If you ever wondered how the great public ambitions of postwar America collapsed into the bitter parsimony of the permanent tax revolt, look no further than Howard Jarvis, whose 1978 ballot initiative, Proposition 13, changed everything in California and beyond. The First Angry Man unpacks the dramatic campaign, its quirky characters and the enduring consequences that continue to define our times.
Proposition 13 slashed property taxes in California. But more importantly, it launched a nationwide tax revolt that continues unabated today. The forty years since Proposition 13 has witnessed historic growth in economic inequality and the unraveling of America’s safety net.
The First Angry Man frames this history for an audience that was raised with an aversion to taxation and government, without fully understanding the consequences for schools, health services, public safety, and public infrastructure.
The First Angry Man is presented in association with KCET and will air on PBS stations beginning in 2020.
Funding for this film provided by
HOST A SCREENING
The First Angry Man is a 60-minute film, designed to be paired with a panel discussion focused on the issues critical to your organization or your community. Tax and budget policies affect all of us through their impact on schools, public safety, health care, infrastructure and more.
We partner for screenings with:
- Universities and community colleges
- Educational nonprofits and foundations
- Health nonprofits and foundations
- Unions (teacher, police, government, healthcare workers)
- Budget and policy research institutes
- Policy organizations
- Neighborhood organizations
Become a Screening Partner
A screening of The First Angry Man can provide many benefits for your organization:
Programming: Complement your current programming and spark provocative discussions.
Engagement: Engage your community in the issues that they care about.
Messaging: Use the issues raised and conversations generated by The First Angry Man to reinforce your organization’s message.
As a screening partner, you will receive a The First Angry Man Screening Kit to share with your staff and panel participants.
The kit includes all the tools necessary to host a successful event:
- DVD, BluRay or Digital download link
- Talking points for panel moderator to generate a lively and informative discussion
- Guide for putting together a successful panel
- PDF of poster (Printed poster available for small shipping fee
- PR and social media-ready communications assets
Please let us know if you would be interested in having the filmmakers participate in your event. They may be available to answer questions in a Q&A format or to join a panel discussion.
Buy the Film
To purchase a DVD or digital download for private use, please visit First Run Features.
Interested in using our film for group screenings outside of a private home?
Licenses are available for purchase to use the film in small group/workshop settings or for larger settings, including theaters. Contact us with questions regarding your event. We will try to accommodate your needs.
A paid license is required to screen the film publicly.
$600 – One-time Public Screening License. Inquire with Bread and Butter Films if you are interested in booking a personal appearance with the filmmakers.
Institutional DVD and Digital Site Licenses available via First Run Films. Ask us about discounts for site licenses when paired with a public screening.
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Bread and Butter Films in association with KCET and Catticus Corp. Presents “THE FIRST ANGRY MAN”
A film by JASON ANDREW COHN and CAMILLE SERVAN-SCHREIBER
Music by CHRISTOPHER RIFE
Edited by KEVIN JONES and STEPHANIE MECHURA
Associate Producer NINA GOODBY
Senior Producer STEPHEN TALBOT
Music by CHRISTOPHER RIFE
Impact Producer JACKIE KRENTZMAN
Executive Producer JONATHAN LOGAN
Executive Producer for KCET JUAN DEVIS
Co-Producer for KCET JUSTIN CRAM
Produced by CAMILLE SERVAN-SCHREIBER
Written and Directed by JASON ANDREW COHN