Now is the time to ask your questions for Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, director of “CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY” which will have its world premiere at Sundance in only a few days!! Participant Media will be collecting questions on Twitter from now until Jan. 24 at 6 pm and a handful of them will be asked during Alex’s sit-down interview with Entertainment Weekly’s Sean Smith on Jan. 24 at Sundance. Participant will be live tweet-ing the entire discussion so you can follow the conversation and see if your question gets answered!
Here’s how to TakePart:
1. Log on to Twitter
2. Tweet your question and include #participant. (We can’t see your question if it doesn’t have #participant!) To address your question to Alex Gibney make sure to start your question with their initials (ex: “AG: How long did it take you to film Casino Jack? #participant”)
3. Follow the discussion by searching for #participant (You can go to http://search.twitter.com and enter “#participant” in the search bar)
For further information, visit: http://www.takepart.com/news/2010/01/15/directors-gibney-guggenheim-are-taking-your-questions-at-sundance
“CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY” will premiere at Sundance and opens in theaters May 7.
High rollers in Indian casinos, hookers in Saipan, a murdered Greek tycoon, Cold War spy novels, plush trips to paradise . . . and the United States Congress. These are among the intriguing clues that add up to the epic mystery behind one of the greatest attempted heists in American history.
It’s a twisting tale in which a small group of charming con men use the power of the purse, the zealotry of religion and bare-knuckled political brawling to loot the American government for fun, ideals and profit. It’s about ambitious young men who wanted to change the world, the politicians who needed their money, the corporations and gambling-rich tribes who desired their influence — and how millions were extorted and the foundations of our democracy imperiled in the toxic mix of power and cash.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to The Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) comes the outrageous inside story of “CASINO JACK And The United States of Money.” Revealing our broken system of lobbying and campaign finance, the film is a true American comedy . . . but the joke is alarmingly on us. Gibney exposes the inner workings of an out-of-control system by following the incredible trail of megalobbyist Jack Abramoff, a.k.a. Casino Jack, as he rises to Washington’s most sought-after power merchant and falls as a disgraced convict. Featuring insider accounts from those closest to the now-jailed Abramoff – including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (resigned), former Congressman Bob Ney (served 17 months), Ney’s former Chief of Staff Neil Volz (sentenced to probation and community service) and Abramoff associate Adam Kidan (served 26 months) – the film is the most disturbing and audaciously entertaining look at rapacious greed, corruption and thirst for power since, well, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
Is CASINO JACK And The United States Of Money about an idealistic man corrupted beyond belief by the crookedness of Washington? Or is it about a system that allows backroom wheeling and dealing to control what rightfully belongs to the American people? It turns out they’re the same story.
Magnolia Pictures in Association with Participant and GOOD and Jigsaw Productions Present “CASINO JACK And The United States of Money,” written and directed by Alex Gibney. The producers are Gibney, Alison Ellwood and Zena Barakat and the executive producers are Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann & Ben Goldhirsch and Mark Cuban, Todd Wagner & Bill Banowsky. Alison Ellwood (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) is also the editor.
Image of “Casino” Jack Abramoff by © CARLOS BARRIA/Reuters/Corbis