“Greedy Lying Bastards” opens in theaters nationwide


“Greedy Lying Bastards,” a new documentary film about global climate disruption and the global warming denial machine, opened in theaters in 29 cities nationwide on March 8. In addition to dramatic footage of extreme events, the film has a large cast of characters including climate scientists Kevin Trenberth, Michael Mann, Pieter Tans, and Mark Serreze; Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and others who have worked to expose the denial machine and the harm it has done in undermining public discourse; and a rogues gallery of right-wing politicians, oil billionaires, ‘think tanks’ and propagandists. Our interview and the whistleblower issues we raised are dealt with well and accurately in one segment of the film. More info follows this trailer:

Greedy Lying Bastards was directed, narrated and co-produced by Craig Rosebraugh. He co-wrote the film with two-time Emmy Award-winning editor Patrick Gambuti, Jr., who also served as editor. Daryl Hannah was the executive producer. Michael Brook, who wrote the score for “An Inconvenient Truth,” was the composer.

Greedy Lying Bastards website with information on cities and theaters where the film opened on March 8.

Expose the Bastards website for more information and a petition to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Rep. Waxman, ranking minority member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, calling for a congressional investigation of “the manipulation and public disinformation campaigns that for more than a decade have downplayed and confused the public on the causes and impacts of climate change.”

From some of reviews of the film:

Washington Post

There actually is plenty of sober — and sobering — evidence presented to support the film’s thesis that (a) climate change is real, (b) it’s our fault and (c) a bunch of bad guys have prevented us from getting a handle on it. It’s that last part, alluded to in the film’s title, that is the film’s bread and butter.

… The film’s titular villains do a pretty good job of hanging themselves, through evasion, self-serving doublespeak and baseless assertions. …

New York Times

As the title suggests “Greedy Lying Bastards” sees more value in urgency than in subtlety. For that reason alone this propulsively single-minded attack on climate-change deniers by Craig Scott Rosebraugh may just be the feel-good documentary of the year.

For everyone but his targets, that is. …

Collated for momentum, the film’s many interviews, wide-ranging archival footage and montage of modern ecological disasters form a blunt but carefully positioned instrument. …

Los Angeles Times

Having given his film a title like “Greedy Lying Bastards,” director Craig Rosebraugh is clearly out to take no prisoners in his timely documentary tracking the politics, inconvenient truths and alternative “realities” of the endless global warming debate. …


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10 Responses to “Greedy Lying Bastards” opens in theaters nationwide

  1. George Laur says:

    Just like Chasing Ice, this movie is completely missing the Midwest.

    • Rick - Climate Science Watch says:

      Except for Detroit and Cleveland. We’ll see what the audience response is and whether it moves to additional venues.

  2. Anna says:

    I agree with George. I live in Michigan, and Detroit is a 9 hr drive! I WOULD drive to Minneapolis (6.5 hrs), Madison (5hrs), or Milwaukee (4.5hrs). Why not make this film available online? Then no one has to drive! Will we be able to rent on DVD? You want people to get the word out on social media? Why, so none of my friends (in the cities I’ve listed) can see it? Bad PR…fire your marketing person!

    • Rick - Climate Science Watch says:

      First of all, I had nothing to do with making the movie or with marketing it. I just sat for an interview that they requested some time ago. So the PR people are not in my jurisdiction — but I expect they’re doing the best they can re getting into theaters. I appreciate the frustration of not having it play anywhere near much of the potential audience. But actually, given how rare it is for political documentaries to get any screening at all in commercial theaters, I was a bit surprised that this one got as much screening as it has. It’s even quite competitive to get into some of the top film festivals — Sundance, for example, gets upwards of 1,500 submissions a year in the documentary category and accepts maybe 2% of them for the juried competition. And of those, most don’t get theatrical distribution deals. I have no doubt that Greedy Lying Bastards will be available on DVD for sale or rental, hopefully sooner rather than later. And hopefully it will be available online for a general audience at some point.

    • Rick - Climate Science Watch says:

      I’m from Detroit originally. You must be far into the UP to be 9 hours from there. Houghton?

  3. Anna says:

    Rick, thanks for the response & letting me vent on behalf of people culturally land-locked. I DO hope to see the movie–eh!

  4. George Laur says:

    Rick, thanks for responding. I knew this wasn’t your jurisdiction, but like Anna, needed a place to chat about our cultural land-lock. This is one of my favorite blogs. Check it daily

  5. bobarl says:

    I live in Central NY and not far from Syracuse but didn’t see a showing of Greedy Lying Bastards around here so I will have to wait until it is available on a DVD. Also, I will keep checking with the Syracuse area to see if it comes to a theater there. Thanks for bringing it to the public’s attention. When I get it I will get as many to watch it as I can convince (or pay) because most of my acquaintances don’t seem interested.

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