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Powerful, Urgent Documentary STARVING THE BEAST, EXPOSING THE MOVEMENT TO DEFUND & DISMANTLE PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION ACROSS THE UNITED STATES to be Released in Theaters in September

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“No film better exposes the coordinated assault on public higher education that is going on right now across the country.”
– The Huffington Post
Opens with "a fiery LSU commencement address by James Carville, who decries the commoditization of education.”
And, “Helps lay the groundwork for debates over whether our universities should be designed to broadly increase society's capacity for reason and insight, or should have their productivity monitored moment-by-moment by people who believe that 'everything can be measured in dollars'."
– The Hollywood Reporter
“I think the future starts right here with this film.”
– James Caravelle
THEATRICAL RELEASE – Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities

In Theaters September 2
OPENS IN WASHINGTON, DC – LANDMARK'S E STREET CINEMA

In Theaters September 9
OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK – IFC CENTER

In Theaters September 16
OPENS IN LOS ANGELES – LAEMMLE NOHO 7 (NORTH HOLLYWOOD)
OPENS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS – VIOLET CROWN CINEMA
OPENS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – VIOLET CROWN CINEMA
OPENS IN MADISON, WISCONSIN – SUNDANCE CINEMAS 608

In Theaters September 30
OPENS IN DALLAS, TEXAS – ANGELIKA FILM CENTER
OPENS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS – SUNDANCE CINEMAS

DATES FOR ADDITIONAL CITIES TBA SOON

A FILM ABOUT AN URGENT ISSUE, 35 YEARS IN THE MAKING
"Starving the Beast" tells the story of a potent one-two punch roiling public higher education right now: thirty-five years of systematic defunding and a well financed market-oriented reform effort. 

It’s the story of a little known and misunderstood ideological fight, the outcome of which will change the future of public higher education.

"Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities" examines the ongoing power struggle on college campuses and in state legislatures across the nation as political and market-oriented forces push to "disrupt and reform" America’s historic public universities. 

The film documents a philosophical shift that seeks to reframe public higher education as a value proposition to be borne by the beneficiary of a college degree rather than as a public good for society. 

The film focuses on dramas playing out at the University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, and University of Texas and Texas A&M.

"Starving the Beast" features interviews with James Carville (BA, JD Louisiana State University), George Cohen (Brokaw Professor of Corporate Law, University of Virginia), Gene Nichol (Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina), Peter Flawn, Ph.D. (President Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin), Larry Faulkner (President Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin), Siva Vaidhyanathan (Robertson Professor, University of Virginia), Hunter Rawlings, Ph.D. (President, American Association of Universities), Noel Radomski, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and many more. Acclaimed composer Graham Reynolds (Bernie, Before Midnight) provides the music for the film.

WORLD PREMIERE – SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Run time: 95 Minutes
Distributor: Violet Crown Films

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