent Media Center, 214 North Washington, Carbondale, a block north of Town Square and Tres Hombres. Each of these films will provide plenty of fodder for lively political discussion. Besides our usual list, I'm sending this to a few select media folks and e-mail "town criers" to help spread the word. Please circulate. E.G., please send out a press release when you can, and Chris Klarer, here is some material for a flyer -- and our own newsletter.
Here's what we have lined up:
January 18: Join John Walker of the Illinois Compassion Action Network ("ICAN") for a presentation of Waiting to Inhale, which examines the heated debate over marijuana and its use as medicine in the United States. After the film, John will talk about the effort to pass a medical marijuana bill in Illinois -- one recent bill almost passed the State Senate last year, so there is cause for optimism. 12 states have already passed such legislation. For more info on the film, see http://www.waitingtoinhale.org/thefilm.htm.
January 25: If you've noticed that most of the media coverage of the 2008 presidential race is not exactly fair, balanced or insightful, you're not alone. Join former gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney for a media presentation and discussion on They're Telling You What to Think: The Corporate Media and the 2008 Elections. This gets to the very heart of why we need to build an independent media in the United States. The handful of media conglomerates that dominate the media in our country are trying to control the parameters of political choice more brazenly than ever. The realization that they are manipulating us is the first step toward overcoming the manipulation. Rich Whitney is putting together some of the evidence. If you want real "change" in 2008, maybe it needs to begin by combating corporate media domination.
February 1: We continue our periodic examination of the 9/11 Truth Movement with a showing of Loose Change: Final Cut. See this Internet phenomenon, revamped on the basis of new information and criticism, on big screen. More info at http://lc911finalcut.com/. For more information on serious 9/11 research, go to http://stj911.com/.
February 8: The stolen election of 2000 was followed by another stolen election in 2004. See more of the evidence, as we screen STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote, a New Feature-length Documentary by
EMMY-winning, OSCAR-nominated filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman. This film documents significant irregularities in the Presidential election of 2004 while underscoring the fact that election fraud and reform are not partisan issues. More info at http://stealingamerica.org/. The film will be followed with information on what you can do in the fight for accurate vote-counting and voting practices in Illinois. If you don't want to wait, visit the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project at http://www.ballot-integrity.net/.
February 15: If you can stomach it, see a powerful case study of corporate malfeasance as we screen Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. This film chronicles the Texas con men who, reporting imaginary profits while concealing real losses, rode the bull market into America's largest bankruptcy (since surpassed by Worldcom). This film provides ample evidence that corporatism is out of control in America today, as the Enron sleazoids are shown shamelessly victimizing their employees and buying influence from politicians.
February 22: What better way to follow up on the Enron story than to show the quintessential anti-corporate fighter for the people, Ralph Nader, in An Unreasonable Man? This film traces the life and career of Ralph Nader, one of the most unique, important, and controversial political figures of the past half century. As we once again face the question of independent political action vs. "lesser evil" politics in 2008, this might be an apropos time to review the Nader legacy. More info at http://www.anunreasonableman.com/
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