ARCHIVE: Bowdon Pushes the Button with CARTEL

bobbowdoncartelVeteran broadcaster and first-time filmmaker Bob Bowdon comes to Red Bank Tuesday night for a special pre-release screening of THE CARTEL, his highly charged “blogumentary” on the state of public education in New Jersey.

By TOM CHESEK (First published on RedBankGreen April 26, 2010)

Here in New Jersey, there’s probably no bigger “hot-button” issue than public education and its discontents (unions vs. politicians; public servant salaries; school choice, and the “T” word) — and there’s likely never been anything so poised to push that button than The Cartel.

Just days away from general release in a handful of major markets, the documentary feature by anchorman-producer (and sometime actor) Bob Bowdon comes to Red Bank tomorrow night at the tail end of a week that couldn’t have been scheduled any better by the savviest movie publicist — from last Tuesday’s historic voter rejection of municipal school budgets, to the ongoing investigation that brought the FBI to the doorstep of the region’s biggest education superstar.

Tuesday’s screening event at Clearview Red Bank Art Cinemas (an event for which the filmmaker is scheduled to be present for a Q&A with the audience) is just one whistle-stop in a weeklong homecoming preview junket that culminates with an Education Reform Rally on Thursday evening in Trenton — and kicks off this morning with an 8:40a appearance by Bowdon on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program.

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