WASHINGTON FILM INSTITUTE
invites you to a Special Event hosted by Participant Media and Congressman Ted Lieu
MONDAY 11 JULY
CAPITOL VISITORS CENTER
Orientation North Theater
East Capitol St, NW & First St, NE Washington, DC / MAP
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT
1 hour 36 minutes
Director: Robert Kenner
Writers: Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes (original book), Robert Kenner, Kim Roberts
Stars: Frederick Singer, Naomi Oreskes, Jamy Ian Swiss
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.
7:00PM: FILM THEN PANEL DISCUSSION
Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Dr. Naomi Oreskes – Co-author of Merchants of Doubt
Bob Inglis – Executive Director of Republicen.org
Greg Dotson – VP of Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress
Remarks by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
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DIRECTOR ROBERT KENNER
Robert Kenner (Director, Producer) has won an array of awards and garnered rave reviews for his documentary work exposing some of today’s least talked of, but most impactful, social and environmental issues. Considered a craftsman of documentaries, his film FOOD, INC. was nominated for an Academy Award and won two Emmys. Variety said FOOD, INC. “does for the supermarket what JAWS did for the beach.”
CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU (CA-33)
In 2014, Ted W. Lieu was elected to California’s 33rd Congressional District, succeeding retiring 40-year incumbent Henry Waxman. Ted was elected president of the Democratic Freshman class by his colleagues and serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Ted is a former active duty officer in the US Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves. In Congress, Ted has established himself as a leader on protecting the environment; Social Security and Medicare; civil liberties; and veterans.
Naomi Oreskes is one of the world’s leading historians of science. Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, her research focuses on consensus and dissent in science. She has won numerous prizes for her work, and has lectured widely in diverse venues ranging from the Madison, Wisconsin, Civics Club to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. Her 2004 essay “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change,” cited by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth, led to Op-Ed pieces in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and to Congressional testimony in the U.S Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.