Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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MCRC Film Screening Event:
“Stealing Trust: Marylanders Speak Out on Frauds, Scams and Financial Abuses”
The financial crisis that pushed this country into the hardest economic times in 70 years is far from over. USA Today reported last week that almost 4 million homes have been lost to foreclosures over the last five years.  More than 6,500 Maryland families lost their homes to foreclosures in the first four months of 2011 and Baltimore is one of 25 cities that has gone from majority homeownership to a majority of rental properties in the wake of the housing crisis. Across the country, almost 14 million people are officially unemployed and millions of others have given up looking for work. The Great Recession may officially be over but families across the country are still reeling from the crunch caused by predatory lending and the collapse of the financial bubble.
Please join us one week from tonight to get a powerful look at the devastating toll predatory financial practices have taken on families across Maryland in the next screening of our new documentary film, “Stealing Trust.”
The screening will take place:
  • June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD.
The film tells the poignant stories of Maryland families that have lost their homes, their life savings and even their capacity to trust others to mortgage lenders, debt settlement companies, and unscrupulous home contractors and shows how some consumers have successfully fought back.
We’re excited by the great response the film won at our premiere event in May at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance. Sun film critic Michael Sragow has praised “crusading documentary” and compared it to the landmark film “American Casino” on his film blog:
Join us Tues. June 14 to see for yourself what the buzz is about and to talk with MCRC leaders about what consumers and citizens across the state can do to fight back and to protect themselves against financial predators.
We will also be showing the film around the Baltimore area and across the state this Summer and Fall. Screening dates will include:
  • June 28 at 7 p.m. at Red Emma’s Bookstore, 800 St. Paul St., Baltimore MD. 
  • July 11 at 6 p.m. at the Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore MD.
Please watch this space along with our website and our facebook and twitter pages for word about other screenings and a film event near you. 


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