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Film Series to Explore Issues in U.S. Electoral Politics

Morgan Fellows Anne Bohlen and Jean Gregorek are sponsoring a series of recent documentaries highlighting ongoing challenges to fair elections in the the U.S.

 

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – January 24, 2011 –  Antioch College announced a new film series, titled “Democracy in Jeopardy,” that investigates the explosive issues that potentially endanger the legitimacy of our democracy.

The films will be screened at 7:00 p.m. on alternate Thursdays beginning on Thursday, February 3. All but one will be shown at the Herndon Gallery in South Hall, Antioch College, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs. The new documentary Gerrymandering will be shown at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs on March 17.

List of Films:

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
Thursday, February 3, 7 p.m., Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College
Stefan Forbes, 2009 (86 min). Winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award, this documentary focuses on Atwater’s controversial, often racially-charged campaign tactics and the new forms of negative campaigning he pioneered.

Stealing American Vote by Vote
Thursday, February 17,
7 p.m., Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College
Dorothy Fadiman, 2008 (90 min). Using testimony from voters, experts, consultants, and activists, the film, directed by Emmy Award-winning Fadiman, carefully unveils the gritty reality of the past decade's record of electoral fraud and irregularities, and explains the continued risks to the accurate counting of votes.

Casino Jack and the United States of Money
March 3, 7 p.m., Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College
Alex Gibney, 2010 (118 min). This chronicle of the rise and fall of the flamboyant Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff by the Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side) exposes the unprecedented levels of corruption in our legislative processes.

Gerrymandering
March 17,
7 p.m., The Little Art Theatre, downtown Yellow Springs
Jeff Reichert, 2010 (77min). With a new round of redistricting scheduled for spring 2011, this timely documentary explores how the major parties use redistricting and geographically-based voter disenfranchisement to gain partisan advantage, a practice which leads to manipulated elections and chronically underrepresented populations. The film also focuses on citizens' reform efforts. As Reichert says, “our democracy needs a tune-up.”

(Astro) Turf Wars: How Corporate America is Faking a Grassroots Revolution.
March 31, 7 p.m., Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College. 
Taki Oldham, 2010 (91 min). An Australian journalist goes undercover to investigate the quiet corporate sponsorship of supposedly 'grassroots' movements and organizations like the ultra-conservative Tea Parties, Friends of America and Energy Citizens.

Contact: Anne Bohlen: 286-8455; abohlen@antiochcollege.org or Jean Gregorek 286-5934; jgregorek@antiochcollege.org

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