News Release

Two Huge Issues to Hit Screens in Washington the Same Night: D.C. Premieres of “Sicko” and “War Made Easy” on June 20

Two pathbreaking documentary films on major political issues will be unveiled in the nation’s capital on Wednesday evening (June 20). The targets are the healthcare industry and the warfare industry.

Shortly before “Sicko” is shown that night at an invitation-only screening, “War Made Easy” — based on the acclaimed book by Norman Solomon and narrated by Sean Penn — will make its Washington premiere a couple of miles away.

The editor of “An Inconvenient Truth,” Jay Cassidy, previewed “War Made Easy” and called it “a total tour de force.”

For more information, go to: War Made Easy: The Movie.

The screening of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” — open to journalists and the general public — is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at the Lankford Auditorium, True Reformer Building, 1200 U St., NW. To ensure seating, RSVP to hollie@mediaed.org.

Solomon and the producer/director of the 73-minute film, Loretta Alper, will respond to questions at the theater immediately after the showing. The discussion will be moderated by award-winning journalist Robert Parry, former investigative reporter for The Associated Press and Newsweek and founder/editor of ConsortiumNews.com.

Drawing on meticulous research, “War Made Easy” exposes a pattern of deception that has dragged the United States into one war after another, spanning from Vietnam to Iraq. The filmmakers have exhumed rarely seen footage from LBJ to George W. Bush, and from Walter Cronkite to present-day TV news professionals.

The day after its scheduled Washington premiere, “War Made Easy” will go directly into nationwide distribution as a DVD. Dozens of “house meetings” and community gatherings have already been scheduled to screen the film as part of grassroots antiwar efforts. The film’s producer, the nonprofit Media Education Foundation, anticipates hundreds of such gatherings nationwide in the next few weeks.