Steal This Documentary

Conspiracy Trial</i>.<br> Film still from <i>Chicago 10</i> courtesy of American Cinematheque.
No, this is not a screen grab from The Sims: Conspiracy Trial.
Film still from Chicago 10 courtesy of American Cinematheque.

Can’t find a reason to peel yourself away from Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday nights?

Are you also flat broke?

The American Cinematheque and PBS’s Independent Television Service (ITVS) have you covered.

Well, at least for one Tuesday a month.

Starting tomorrow night (September 30), ITVS will begin screening one free documentary a month on select Tuesdays at either the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood or the Aero Theater in Santa Monica.

Tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian it’s Chicago 10, a film that explores the infamous 1968 Chicago Conspiracy Trial of eight anti-war protesters. Partially animated, and featuring the voices of Hank Azaria (Abbie Hoffman), Mark Ruffalo (Jerry Rubin), and Jeffrey Wright (Bobby Seale), the film received a lot of buzz at Sundance in 2007 but failed to make a splash when it opened in limited release in February.

So here’s a wonderful opportunity to see it on the big screen. It was also recently announced that there will be two sequels to this film, so best catch up now or risk being labeled a “square” by your peers.

And in November, ITVS is screening I.O.U.S.A., a film about America’s impending debt crisis. This film also received a limited release, quietly sneaking into a few theaters back in August.

I can think of 700 billion reasons why the film’s producers may be printing more reels as we speak.

One thought on “Steal This Documentary”

  1. Nice post. I almost think I.O.U.S.A. deserves top billing and I can give you 1 trillion reasons why, commensurate with the loss yesterday in the stock markets when the bail out failed.

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