Sundance Film Festival
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Have you ever contemplated what your first purchase would be if you won the lottery? I’d have the Back to the Future DeLorean in my driveway in a matter of minutes. Director Jeffery Blitz’s documentary humorously examines five past lottery winners and one hopeful, whose lives have been altered, in both good and bad ways, by the biggest paid entertainment industry in the United States. Each year, Americans spend $62 billion on tickets, and even in this turbulent economy when everyone is cutting back, the sales on lottery tickets have surged incredibly. The stories range from a Vietnamese immigrant who changed his family’s lives both local and afar to a winner whose family attempted to have him killed multiple times in order to gain control of his earnings. The horror stories of individuals who suddenly fall into millions have been told time and time again on programs like E!’s True Hollywood Story, but Blitz primarily showcases the positive aspects that can arise with charity donations and medical assistance for the unfortunate. From frivolous spending to the realization of the impracticality of luxury items, Blitz paves the road for an entertaining journey about financial responsibility and lack thereof.
January 24, 2010 – 9:00pm – Temple Theatre
January 25, 2010 – 11:59pm – Holiday Village Cinema IV
January 26, 2010 – 9:00pm – Broadway Centre Cinemas VI
January 27, 2010 – 8:30am – Library Center Theatre
January 29, 2010 – 9:30pm – Temple Theatre