Fwd: big happenings with the Wal-Mart movie]
- Hello All OPCTJ'ers,
As you may already know, OPCTJ, in conjunction with the Oak Park
Library, will be screening the new movie about Wal Mart on Sunday Nov.
27 at 2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Room of the Oak Park Main Library.
Robert Greenwald, the producer of this film who also produced
"Uncovered: The War in Iraq" and "OutFoxed", has some interesting things
to say about the political firestorm his new film is creating. If you'd
like to see what the uproar is all about, please plan to join us for the
local premiere of "Wal Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" on Nov. 27 at
2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Room of the Oak Park Main Library.
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Subject: [OPCTJdisc] Fwd: big happenings with the Wal-Mart movie
Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 23:23:32 -0600
From: bluepilgrim <bluepilgrim@...>
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>Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2005 15:56:06 -0600 (CST)To leave list: OPCTJdiscussemail@example.com
>From: Robert Greenwald <info@...>
>Subject: big happenings with the Wal-Mart movie
>Dear activists, colleagues, and friends,
>It has been a wild couple of weeks as the release of our Wal-Mart film
>gets closer, and Wal-Mart gets angrier.
>We really touched a nerve in Bentonville when we released an extended
>video of former Wal-Mart manager Weldon Nicholson, just one of the stories
>we tell in the film. A manager for 17 years, he confesses deeply personal
>stories about his crisis of conscience, how it was to see workers who
>couldn't afford to eat, marking family businesses for destruction, and
>bribing local officals. Watch extended scenes from our interview with
>The response -- as you might expect from a multi-billion dollar company --
>has been swift, ruthless, mean and vitriolic. Six weeks after we announced
>the film in June, Wal-Mart hired Ronald Reagan's image guru, and one of
>Bill Clinton's media consultants to set up the best campaign-style war
>room money can buy, who last week, released to the press both a video and
>12 pages of attacks on me and the trailer (not the film, the trailer). The
>most incredible part was the
>pages of bad reviews from my older films -- dating back to 1980!
>Big mistake. Now that Wal-Mart has made this a war, it's brought the
>campaign to the
>Show, and landed us on the
>page of the New York Times, hours before the sold-out premiere tonight in
>Union Square benefiting Wal-Mart Free NYC.
>This is it. With the movie and the
>secret memo leaked to Wal-Mart Watch, we can really go on the offensive,
>and we need your help.
>Call your local newspaper or tv/radio station to cover this story. Get a
>copy of the film and show it at every possible place. Give copies away.
>Make sure churches, schools, libraries and workplaces all have copies and
>play them loud and regularly. Call the office of your elected official and
>ask what they are doing to fight Wal-Mart.
>Tomorrow is the San Francisco premiere benefiting Alternet and Equal
>Rights Advocates, and then back to Los Angeles on Thursday for the
>premiere with LAANE benefiting their incredible work. On Friday we open
>for our theatrical run in New York and LA
>coming!), and then on to the massive premiere week mobilization starting
>Sunday Nov. 13th with screenings, discussions and events all week engaging
>people in the critical fight around the issues of corporate greed,
>economic justice, and the kind of country we want to have. Find and RSVP
>for screenings here:
>They can out spend us, they can make fancier flyers and brochures and hire
>more consultants and press agents, but it will all be a vain attempt to
>smokescreen what Wal-Mart can no longer hide.
>See you at a screening!
>producer/director, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
>P.S. Screening kits are shipping now, and DVDs start shipping next week,
>so if you haven't already, get your copy for $12.95, or get a box of 30
>for $240 ($8/each) to hand out to all your neighbors. Why not give early
>holiday presents that just might change the way people buy their holiday
>P.P.S. We decided to have some fun with the attack video (actually, it's
>more like a power point presentation) and well, adjust it to tell our
>story. Have a look, and a laugh:
> Brave New Films can be reached at info@... and is located
> at 10510 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA
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