The Guardians


Sequoia 2 Fri, Oct 5, 2018 3:00 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Sat, Oct 6, 2018 5:15 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:104 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Billie Mintz
Producer:Billie Mintz
J.B. Sugar
Screenwriter:Billie Mintz
Cinematographer:Sasha Moric
Editor:Michele Francis
Print Source:Billie Mintz
Note Writer:Carol Harada


A society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members, including its elders. Investigative filmmaker Billie Mintz joins family members, activists, and journalists in Las Vegas to expose a nefarious system designed to defraud and abuse senior citizens—and get away with it. A scheme targets wealthy retirees, coercing them into leaving their homes and surrendering to the custody of rigged, for-profit, court-appointed guardians. The victims lose control of their finances, living situations, medical records, and healthcare. Their very lives are stolen. Exhausted families who want to care for and protect their kin are desperately trying to stop this waking nightmare. Despite continual stonewalling by corrupt judges, doctors, and guardians, the families win some small justice. Yet this Vegas-style racketeering is just the tip of the iceberg, a cautionary tale. Be informed, be enraged, and keep your elders close.

Expected Guest: Director Billie Mintz

Additional Information

Billie Mintz’s life is a series of wild tales that are mostly true. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, he is a certified Reiki healer, an ordained minister of deliverance, and he trained in shamanism with an Incan medicine man. He’s been a correspondent and director on the National Geographic series Explorer, appeared on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, and was the first civilian to screen his film and debrief the FBI on an issue they knew little about, Billie is a long-time advocate for social justice and believes in the power of story to raise consciousness and inspire policy change.