Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Dark Money


Year: 2018
Country: USA
Run Time: 98 minutes

Dark Money
Dark Money
Dark Money
Dark Money
Dark Money

Montana has a long history of fighting to keep greed out of its politics. Back in 1912, the state passed a law banning corporate money in elections in an effort to thwart the wealthy copper kings, whose mining interests controlled both government and media. That kind of corruption now plagues the entire country, especially since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling. This essentially exclaimed that corporations are people and therefore can give as much money as they want to political activities, as long as it’s not done directly through the party or candidate. Basically, outside groups funnel the cash into the cause, without revealing the source. This shady currency is referred to as dark money, which is also the title of this impassioned documentary. DARK MONEY profiles a number of Montana politicians and journalists who are once again battling to maintain a fair democracy in their state. If they are successful at reforming campaign finance, they could set an example for the rest of the country. See Montana’s brave mission to fight the powers that be in DARK MONEY. —E.F.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 11:40 AM

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Related Daily Postings
"Dark Money" explores the shady side of political influence


Kimberly Reed

Kimberly Reed is a director and producer based in New York City. Her work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, and The Moth.

Prodigal Sons (2008)–CIFF33, DARK MONEY (2018)

Kimberly Reed, Katy Chevigny

Kimberly Reed, Eric Phillips-Horst, Jay Sterrenberg

Jay Sterrenberg

Print Source

This film is presented with the generous support of BILL PLESEC and SUSAN STECHSCHULTE.

Community Partner

Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland Pro Chapter

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