Screening: ACORN and the Firestorm –a film by Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard

By the people and for the people, community organizing group ACORN became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama’s victory.

Conservatives took issue with the group, firing accusations of voter fraud and government waste at the left-leaning organization. The burgeoning right-wing opposition found unexpected allies in James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles. The pair of young conservatives and amateur journalists posed as a pimp and prostitute to try to expose ACORN’s business practices via a hidden camera.

The ensuing political drama spawned the now-omnipresent Breitbart Media, drove an even deeper wedge between Democrats and Republicans, and served as a prescient foreshadowing for much of today’s political climate. A comprehensive non-fiction political thriller, Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard’s blow-by-blow account of the ACORN scandal encapsulates the conflicts and contradictions of our political present. (2018, 84 min.)

Q&A with co-director Reuben Atlas, and Acorn and the Firestorm subject and former CEO of Acorn, Bertha Lewis to follow June 15th screening.

Q&A with co-director Sam Pollard to follow June 16th screening.

Location: Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Lenox Ave/Malcolm X Blvd., New York, NY 10027.

https://www.maysles.org

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