PBS buys ‘Dark Money’ film on Montana politics


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People who want to see the award-winning documentary “Dark Money” about campaign finance in Montana will be able to do so from the comfort of their home in a few months as the Public Broadcasting Service purchased the film.

PBS acquired the North American rights to the film, plans to have it a theatrical release and then show it on TV this fall prior to the Nov. 6 midterm elections, the documentary’s director and PBS officials said Wednesday.

“I think it’s a fantastic fit,” said Kimberly Reed, the former Montana resident who directed “Dark Money.”

“One of the things I wanted to do with the film was to have a lot of Americans see it. Every filmmaker wants that,” she said, adding that she wanted to avoid a venue that would require a subscription or have people pay a substantial sum.

“This was designed to be a bipartisan film that reaches across the aisle,” she said.

Reed said showing the 99-minute film on the PBS documentary series show POV (point of view) “is a super good fit.”

She said having it shown on POV makes for “a very good way for us to get our film out in front of as many Americans as possible and to a good cross-section of the American public,” Reed said, adding it was important for her to have the film seen for free on broadcast.

PBSd Head of Theatrical Distribution Erin Owens…

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