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Citizen Koch | Review

5 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Corporations Are People: Lessin and Deal Question Why

Tia Lessin and Carl Deal’s Citizen Koch looks to shine a light on the political upheaval going on in Wisconsin due to covert corporate concessions and bought out statesmen. With the election of the Republican governor Scott Walker, economic hell seems to have broken loose as unions have been stripped of their ability to defend their working class members as massive tax breaks have been given to the rich. Splitting time between former presidential candidate Buddy Roemer as he hits the campaign trail with a bluntly honest ethos, several financially hurting hardcore Republicans as they wage war with Walker’s Tea-Party politics in response to the loss of their collective bargaining power, and an amalgamation of media clips that annotate the journey from the monumental Citizen’s United ruling to back door dealings with Walker and the Kochs, the docu is »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Citizen Koch Movie Review

2 June 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Citizen Koch Variance Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B+ Director:  Carl Deal, Tia Lessin Screenplay:  Carl Deal, Tia Lessin Cast: Scott Walker, Dee Ives, Mari Jo Kabat, Brian Cunningham, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Bud Roemer Screened at:    Review 1, NYC, 5/21/14 Opens:  June 6, 2014 A point made in this political doc by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin—heretofore known for “Trouble the Water” about two residents who became refugees in their own country when the New Orleans levees broke—is that there is one way that the person living in a box under a highway has same power as  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Sundance Announces 2014 Award Winners

26 January 2014 12:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Sundance Film Festival has come to a close in snowy Park City, Utah, and the institute has announced its winners for 2014. The big winner on the night was a film called Whiplash starring Miles Teller. The film picked up the big Grand Jury prize as well as the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Whiplash sees Teller as a young musician who struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer (see main pic).

Dramatic effort The Skeleton Twins which stars comedy stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in serious roles, won the Waldo Salt Screening Award for writers Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman, while the big directing award, went to Cutter Hodierne and his drama Fishing Without Nets, which revolves around a young father who turns to pirating in Somalia to support his family.

Here’s the full release with the complete list of the 2014 winners:

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‘Citizen Koch’ Getting U.S. Distribution This Spring

10 January 2014 12:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variance Films will distribute “Citizen Koch,” the documentary critical of the billionaire Koch brothers and big money in politics, in the U.S. and Canada starting in the spring.

The doc, directed by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (“Trouble the Water”), debuted last year at Sundance. It had been set for broadcast on public television before the Independent Television Service, the public agency that funds and curates independent documentaries, pulled the $150,000 it originally committed to the documentary with reports emerging that Itvs was fearful of offending the brothers — who had donated $23 million to public broadcasting.

The Koch brothers own energy-chemical conglomerate Koch Industries and have provided massive support to  conservative political causes.

Deal and Lessin raised $169,522 through 3,384 backers to finish the film in a Kickstarter campaign in July and August — more than double its $75,000 goal.

Citizen Koch” investigates the impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 by »

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Controversial 'Citizen Koch' Lands Theatrical Distribution Deal with Variance Films

10 January 2014 10:04 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Citizen Koch," the controversial documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin ("Trouble the Water") has been acquired by Variance Films, which plans a theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada in Spring 2014. The film covers the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch’s behind-the-scenes support of the Tea Party. After the film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, public television producers Itvs pulled $150,00 in finishing funds it had committed to the film and cancelled plans for its broadcast premiere -- presumably because they feared the reaction from David Koch, a major donor to PBS. After The New Yorker profiled the story of the film and its lost Itvs grant, the filmmakers received an outpouring of support and were able to raise necessary funds via Kickstarter. "We wanted a distributor who would be passionate, and also be a true partner, »

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