Casino Jack Premieres at Sundance Film Festival

January 24, 2010

Alex Gibney's latest documentary, Casino Jack and the United States of Money, premiered yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Wrap reports:
To filmmaker Alex Gibney, Abramoff set the mold for the control that lobbyists now exert over Washington. Lobbyists have long existed in force, but Abramoff asserted his influence to a degree that hadn’t been seen before. He found new ways of funneling money – through non profits and fake grass roots organizations – that allowed far greater control of politicians by moneyed special interests.

“What Jack Abramoff did was nothing in monetary terms,” said Gibney in an interview after the premiere screening, attended by Bob Ney. “But because he was so extreme, he’s not part of the essential lobbyist playbook. He’s essential to seeing how it works.”

“For movement conservatives, they have a deregulatory agenda, but they participate in the most cynical, corrupt means to achieve it – which proves their point, that government is bad.”
The article also states that Gibney visited Abramoff in prison, but didn't interview him for the documentary. He said that "Abramoff still espouses his anti-government, libertarian point of view, "but he sees lobbying as a bad thing, as corrupting. He sees the way to solve that as to take the money out of government.'”

The movie is scheduled to hit theaters in May 2010.

Alex Gibney gives an interesting 4 minute interview about the film at the Sundance Film Festival.


The Saipan Blogger said...

Let me know if it plays in Orlando.

Wendy said...

Sure will, Angelo. I hope it plays at the Enzian.

the teacher said...

It should show in Saipan at AMP as major tourist attraction.