Nine to Host Free Screening and Discussion of the Story of Campaign Finance through the Eyes of Real People
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St. Louis, MO — September 5, 2018 — Nine Network will host a free screening and discussion of Dark Money with the director, Kimberly Reed, on Monday, September 17, from 6:30–8:30 p.m.
The screening is in partnership with St. Louis Public Radio and will be held outdoors in the Public Media Commons, the multimedia space between the two organizations. In case of inclement weather, the event will move inside to the Nine Network studio. The event is free, but registration is required.
The film is particularly timely given the role that dark money donations play in local, state, and national elections. Dark Money follows local Montana journalist John S. Adams, who is determined to uncover the truth about funding in his state’s elections. The film gains insights over the course of three election cycles, as it solves an increasingly complicated and blurred puzzle.
Dark Money traces Adams’ steps and sheds light on the grassroots movement to unveil the mysterious financing behind our elections. This award-winning independent film offers numerous perspectives on dark money donations—the unlimited campaign contributions from undisclosed donors, individuals and corporations, that have been allowed since the 2010 Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United.
Montana “was not only the first and hardest hit with dark money, but also the state that fought back the hardest with grassroots citizen outrage. Our story puts a human face on that outrage,” says Reed, a fourth-generation Montanan. The film draws parallels between the local influence of dark money in Montana and the effects of corporate political spending on a national scale.
“Citizens have heightened concern about the integrity of our elections. The film Dark Money helps us understand that this challenge is experienced by Republicans and Democrats alike, and the loser is often the citizens. This is a highly engaging thriller of a film, one that everyone should see,” says Amy Shaw, senior vice president of engagement and content, Nine Network.
Dark Money has its national broadcast on Nine PBS as part of the POV documentary series on Monday, October 1, at 10:00 p.m. and will stream at video.ninenet.org for 30 days.
About the Nine Network of Public Media
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About St. Louis Public Radio
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