Citizen Koch Film Finally Premiers in U.S. Cities After David Koch Censorship

June 6, 2014

A documentary is finally about to see the light of day, after being defunded and subject to de facto censorship thanks to the influence of billionaire David Koch of Koch Industries. Tia Lessin and Carl Deal'sCitizen Kochexamines how the billionaire Koch brothers used to wealth to exert influence in Wisconsin amid staggering union protests and a near-recall of its corporate-friendly governor. The film provides an in-depth look into "KochWorld," or the "Kochtopus," or whatever you'd like to call Charles and David Koch's vast political apparatus that allows them to coordinate hundreds of millions of dollars to pour into a secretive network of political front groups, which then implement campaigns to promote the business priorities of Koch Industries or the ideological preferences of its billionaire brother owners. The defunding of Citizen Koch is one chapter ofa saga that uncovered how PBS affiliates have bent over backwards to accommodatebillionaire donor and board member David Koch, who didn't appreciate Alex Gibney's Park Avenue, a film critical of Mr. Koch and some other of America's wealthiest people that aired on PBS stations. David Koch has since disassociatedfrom New York's WNET station, though Koch is a trustee of WGBH--Boston's PBS affiliate. Groups like Forecast the Facts have protested Koch's presence on the WGBH board. citizen koch statueFollowing PBS' unusual arrangment to let Koch Industriesinfluence the debut of Gibney'sParkAvenue, Lessin and Deal'sCitizen Koch suddenly found itself hung out to dryby the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Apparently, public television officials felt so pressured by Koch Industries and so eager for continued large donations from executive David Koch that ITVS suddenly and unceremoniously dropped its plannedfinancialsupport forCitizen Koch. This was after early indications that ITVS was excited to support the film. Despite David Koch's success in intimidating PBS and ITVS to renege their support forCitizen Koch, the filmmakers used the controversy to successfully crowd-source the necessary funds to finish and promotethe film. Citizen Koch kicks off tonight at New York City's IFC Center. Here is a list of select screenings in many major U.S. cities; for those wanting to spread the word, you can host a screening ofCitizen Koch!
Opening Theater SHOWTIMES and TICKETS*
June 6 New York, NY IFC Center www.ifccenter.com/films/citizen-koch/
June 11 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theatre www.michtheater.org/shows/citizen-koch/
Sturtevant, WI Marcus Renaissance
June 13 Detroit, MI Cinema Detroit http://cinemadetroit.com/2014/05/21/citizen-koch-starts-friday-june-13/
Chicago, IL Gene Siskel Film Center http://genesiskelfilmcenter.pfestore.com/capacity/events/91ccc681-3e60-44d3-8898-a26ff4b5bbbb.aspx
Huntington, NY Cinema Arts Centre
Madison, WI Sundance Cinemas www.sundancecinemas.com/?cinema=madison#
Milwaukee, WI Landmark Downer Theater www.landmarktheatres.com/market/milwaukee/downertheatre.htm
Muskegon, MI Harbor Cinema www.harborshowtimes.com/
Rochester, NY Little Theatre
June 20 Arlington, VA AMC Loews Shirlington 7
Boston, MA Brattle Theatre http://www.brattlefilm.org/2014/06/20/citizen-koch/#tickets
Columbus, OH Gateway Film Center
Santa Fe, NM CCA Cinematheque http://ccasantafe.org/cinematheque/coming-soon
Albuquerque, NM Guild Cinema
Scottsdale, AZ Harkins Camelview http://www.harkinstheatres.com/theatreDetails.aspx?theatreId=4528
St. Louis, MO Webster U Film Series http://www.webster.edu/film-series/index.html
Washington, DC West End Cinema
Missoula, MT Roxy Theater http://www.theroxytheater.org/films/citizen-koch/
June 27 Los Angeles, CA Sundance Sunset
Los Angeles, CA Laemmle Royal
Pasadena, CA Laemmle Playhouse 7
Encino, CA Laemmle Town Center 5
Seattle, WA Sundance Cinemas
San Diego, CA Gaslamp Cinemas
San Jose, CA Cinema 3 Downtown
San Francisco, CA Landmark Shattuck
Berkeley, CA Landmark Opera Plaza
Denver, CO Sie FIlmCenter
New Orleans, LA Zeitgeist Arts Center
Houston, TX Sundance Cinemas
Santa Ana, CA South Coast Village
Hartford, CT Real Art Ways
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