Subject: Fwd: film for Occupy?
From: Press
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:11:29 -0500

PR Team
Occupy Wall Street:
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From: Steve Cowan <>
Date: Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 4:32 PM
Subject: film for Occupy?

As a possible resource for the Occupy movement, we have an entertaining new film PRICELE$$ documenting precisely how special interest campaign cash steers national policy, and how to get free of it--a solution that depends on a grassroots awakening.  The film is currently enjoying a huge response in the festival circuit, winning top awards including the Grand Jury Award for Documentary at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival.   See trailers at <> plus press kit, reviews and DVDs.  

Let us know if we can of help!

Steve Cowan
Director, Habitat Media
4227 SE Mitchell St. Portland, OR 97206 USA
Tel. (503) 772-5380 Mobile (415) 302-3092 

Pricele$$ © 2011 Habitat Media   

Does America's electoral system transform our elected representatives into craven junkies, main-lining special interest cash?  Can they be freed from their lewd addiction?  Priceless is a road-trip down the money trail through two disastrous policies. A face-off between comfortable politicians, corporate interests and fed-up citizens.  Inspired by the innocent words of school kids,  Priceless considers a new way of financing elections for real representation and way-more intelligent policy. 

Reviews Thus Far for PRICELE$$

 "The film makers have somehow managed to produce a hard hitting, insightful account of the impact of special interest money on electoral politics, yet one that is highly entertaining. It is one of the fastest-paced, most enjoyable, and non-partisan political documentaries I have ever seen...By following the money trail, Priceless pulls back the curtain on how 'the game' is really played and arrives at the inescapable conclusion that special interests and the members of Congress they lobby and fund rarely promote the best interests of 'we the people.' Priceless could hardly be more timely and is a must-see film for any American concerned about the health of our democracy! It is suitable for and will be enjoyed by a wide audience, including high school and college students and a wider, general audience." Dr. Robert Watson, Professor of American Studies, Lynn University

 "Priceless tells the story of the pervasive influence of special interest money on our government in a clear, connect-the-dots way accessible to all audiences. It will be a superb tool in the classroom or meeting room for anyone who wants to educate our citizens about our broken campaign finance system. I know as a former elected official that my time would have been better spent studying issues and talking to my constituents rather than raising campaign funds. What I like best about Priceless is that by describing the Maine and Arizona model of campaign finance reform, a successful, workable solution is offered that would change the way our elected representatives approach domestic and international challenges of today."  Miles Rapoport, former Secretary of the State of Connecticut

 "An excellent and vivid introduction to one of the central challenges facing American democracy: the role of money in politics. Among its many virtues, Priceless makes clear that the American people are paying a large price--in cash and in policies that do not serve the public good--for a system in which our legislators spend an inordinate amount of time raising money for their campaigns and end up beholden to their large contributors. It would be hard to see this film and not conclude that things have to change--and soon."  Alex Keyssar, Chair, Democracy, Politics and Institutions, Harvard University

 "Priceless is a thought provoking film that explains in an accessible way the impact of campaign contributions on public policy. The most compelling portions of the film are the extraordinarily frank interviews with lobbyists explaining the use of campaign contributions to affect decision-making at the highest levels of government."  Frederick G. Slabach, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan Law School

 "This film is a clear, well-documented and entertaining look at the way small farmers and our food supply are controlled and harmed by large corporations. It also illuminates the political power of corporate money. Big campaign contributions influence legislation affecting us every day, but Priceless offers hope that ordinary citizens can speak up and fight back. I have shown it in classes, and students responded enthusiastically. Everyone should see this film!"  Dr. Joan D. Mandle, Executive Director, Democracy Matters