Friday, August 10 @ 7:30 PM
The Ellen Theatre
Special Guest Speaker: Montana Supreme Court Justice, Mike Wheat
DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold.
“A POTENT…HARROWING PORTRAIT OF DEMOCRACY UNDER THREAT.” DENNIS HARVEY, VARIETY
PBS and Bozeman Film Society Premiere Presentation with special guest, Montana Supreme Court Justice and film subject, Mike Wheat.
Montana has spent more than a century trying to keep its politics clean. After a brazen attempt by copper magnate William A. Clark to bribe his way into the United States Senate, the state prohibited corporate campaign financing in 1912. Everything changed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United ruling in 2010, which classified campaign expenditures by corporations as free speech and allowed donors to remain undisclosed. As a result, unlimited, anonymous “dark money” began to flood elections nationwide. In Montana, even conservative incumbents have found themselves facing coordinated smear campaigns to sway the electorate toward candidates more in line with corporate interests. But the citizens of Big Sky Country won’t allow democracy to be dismantled without putting up a fight. 99 minutes.
Directed and produced by Helena native Kimberly Reed, the Sundance award-winner includes interviews with investigative reporter John Adams, Senator Jon Tester, Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat, Governor Steve Bullock, former Montana Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich, campaign law enforcement official Jonathan Moti, FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel, plus many more. Q&A follows screening. Not rated, the film runs 98 minutes.