Dark Money


TYPE
: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: In Distribution

LOGLINE

As dark money contributions — made possible by the Citizens United ruling — flood American elections, Montanans show the rest of the country how to fight back.

SYNOPSIS

Eighty percent of Americans consistently disagree with the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which allowed unlimited, anonymous dark money to influence elections. The ideal case study is Montana, awash in dark money yet steeled by grassroots opposition to it. DARK MONEY puts a human face on this debate about campaign finance.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

This film grows from two emotional narratives in my life – my great love for Montana and its citizens (I am a fourth-generation Montanan), and my deep distress over the impact of the Citizens United ruling and the downward spiral it portends for our democracy. The film’s tone and style will allow viewers to see and feel as Montanans do, using lush cinematography to ground them in the Montana. As with my previous films, complex stories and emotions will unfold through our characters’ lives, and inspire audiences with the feeling that they, too, can rise up and take action before it’s too late. Using visual metaphors of light-vs-dark and obscurity-vs-revelation, DARK MONEY will unfurl the dramatic, sometimes shocking, plot that exposes dark money tactics and inspires citizens to resist the corrupting effects of unlimited anonymous money in politics. The visual building blocks are genuine Montanan citizens and the beautiful backdrop Big Sky scenery, an omnipresent reminder of what is now at stake, and what was lost in the past to the Copper Kings and the Anaconda Mining Company. The Montana weather — whose vicissitudes range from beautiful sunlit postcard views to inscrutable, overwhelming storms — will convey the mood that descends on our democracy when no sunlight, the best disinfectant, can be seen. Sections of organic animation will visualize basic campaign finance concepts.

KEY CREW

Kimberly Reed - Producer/Director
Kimberly Reed is a filmmaker and writer based in New York City. Her work has been featured on media outlets such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Details magazine, and The Moth Radio Hour. Her work has made her one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellow, and has led to multiple fellowships at the Yaddo Artists’ Community and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Kimberly Reed directed and produced PRODIGAL SONS, a "whiplash doc that heralds an exciting talent” (SF Weekly). PRODIGAL SONS, a co-production with BBC Storyville and Sundance Channel, premiered at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival. The film has gone on to be shown around the globe in theaters, at over a hundred film festivals, and on worldwide television. The film landed on multiple Best of the Year lists and garnered 14 Audience and Jury awards, including the esteemed International Film Critics' FIPRESCI Prize. Reed was recognized as Towleroad's "Best LGBT Character of the Film Year," The Advocate's "Five to Watch," and OUT Magazine's "Out 100." She was also the producer/editor/writer for PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE, released theatrically by Zeitgeist Films. She is currently working on DARK MONEY, a documentary about the impact of Citizens United and campaign finance reform. Reed is a proud GLSEN board member, a summa cum laude graduate of UC Berkeley, and a Montana native. www.kimberlyreed.com

 

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IFP Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2018
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Good Pitch - New York 2016
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Big Sky Pitch

 

UPDATE - June 22, 2016

ANNOUNCING GOOD PITCH NEW YORK 2016 FILMMAKERS

Together with our partners, we have now selected the seven projects to pitch at Good Pitch New York at the TimesCenter in November.

Congratulations to the filmmakers behind CLEVELAND // COUNCILWOMAN // DARK MONEY // DAWNLAND // MADAME TRAN'S LAST BATTLE // QUEST: THE FURY & THE SOUND // RESCUE BREATH

The projects come from a group of impressive filmmakers from across the United States including Orlando Bagwell, Michael Milano, Margo Guernsey, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kimberly Reed, Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip, Alan Adelson, Kate Taverna and Jonathan Olshevski.

https://goodpitch.org/events/gpny2016

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