5321 E Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75206

Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films

The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress
by Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck

Saturday, May 20, 2006
7 pm
The Angelika Film Center
5321 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75206

Q&A with filmmakers to follow

Tickets: $25
proceeds benefit the Video Association of Dallas

The Big Buy is a feature length documentary that connects the dots
between big money and big government. It's not a pretty picture.

The screening, at 7 pm on Saturday, May 20 at the Angelika Film
Center, Mockingbird Station--will benefit the Video Association of
Dallas, a 501(c)(3) media arts organization and producers of the
Dallas Video Festival, which premiered a rough cut of the film last

Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.acteva.com/go/videofest
or at the door.

Following its premiere in Houston and Dallas, the film will screen
theatrically in cities across the country, followed by a massive
grassroots outreach program to screen the film for hundreds of
thousands of voters across the nation, including grassroots
premieres in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC, and thousands
of house parties in competitive House Districts around the country.

The Big Buy details Tom DeLay's alleged master plan to create a
permanent Republican majority in the U.S. Congress in part by using
illegal corporate contributions to reshape Texas' political
landscape. At the pinnacle of his power, the then Majority Leader
used these illegal contributions to take over the Texas State
Legislature, redraw the state's congressional lines mid-decade, and
send a half-dozen new hard-right Republican Congressmen to

The film goes further to describe DeLay's web of co-conspirators in
Congress ? Members of the House of Representatives who are
systematically letting corporations take control of America's
Democracy ? and to talk about the loopholes in our system that allow
this lawlessness to happen.

Framing the story as political Film Noir, The Big Buy chronicles the
rise of Tom DeLay from backbencher in the Texas Legislature to the
architect of the largest money machine ever constructed on Capitol
Hill, and also chronicles Texas DA Ronnie Earl as he investigates
that machine. It's this local DA who wins 41 indictments against the
operatives, groups, corporations and congressman who Grand Juries
say broke the law in order to funnel illegal corporate money to
Texas Republicans. The film lays open the confluence of events that
led multinational corporations to pour donations into an obscure
DeLay PAC dedicated to changing the political landscape of the
nation by changing the congressional lines of a state.

"Two very talented guys from Texas, Mark Birnbaum and Jim
Schermbeck, have finished a documentary called THE BIG BUY: TOM
DELAY'S STOLEN CONGRESS. THE BIG BUY connects the dots between
corporate power, dirty money elections and corruption.

The result of their tireless work, commitment and personal sacrifice
is a must-see film -- one that reveals exactly how and why large
corporations have used Tom DeLay to advance their national agendas.
They've supported him with barrels of money, which ultimately led to
the re-districting that gave Republicans dominance in the House of

While DeLay is from Texas, his practices are a national issue. The
filmmakers, with their deep roots in Texas, have keyed in on that
state's political culture. However DeLay's practices are not
specific to the Lone Star State, and this film should be seen as a
wake-up to all of us." - Robert Greenwald

Who: Mark Birnbaum, Jim Schermbeck, and the Video Association of


Where: Angelika Film Center ? 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas,
Texas 75206.

When: Saturday, May 20, 2006
7:00 pm ? Screening
followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers

For more info: www.tomdelaymovie.com

Official Website: http://www.acteva.com/go/videofest