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Cincinnati World Cinema & CET present
the Tri-State Premiere of the new documentary
7 PM Friday, August 17
4 & 7 PM Saturday, August 18
4 PM Sunday, August 19

The Garfield Theatre   719 Race St, Cincinnati, 45202

What is Dark Money?   How does it affect all Americans?   What can we do about it?
A political thriller, Dark Money examines one of the greatest threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate and big-donor money on our elections and elected officials. Americans of all political persuasions overwhelmingly opposed the Citizens United ruling and people in Montana — Democrats, Republicans and Independents — decided to do something about it.

 "There's not a dull moment in this briskly paced film about the assault on the American electoral and judicial process by corporations whose agenda is nothing less than the dismantling of government itself. Dark Money tells a hair-raisingly specific American tale of illicit power. In other words, the stuff of thrillers since Hollywood time began – except that in this documentary, the graft was real."     ~ Ella Taylor, NPR

The film takes viewers to the Big Sky State – 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. This gripping story uncovers the truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed by Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-Team, Election Day).

Ann Ravel, FEC Chris Barsanti in Film Journal says it this way:
"Dark Money is a dark movie. There's no getting around the despair in the words of Ann Ravel, the onetime FEC commissioner as she laments the inevitable result of Citizens United and the Republican members who have kneecapped the nation's campaign-finance watchdog with their lockstep obstructionism: 'The FEC will not enforce the law.' But there's also no getting around the inspiration to be found in Reed's portrayal of plucky pro-transparency Montana politicos and people like Adams, the bluffly heroic journalist who is barely let go by his downsizing newspaper before starting up a new state news bureau to keep poking around in dark corners. Corruption abhors a spotlight.

Festival Selections "Kimberly Reed's clear and cogent documentary uses the sparsely populated and spikily independent Western state as a test case for what the rise of secret political fundraising means for American democracy. It's a lesson worth listening to. For a movie with such a clear point of view, Dark Money is populated with a refreshing number of Republicans [and Dems and Independents alike] who agree that big money and democracy are terrible bedfellows.

"The story of the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which opened the spigots of campaign cash, has been told before. But Reed weaves it into a larger narrative in which it is simply one of the steps in the unraveling of modern campaign-finance laws. It's an ugly, naked power struggle that seems harder to hide in the intimacy and close quarters of an underpopulated place like Montana."

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DARK MONEY, director Kimberly Reed; 2018; USA; 99 minutes; Not Rated.

  • Friday, August 17, 7 PM
  • Saturday, August 18, 4 & 7 PM
  with discussion after Saturday screenings
  • Sunday, August 19, 4 PM

4:00 Screenings: Venue opens at 3:00; theatre seating at 3:30.
7:00 Screenings: Venue opens at 6:00; theatre seating at 6:30.
Late arrivals will be seated at management discretion.
the newly renovated 163-seat GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St, Cincinnati 45202.  Learn more
Parking Options     Google Map     Drone View
Ample parking at affordable rates —  1,700+ garage spaces within two blocks ‐ Gramercy Garage (next door, enter via Race, 7th or Elm streets), Garfield Garage (9th St., next to the Phoenix) and Macy's Garage (7th Street). Another 363 surface lot spaces within a couple blocks, plus numerous on-street meters.   
Other transport options include the Street Car, Metro, Tank, Uber, etc.
   Ticket prices for the film and post-film discussion are:
   Adult general admission, $10 advance, $15 door.
   Student/ArtsPass general admission, $8 advance, $12 door — must show valid ID upon arrival.
Click here for online tickets All tickets available online and at (859) 957-FILM.

ADA ACCESS: We have completely revamped and improved ADA access, with a direct path to wheelchair spaces and companion seats (no ramps, no stairs). Individuals using walkers or wheelchairs should call ahead to let us know your screening date and time, (859) 957-3456.
It couldn't be easier — across the street from the Garfield, you'll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks. General Manager Randy Procter is offering CWC patrons an inaugural 15% discount on your order, excluding alcohol.
You'll need your online ticket purchase confirmation or ticket stub from the event. Discount valid only for the date on your ticket.
Enjoy a pre- or post-film meal or coffee and dessert, or hang at the bar.
Hours: TUE-THS - Dining, 5-10 pm; bar 3:30 - midnight. FRI-SAT - Dining 5-11 pm; bar 3:30 - 2:30. SUN - Dining 5-9 pm; bar 3:30 - 1-pm. Dinner reservations are recommended. Check out the menus and photos: thebutcherbarrel.com.
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Saturday only, after the 4:00 and 7:00 screenings.

Richard Asimus Richard Asimus
A long-time Cincinnati life coach, activist and advocate for good government, Richard has worked on non-partisan campaigns to end gerrymandering, and is an organizer of the brand-new American Promise Association in Greater Cincinnati, a national grass-roots organization working to remove big money from politics.

Debra Schroeck Debra Schroeck
Debra believes that big money in politics and gerrymandering are the two most significant threats to American democracy today and are at the heart of the increased social unrest. For the past year she has been on the leadership team of Greater Cincinnati Move to Amend, a non-partisan, grassroots non-profit, that is part of a coalition of hundreds of organizations nationwide, dedicated to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.



Cincinnati World Cinema is proud to collaborate with CET in the presentation of the public affairs documentary, Dark Money.

CET is a leading provider of education and enrichment in classrooms and living rooms throughout Greater Cincinnati and the 42-county region. Through PBS and local programming, innovative multimedia curriculum projects, parent workshops and teacher training, CET reaches more than 2 million residents; 470,000 students and 37,000 teachers.

CET Connect Some people say, "CET? Oh yeah, WCET, the public television station."  But there is so much more to the story. CET (they dropped the "W" in 2003 to reflect an expanding diversity of services), has led the nation with ground-breaking firsts and innovative programming.

WCET began broadcasting on July 26, 1954, from the third floor of Music Hall and was the first licensed public television station in the United States. It was the first public broadcasting station in Ohio to go digital and the only station in Cincinnati to consistently broadcast in high definition.

CET CREATE In 2006, CETconnect.org was the first public television station to offer a community-based public media on-demand service. In 2007 CET added a new digital broadcast service, CET World (channel 48.2), superseded a few years later by CET CrEaTe, a "how-to" channel exploring the realms of healthy living, homebuilding and restoration, woodworking, cooking, crafts and travel, and more.

In 2008, the Board of Trustees of CET joined with the Board of Trustees of ThinkTV (Greater Dayton Public Television) to announce joint formation of a new regional public television and media corporation, Public Media Connect.

CET ARTS On February 1, 2010, CET debuted CET Arts (channel 48.3), a 24/7 broadcast service featuring a variety of arts programming, the first public television channel of its kind.

Across its three digital channels, 48.1, 48.2 and 48.3, and via diverse online programming, CET displays a deep and lasting commitment to the community, literally offering something for everyone. With stringently limited commercial interruption, viewers enjoy a broad menu of quality programming.

Check out the CET website, cetconnect.org, and please support this fine organization that brings so much to so many in our community.

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