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“Pushing Luck” Documentary to Premiere Statewide

Stop Predatory Gambling and the Institute for American Values are pleased to invite you to the screening of Pushing Luck, a short documentary produced by that examines the question of whether government’s policy of sponsoring casinos has failed. From Miami to Atlantic City to Chicago and elsewhere, filmmakers interview recovering addicts, former industry insiders, political leaders, and noted academicians to uncover the roots of gambling in Florida, the nature of the industry that pushes it, and its consequences for American social, political, and economic life.  (See movie trailer of Pushing Luck by clicking here).

Pushing Luck screenings will take place in the following cities and dates. The events are free and open to the public. Concessions are complimentary.

  • Orlando – Monday, February 24th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Loch Haven Park, 812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803
  • Pensacola – Tuesday, February 25th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm (CST) at New World Landing Event Center, 600 S Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
  • Tampa – Wednesday, February 26th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Cobb Cine Bistro Hyde Park, 1609 West Swann Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
  • Miami – Wednesday, February 26, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Renaissance at the Gables, 2340 SW 32nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33145
  • Jacksonville – Thursday, February 27th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Museum of Contemporary Art, 333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Miami Beach – TBD

Stop Predatory Gambling.  A 501c3 organization based in Washington, DC, Stop Predatory Gambling is a national transpartisan coalition of more than 500,000 citizens and groups from diverse backgrounds, religious faiths, political convictions, and life circumstances dedicated to a fundamental national reform – ending the unfairness and inequality produced by government sponsorship of casinos and lotteries.

Institute for American Values. A New York City based think tank focusing on family and social issues. The Institute’s mission is “to study and strengthen civil society.” Within the focus on civil society, the institute’s current priorities are marriage, thrift, gambling and public conversation. Together, these are primary determinants of the health of civil society. IAV is a 501c3.

Les Bernal.  Les Bernal is the National Director of Stop Predatory Gambling and has spoken and written extensively about how government sponsorship of casinos and lotteries produces unfairness and inequality in America. He has appeared on national television and radio including 60 Minutes, CNN, Fox News Channel, Piers Morgan Tonight, National Public Radio and The BBC and has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and The Los Angeles Times. He has also spoken before dozens of business organizations, college audiences and faith groups across the nation.

David Blankenhorn.  David Blankenhorn, is a scholar and President of The Institute for American Values, a non-partisan think tank in New York City. He has written widely on state-sponsored gambling and is the author of New York’s Promise: Why Sponsoring Casinos is a Regressive Policy Unworthy of a Great State.  He is also a leader among a group of more than thirty-five distinguished American scholars who issued “Why Casinos Matter: Thirty-One Evidence-Based Propositions from the Health and Social Sciences,” the first report in fifteen years that examined the independent research and evidence about casinos.


Contact:  Cody Transue, Institute for American Values
Phone:  212-246-3942