Wednesday, September 19th at 7pm at the Sie FilmCenter
$5 suggested donation
Hosted by Dr. Vincent Piturro (MSU Denver, our Sci-Fi Film Series)
Season 2, Episode 7 - "Backwash" with guest speakers Ron Ruggerio and Ben Bull
The HBO series The Wire has been called “the greatest television show ever made”. Over the course of five seasons it explored the inner workings of city life, including crime & punishment, politics, labor, education, and the media.
Come watch an episode each week and converse with local leaders and media critics about how “The Wire” relates to what’s happening in our community today.
About tonight's episode:
Season 2 takes viewers to the docks of the Port of Baltimore and puts everything viewers have seen in Season 1 into relief while adding a new layer to the story of drug devastation and widespread institutional dysfunction: the decline and desperation of the American working class. In "Backwash," viewers see this struggle in the character of Frank Sobotka, the leader of the longshoreman's union who has become involved in organized crime so that he can raise money to afford bribes to keep the Baltimore port running, and his union brothers and sisters employed. Frank's dilemma is represented in this episode in a couple of key scenes---the first as he sees automation coming to international ports like his, the second, as he cajoles an old friend, now a state legislator, to work to find a way to dredge the harbor.
About tonight's guest speakers:
A child of working class parents and the only member of his family to graduate college, Ron Ruggerio has worked for the last twenty-five years in the Service Employees International Union. Ron was elected as President of SEIU Local 105 in Colorado in 2014, a union of 7,500 members working in healthcare, property services, and security.
A third generation union member, Ben Bull's own involvement in the labor movement began when an employer tried to fire he and his co-workers without cause; helping to win this fight propelled him into a ten-year career labor organizing and trade unionism.
Established in 2012 by Evan Weissman (one of Buntport Theater's founding members), Warm Cookies of the Revolution creates and hosts events at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Downtown Denver, the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado History Museum, and other public platforms around the Front Range. Using comedy, theater, and other kinds of innovative and fun arts and cultural programs, Warm Cookies aims to engage everyday people around politics, the economy, the environment, and social change, (hopefully!) making the questions "What do want?" and "How do we get there?" necessary, participatory, just, and fun.
Cinematographer: Uta Briesewitz | Screenwriter: Rafael Álvarez
Cast: Dominic West, Chris Bauer, Paul Ben-Victor