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Cinema Speakeasy is proud to present the LA premiere of James Dirschberger’s Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer.
On January 22nd, 1987, the affable treasurer of the state of Pennsylvania held a press conference. Accused of bribery and facing jail time, a visibly agitated Budd Dwyer read a prepared speech professing his innocence to the attendant television cameras and reporters. He stopped reading mid-speech, and – after handing out three envelopes to his staffers – pulled out a revolver, pleaded with people to stand back, and shot himself.
More than 24 years after Dwyer’s shocking suicide, Los Angeles filmmaker James Dirschberger’s documentary about the life of this much-scrutinized politician will make its L.A. premiere on Friday, July 29.
Members of the Dwyer family, James Dirschberger, and Trevor Moore (founder of comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’ Know) will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A, moderated by Truthdig.com‘s Kasia Anderson.
Millions of people have seen the video of Dwyer’s death on the internet but very little is known about the circumstances leading to the dramatic event. In our era of extreme rhetoric and a dehumanizing press corps, we at Cinema Speakeasy think that this movie presents an especially salient look at the potential repercussions to our callous treatment of public figures – be they politician or celebrity. Dirschberger presents an incisive account of the man behind the infamy, and we’re honored to show this thoughtful documentary.
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Friday July 29th, 2011
Doors open at 7. Film starts at 8:30. Post screening Q&A at 10:00.
Come early and eat some good food at Royal/T’s café
Q&A moderated by Kasia Anderson, with members of the Dwyer family, Trevor Moore from The Whitest Kids U’ Know, and director James Dirschberger.
Royal/T (8910 Washington Blvd, Culver City 90232)
Tickets: $10 at the door
15% of Cinema Speakeasy’s proceeds will be given back to the filmmaker
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About James Dirschberger: Director/Producer James Dirschberger is originally from Buffalo, NY, a few short hours north of Budd Dwyer’s hometown of Meadville. Dirschberger moved to San Francisco in 2002 to pursue filmmaking. Since then, he has teamed up with numerous Bay Area artists to create successful collaborative animations, music videos, short films and documentaries, eventually making a move to Los Angeles in early 2011. His films have screened around the world and have accumulated over one million views online. He is currently developing an animated series for television. HONEST MAN is his first feature film, developed by his production company, Eighty Four Films.
About Kasia Anderson: Kasia Anderson is the Arts & Culture editor at Truthdig, and can be heard every Wednesday at 2pm on KPFK’s Truthdig radio show, 90.7FM. After graduating from Swarthmore College, she worked as a Web journalist in San Francisco until 2000, when she swapped coasts to write for the New York Daily News as an entertainment reporter. She has also written freelance pieces for Salon.com, the Orlando Sentinel, and Huffington Post, among other publications. In 2003, she returned to California to attend USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, from which she is currently working toward her Ph.D., with a dissertation about celebrity and politics.
About Trevor Moore: Trevor Paul Moore is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director. He is best known as a founding member of the New York City-based comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’ Know, who currently have their own sketch comedy series on IFC. Moore’s other note-worthy projects include The Trevor Moore Show (which ran on Public-access television in Charlottesville, Virginia, between 1996 and 1998), Uncle Morty’s Dub Shack, and Miss March. (Source: Wikipedia)