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Legislature gets documentary treatment; film to debut Saturday

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Coloradans who would prefer to watch the legislature in action the same way they took in the latest “Star Wars” flick — with a super-sized bucket of popcorn — will have their chance Saturday when a documentary about the General Assembly comes to the Denver area. And because it’s debuting at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, moviegoers also can enjoy it with a beer.

It’s all thanks to former state Sen. Linda Newell, who has a background in TV production and made the documentary during her last year in the legislature. The Littleton Democrat represented state Senate District 26 in south metro Denver from 2008 through 2016.

Newell recently touted the production to Denver Channel 7 News’s Anne Trujillo on a segment of “Politics Unplugged.

“Over the years I have had so many questions from constituents: ‘How does a bill become a law,’ ‘What is it like down at the Capitol? I have to work. I can’t get there.’ So I decided why not take the Capitol to the people?” she told Trujillo.

The result was the documentary “The Last Bill, A Senator’s Story,” which follows the progress of two bills Newell carried in her final session; one advanced suicide prevention, and the other addressed people who misrepresent service animals. In profiling the legislation and following its progress, the film also gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how things really work under the Dome.

The documentary shows at 12:15 p.m. and 2 p.m., after which Newell and the rest of the production team will be on hand to take questions from the audience.

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