Greenwich Entertainment will release The Big Scary “S” Word the directorial feature debut of Yael Bridge (producer of Saving Capitalism) in theaters on Friday, September 3 – timed with Labor Day Weekend. The documentary had its world premiere at the Hot Docs film festival followed by an impressive festival run at AFI Fest, Mill Valley Film Festival, and DOC NYC.
Featuring new and archival interviews with Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cornel West, and Naomi Klein, The Big Scary “S” Word explores the rich history of the American socialist movement. Weaving together hidden episodes of history and verité footage, the film shows that, contrary to popular belief, socialism is in fact deeply American and led to popular government programs such as public schools and Medicare. Activists and journalists explain how the 2008 financial crisis, the Wall Street bailout, the Occupy Movement, and the ascension of politicians like Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez have pushed a new generation to embrace the language of socialism.
“I feel so lucky to team up with Greenwich Entertainment with their incredible track record of bringing powerful films to the public,” said Bridge. “The timing of this release couldn’t be better, as we’re seeing a fundamental realignment in political thinking about the role of government and the need to work collectively, not just in order to thrive but literally to survive.”