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    Controversial 'Citizen Koch' Lands Theatrical Distribution Deal with Variance Films

    "Citizen Koch," the controversial documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin ("Trouble the Water") has been acquired by Variance Films, which plans a theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada in Spring 2014.

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    Sundance Doc 'Citizen Koch' Reappears, Tweaked and Funded

    In ancient times, being a “citizen” is what differentiated one from being a slave. In Sundance doc "Citizen Koch," what Tia Lessin and Carl Deal see looming on the horizon is a world of one-percenter citizens, and the rest of us.

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    Should Documentary Filmmakers Expect to Really Speak to Power?

    When IFP announced that ITVS's Claire Aguilar, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, the filmmakers behind "Citizen Koch," and Mette Hoffman Meyer, an executive who works in Danish television and who executive produced Alex Gibney's "Park Avenue" as a part of the multinational programming initiative "Why Povert...

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    Kickstarter Gives Back What Public Television Takes Away, 'Citizen Koch' Makes Kickstarter Goal

    After The New Yorker profiled the story of Carl Deal and Tia Lessin's loss of a grant for their Sundance competition title "Citizen Koch" from public television producers ITVS, the filmmakers received an outpouring of support. The filmmakers, who made the stellar Katrina doc "Trouble the Water," we...

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    Directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal Use Kickstarter to Replace PBS Funding

    Documentarians Tia Lessin and Carl Deal made a big wave with their film, Trouble the Waters about Hurricane Katrina. They got funding through PBS to make their new film that examined the role of big money, specifically really rich people and corporations, were influencing our political system.

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    After PBS Controversy, "Citizen Koch" Filmmakers Turn to Kickstarter

    "Citizen Koch,” the documentary film about Wisconsin politics and the Citizens United decision, is turning to Kickstarter to cover the costs of music licenses, footage licenses, editing costs and other fees associated with readying the film for distribution. Problems with the film's distribution on ...

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    Why ITVS should be held accountable and "Citizen Koch" should be called "Citizen Corp"

    By not further commenting on its role to pull out of Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's documentary "Citizen Koch," ITVS, the prominent independent documentary funding organization, is shooting itself in the foot—and potentially alienating filmmakers. When I reached out to ITVS for further comment on Jane M...

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