On January 22, 1987, the affable treasurer of the state of Pennsylvania held a press conference. Accused of bribery and facing jail time, a visibly agitated Budd Dwyer read a prepared speech professing his innocence to the attendant television cameras and reporters. He stopped reading mid-speech, and, after handing out three envelopes to his staffers, pulled out a revolver, pleaded with people to stand back, and shot himself.
More than 24 years after this shocking suicide, Los Angeles filmmaker James Dirschberger's documentary about the life of this much-scrutinized politician will make its LA premiere at Cinema Speakeasy (at Royal/T in Culver City) on Friday, July 29 at 8:30PM.
Members of Dwyer's family, James Dirschberger, and Trevor Moore will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Truthdig.com's Kasia Anderson.
Millions of people have seen the video of Dwyer's death on the Internet, but very little is known about the circumstances leading to the dramatic event. In our era of extreme rhetoric and a dehumanizing press corps, we at Cinema Speakeasy think that this movie presents an especially salient look at the potential repercussions to our callous treatment of public figures--be they politician or celebrity. Dirschberger presents a humanizing account of the man behind the infamy, and we're proud to show and discuss this thoughtful documentary.
Friday July 29, 2011
Doors open at 7. Film starts at 8:30. Post-screening Q&A at 10:00.
Q&A moderated by Kasia Anderson, with members of the Dwyer family, Trevor Moore from The Whitest Kids U Know, and director James Dirschberger.
Come early and eat some good food at Royal/T's café
Royal/T (8910 Washington Blvd, Culver City 90232)
Tickets: $10 at the door
Fifteen percent of Cinema Speakeasy's proceeds will be given back to the filmmaker
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