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Wednesday, July 19 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Little Pink House' Courtney Balaker, dir. (98 min) PANEL Courtney Balaker, Ted Balaker, Scott Bullock, Susette Kelo, John Kramer, mod.

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Wednesday 8:00 pm, Rivoli Ballroom, following the Gala Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Our opening night film stars two-time Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener (Capote, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Being John Malkovich) and Emmy nominee Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love, The Firm, Grey Gardens). LITTLE PINK HOUSE dramatizes the real-life story of Susette Kelo, a small-town nurse who emerges as the reluctant leader of her working-class neighbors in their battle against political and corporate interests bent on seizing their land and handing it over to Pfizer to build a laboratory complex. Susette takes her fight all the way to the Supreme Court, inspires a nation, and helps millions of Americans save their homes. The real Susette Kelo, her attorney Scott Bullock of the Institute for Justice, and screenwriter Jeff Benedict will join director Courtney Balaker for the post-screening discussion.
Director Courtney Moorehead Balaker and producer Ted Balaker are the same dynamic duo who brought us Can We Take a Joke? the critically acclaimed documentary about comedy and free speech that won the FreedomFest Grand Prize in 2016. Join us for this special opening night event!

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John Kramer

Vice President for Communications, Institute for Justice
John Kramer's strategic media relations work—coupled with IJ’s litigation—has protected homes and small businesses nationwide from eminent domain abuse and secured the rights of entrepreneurs to earn an honest living when the government sought to shut them out. Kramer’s work in the court of public opinion helped ensure that First Amendment protections were extended to the Internet and he directed the successful PR effort to strike down a federal law that made it a felony to compensate bone marrow... Read More →

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Courtney Balaker

Co-Founder, Korchula Productions
Courtney Moorehead Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, theatre director, and co-founder of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to "making important ideas entertaining." Courtney wrote and directed Little Pink House, a new feature film about Susette... Read More →
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Ted Balaker

Co-Founder, Korchula Productions
Ted Balaker, an award-winning filmmaker and journalist, is co-founder of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining. Ted directed the feature documentary Can We Take a Joke? in which comedians such as Adam Carolla, Penn Jillette, and Gilbert Gottfried stand up for free speech and comedy. The film won the FreedomFest Grand Prize in 2016. It will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films in select theaters on July 20 and digitally on August 2. Ted also produced Anthem's opening night film, Little Pink House, a narrative feature about Susette... Read More →
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Scott Bullock

President, Institute for Justice
Scott Bullock joined the Institute for Justice at its founding in 1991. In January 2016, he became its second President and General Counsel. Before becoming president, he served as a senior attorney and litigated a wide variety of constitutional challenges in federal and state courts. In the property rights area, Bullock was involved in many cases challenging the use of eminent domain for private development. He argued the historic case, Kelo v. City of New London, one of the most controversial and widely discussed U.S. Supreme Court decisions in decades. Bullock also founded and directed the... Read More →
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Susette Kelo

Susette Kelo is a nurse and mother of five sons who rose to international prominence as a champion for property rights when her fight to save her beloved home and neighborhood went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Susette’s epic saga began in 1997. She was starting over in a new town. She bought a rundown cottage, fixed it up, painted it pink, and exhaled. After many years of struggle, she had finally found peace and freedom. She then discovered that powerful politicians planned to bulldoze her blue-collar neighborhood and hand the property over to pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. (Execs were eager to expand their facilities because they had high hopes for a new drug called Viagra.) Susette emerged as the reluctant leader of her neighborhood. Her fight inspired a nation, and helped millions of Americans save their homes and small businesses... Read More →

Wednesday July 19, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Rivoli Ballroom