A Q&A will follow this L.A. premiere screening with the movie’s director FRED PEABODY and coproducer JEFF COHEN.
Hollywood Reporter calls it: “A horror film of the most realistic kind.”
The movie examines how we “arrived at Trump.” It travels to the “sacrifice zones” of Camden NJ and Youngstown OH to reveal how corporations have hijacked US democracy to the detriment of most citizens. Featured analysts include Chris Hedges, Cornel West, Sarah Jaffe and John Ralston Saul. The film depicts Trump as a horrific symptom of the disease called “corporatism” and features interviews with former union workers in Ohio who’d voted for Obama twice and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary . . . and then flipped to Trump.
JEFF COHEN founded the media watch group FAIR in 1986, and cofounded the online activist group RootsAction.org in 2011. He is author of “Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media.” He’s been a TV commentator at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and was senior producer of MSNBC’s Phil Donahue primetime show until it was terminated weeks before the Iraq invasion. Cohen has coproduced several documentaries, including “All Governments Lie” and “The Brainwashing of My Dad.”
FRED PEABODY directed the Emmy-nominated 2016 documentary “All Governments Lie.” Now based in Vancouver, he is an Emmy-winning journalist and filmmaker whose credits include seven years as a producer-director on the CBC investigative program “the fifth estate”. He was Supervising Producer on “Perfect Illusions”, a PBS documentary on eating disorders in young women. His film on the childhood exploitation of the Dionne quintuplets was nominated for an Emmy, and he won an Emmy for a film on wild horses rescued from starvation and abuse.
More from The Hollywood Reporter review of “The Corporate Coup d’État”:
“Among the more powerful segments are an interview with a homeless woman who’s pitched a tent near a scrapyard and shares what little she has with others in her predicament, and a worker wandering through a foreclosed house still filled with the possessions of its former occupants, including its owner who left a suicide note and hung himself in the garage. It’s those human faces of income inequality that give ‘The Corporate Coup d’État’ its greatest emotional heft.”