Citizen Koch

  • Mon Oct 17
Citizen Koch

with filmmaker Tia Lessin ’86

Carl Deal & Tia Lessin

In the aftermath of the US Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, a recall campaign against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker collides with the Tea Party-aligned "Americans for Prosperity," a group lavishly financed by two of the world's richest men—David and Charles Koch. Republican working class voters find themselves in the crosshairs of their own party and its billionaire backers, forcing them to choose sides. "What ultimately helps Citizen Koch rise above the dozens of other movies like it is a focus not just on recent developments in American politics, but also on the bedrock of what has made this country such an enduringly great, astoundingly troubled experiment: one person, one vote." (A.V. Club) Shortlisted for the 2015 Oscars.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tia Lessin is the director and producer, with Carl Deal, of Trouble the Water(winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, the Gotham Independent Film Award and the Full Frame Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize) and of Citizen Koch which was shortlisted for the 2015 Oscars. Her documentary short Behind the Labels won the Sidney Hillman Award for Broadcast Journalism.

Tia Lessin’s visit is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Additionally cosponsored with the Dept of Government, the Peace Studies Program and the CU Democrats.


Ithaca Premiere
DCP color
1 hour 30 minutes
release year/country
2013 USA