• Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 18:20:11View | Delete

    Oh yes Alex Gibney! He’s great too.

    I have to jump off now, but I wanted to thank you for having us on FDL Jane! Such a pleasure. I look forward to coming back and reading the rest of the conversation.
    Thank you,
    Holly

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 18:10:11View | Delete

    A few of my all time favorites that have inspired me are: Why We Fight by Eugene Jarecki, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, and In The Name of the Father. I just love films about fighting for justice I guess. I have also been inspired by Michael Moore and Robert Greenwald.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 18:07:09View | Delete

    I’m so glad to hear this and that reiterates what I said before that this is a non-partisan issue. When this question is polled over 70% of people (usually closer to 80) want to fix this problem. We are all sick of the negative campaign ads we see on tv. We are all sick of an extremely long campaign season. We are all sick of politicians having to spend most of their time fundraising and not listening to us.

    You can see when this has been put to a statewide vote, both Montana and Colorado agreed that they wanted to Overturn Citizens United and get big money out of the equation.

    We already have had over 40 states take actions on this issue. You can see the map of all the states that have already taken action towards a 28th Amendment that money is not speech and corporations are not people.

    I think people will be happy to realize how much progress has been made in just 3.5 years since the decision happened. Even though the media isn’t covering the story, the movement is happening.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 17:58:06View | Delete

    We do already have a distributor who is going to release the film on VOD and DVD. But that said, we really hope that people can come out and see it on the big screen or in a community group with a discussion afterwards about the issues in the film and what they want to do to help take our democracy back.

    One thing I love is that we do leave the viewer empowered. People often give away their power by saying “I’m only one person, what can I do?” People underestimate all they can do in a lifetime.

    My dad said to me that we overestimate what we can do in a day or a week, but we continually underestimate what we can do in 5 or 10 years.

    We have to have our long term game plans on this. And if we all do it together, we will move things forward.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 17:45:24View | Delete

    Thanks Jane, that’s why I LOVED your preview of the film so much up above. It really is true, if everyone who cares about this issue can bring just ONE other person to see the film, I think we will really get the importance of the changes we are seeking into the mainstream psyche.

    A lot of our partners actually said of all the films on this topic they thought we stayed the most on topic and non-partisan. That was also a goal. We don’t belong to the political parties and part of the problem is that they have so much power and continue to play sides. If we can all take a step back and outside of that whole mentality we will really progress.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 17:37:47View | Delete

    Occupy – That was an amazing time and I think we all need to remember the palpable power underlying the movement. My chapter in Venice is still active in that we do monthly meetings and salons. It has built the community in an amazing way. All the people that came together are still out there wanting the same changes they were willing to camp out for.

    I am hoping that this film will reinvigorate the masses and help them harness their energy. We have amazing partners on the film that are working hard day in and day out to achieve the six solutions we mention in the film. I’m hoping that people will see the film and then join with our partners to affect change.

    We can tap right back into that passion and the drive for real change that so many of us want and know we need on a deep level to take our democracy back.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 17:31:31View | Delete

    One thing I’m really happy about with the film is that we were able to add the McCutcheon decision and the Hobby Lobby decision. I think we really worked hard this past year to fine tune the film so that the balance is just right and it is up to date.

    I think I’ve seen the film 40 times in the past month as we made the DVD and I don’t think I’d change a thing except for two tiny typos… I really have to commend John for dotting his i’s and crossing his t’s on this film.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 17:29:18View | Delete

    We’re getting a lot of people who care about the topic to see the film, but I’ve had the BEST responses from people who were brought along by a parent or a spouse. We had a 16 year old brought by his step-mom and she said on the way home he wouldn’t stop talking about the film and that he wanted to get the website to pass along to two of his teachers. And she said he usually only talks about xbox and girls. So that was great. We obviously want to reach young people and that showed me that we really achieved that goal.

    The second response that I loved was from a man who was conservative and had said he’d dabbled in the tea party. His wife brought him and he said that we weren’t incendiary like Michael Moore and that he just liked the way we laid out the facts. That showed me that we have a film that will reach almost everybody.

    We have to remember that this issue of getting money out of politics is a non-partisan issue. As we point out in the film it is not left vs right, it’s insiders vs outsiders. Today we saw some progress with SJRes 19, The Democracy For All Amendment actually defeating a Republican filibuster so it will go through to debate later this week.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 17:21:32View | Delete

    I love this part of the film. I think it highlights the underlying messages in the film so beautifully and I hope we can get the Landlords game into print one of these days. We should all be playing that.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 17:18:51View | Delete

    The film is screening this week AND next at the AMC Village 7. We just learned that we got held over. We will also be in Los Angeles at the Laemmle NoHo 7 and in DC at the Angelika Popup starting on Friday for a week. We will also play Dallas at an AMC, Columbus at the Gateway Film Center, Cincinnati at the Danbarry, and Madison at the Sundance Theater. And we have community house party screenings popping up in places like Berkeley and Camas and Ithaca.

    And we’ll be at film festivals in Orlando and NYC and playing at universities like Stetson. If you don’t see one near you on our screenings page http://pay2play.nationbuilder.com/screenings then feel free to host a screening and a dialogue. We have community screening guides to help host a lively dialogue after the film.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 17:10:55View | Delete

    Yes, that was the crazy part. We certainly didn’t know back then that we’d be in for an 8 year journey to make this film that takes us from Coingate, through the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision, ALEC, the Powell Memo and even to the secret history of monopoly and street art!

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 17:07:05View | Delete

    I remember back in 2005 John came to me and told me about this story that his father’s company had been auditing, called the Coingate scandal. He thought there was a movie there, because $50 million in workers comp money in the state of Ohio had been invested in rare coins by a guy named Tom Noe. It seemed like a really interesting story to pursue so I encouraged him to head off to Ohio and said I’d work with him on the film.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

    2014-09-08 17:04:54View | Delete

    First off, I just want to say thank you so much for having us back at Firedoglake. We just love the people here.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Never Gonna Leave You

    2014-09-08 16:53:30View | Delete

    So now let’s meet on the HOME page in 5 mins. Everyone on standby…. http://firedoglake.com

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Never Gonna Leave You

    2014-09-08 16:50:55View | Delete

    John are you with us?

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Never Gonna Leave You

    2014-09-08 16:47:41View | Delete

    YAY! Just hit refresh so you see new stuff.

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Never Gonna Leave You

    2014-09-08 16:46:08View | Delete

    Hi John

  • Holly Mosher commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Never Gonna Leave You

    2014-09-08 16:36:11View | Delete

    Hi Bev!

  • And Bob, I have to ask, what’s next?

  • Thanks for writing such a wonderful book for us to talk about Bob. And thanks Bev and team for all the amazing things you do here at FDL! Enjoy your weekend as well everyone :D

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