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Producer Susan Bedusa ’01 to debut poker documentary in Newport on April 18

Poker – as American as cowboys and apple pie?

That’s what poker experts and enthusiasts would have you believe according to the new documentary film, “All In – The Poker Movie.” That, and “poker is bigger than the Super Bowl.”

The film, which RWU alumna Susan Bedusa ’01 produced, tells the story of how poker has infiltrated mainstream American culture, satisfies our desire to play and win, and has the power to shape our identities as individuals. The film features perspectives from inside and outside of the game that makes millionaires including actor Matt Damon, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and professional poker player Chris Moneymaker.

Bedusa, a vice president of development at 4th Row Films in New York, develops and produces feature films, documentaries and television programs. She has produced six feature documentaries in the past four years; Bedusa also produced the hit MTV show “The X-Effect” which ran for three seasons.

“All In – The Poker Movie” will be screened at the Jane Pickens Theatre and Event Center in Newport, R.I., on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Visit this website to purchase $10 tickets in advance.

The Rhode Island Chapter of the Roger Williams Alumni Association invites all alumni to a free reception with cash bar immediately following the film. The reception will take place at Yesterday’s Ale House
 at 28 Washington Square in Newport, directly across the street from Jane Pickens Theater. 

To RSVP, email or call Grace Raposo in the Office of Alumni Relations at (401) 254-3005

Check out the trailer below and visit for more information on the film.The official Video on Demand (VOD) launch is April 24.

For a more in-depth look, read this post by Edward J. Delaney, professor of communications and creative writing at Roger Williams University an a frequent contributor PBS's POV blog on documentary filmmaking.