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HUMAN EVENTS Conservative Spotlight: Liberty Film Festival [LOS ANGELES, October 21-23, 2005] ^ | August 24, 2005 | Katie Farber

Posted on 08/24/2005 11:31:38 PM PDT by RonDog

Conservative Spotlight: Liberty Film Festival

by Katie Farber
Posted Aug 24, 2005

It is commonly assumed that Hollywood, from directors to actors, is liberal. The Liberty Film Festival, set to take place October 21-23, is an annual event that aims to debunk this myth.

Started last year, the Liberty Film Festival, co-founded and co-directed by Jason Apuzzo and Govindini Murty, is Hollywood’s first and only conservative film festival. It seeks to give prominence to talented filmmakers who cannot get their work shown within the existing Hollywood system, as well as to educate the public on films from a conservative perspective through commentary on their blog, Libertas.“We just grew very uncomfortable with the fact that our side was not being allowed to get their films made or if we were making our films, that the mainstream studio system, the distribution apparatus and the mainstream film festivals would not pick them up,” Murty told Human Events. “The infrastructure of the town is run by the left and they are literally blacklisting the right and not allowing their work to be shown.”

“It’s a very bad situation because the public thinks that there are only liberals in this town and there are actually a lot of good conservatives who are doing a lot of good work, but it needs to be seen,” she said.  Both Apuzzo and Murty are familiar with the film industry. Apuzzo is a writer and director who grew up in Los Angeles, and Murty is an actress and writer who has lived in Los Angeles for the past five years. As conservatives, they tried to “go along to get along” and “not be political” in order blend into the industry. However, they became dissatisfied with the fact that those on the right have such a difficult time getting their work shown and accepted in liberal Hollywood.

“I think it’s good for everybody if conservatives have a chance to get their work out and the Liberty Film Festival was a vision by Jason and me as a forum for conservative, libertarian and right-of-center filmmakers to show their work to the public,” Murty said. Unknown even to many who live there, the leftist elite did not always dominate Hollywood. In fact, many Republicans initially helped establish Hollywood, and Republicans founded many major studios. Louis B. Mayer of MGM Studios was one prime example. There were also a number of Republican actors and directors, such as Alfred Hitchcock and Cecil B. DeMille.

Even though Hollywood leaned to the right, the conservatives existed peacefully with the actors who were liberal. “What we always like to point out is that when Republicans ran the film industry, Democrats could still work. You had Democrats such as Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn and John Huston and Billy Wilder who had thriving careers,” Murty told Human Events. Today, liberal Hollywood actively defies the War on Terror, but when World War II broke out and the United States was led by a liberal President, Republicans still supported the war, Murty said. “Republican Hollywood went out of its way to support a Democratic war effort because they could see there was a larger issue at stake and that was the security of our country,” she said. “It’s just very sad today that when Democrats lead Hollywood, they can’t look beyond their own petty interest to support President Bush and the War on Terror, when it’s collective national security that’s at risk.”

Apuzzo and Murty are hopeful that Hollywood is changing for the better. They said that while there were definitely good filmmakers such as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg who evolved during the late 1960s when the left took over, there is a new generation with different ideas and excitement that may have a voice very soon. The only obstacle is the fear of not getting work, but once conservatives make more of a name for themselves, supporters will surface and more well-known actors will emerge. More than 80 films have been submitted to the Liberty Film Festival already, with submissions focusing on everything from the War on Terror and immigration to right-to-life issues and religious faith.

The festival looks for submissions that fit three criteria: They must be artistically good and entertaining films, their ideas must celebrate conservative or libertarian values (broad issues such as free speech, democracy, family, religious faith and patriotism), and they should be works that have little chance of being seen elsewhere. The festival is supported by a number of private individuals. “The main sponsor last year was the Foundation for Free Markets, whose president, Paul Harberger has been a wonderful support to us, and they will be supporting us again this year,” Murty said. There are other individuals within the Los Angeles community who help back the festival as well.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: filmfestival; hollywoodright; libertas; libertyfilmfestival; losangeles; movies

1 posted on 08/24/2005 11:31:39 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog

Liberty Film Festival 2.0

2 posted on 08/24/2005 11:35:22 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: feinswinesuksass; DoughtyOne; Cinnamon Girl; Tony in Hawaii; Bob J; diotima; gc4nra; Howie; ...
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The Liberty Film Festival, Hollywood’s Conservative Film Festival, Announces 2005 Festival Dates and Call for Entries

Hollywood, CA

The 2005 Liberty Film Festival, Hollywood’s premier event for conservative and libertarian film, will be held this October 21-23, 2005 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

The Liberty Film Festival showcases films that celebrate the traditional American values of free speech, patriotism, and religious freedom. We also celebrate the spread of freedom and democracy around the world, and welcome international filmmakers who advance these values through their art.

The festival is currently accepting feature and short film submissions (both documentary and narrative). The festival will hold three juried competitions for Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, and Best Screenplay (unproduced). Best Feature Film and Best Short Film winners will each be awarded the Libertas Prize. The Screenplay Competition will have a $1000 prize. The deadline for all entries is August 22, 2005.

The Liberty Film Festival continues its innovative programming this year with a Producers Series, which includes panels on Film Production, TV Production, Screenwriting, and Film Finance & Distribution. The Festival will also feature a debate on the 1950’s blacklist. Festival speakers will include Oscar and Emmy-nominated producers, directors, writers and actors.

The Festival will also feature a Tribute to John Wayne, and a 100th Birthday Tribute to Ayn Rand...

3 posted on 08/24/2005 11:44:42 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: doug from upland; ALOHA RONNIE; DLfromthedesert; PatiPie; flamefront; onyx; SMEDLEYBUTLER; Irma; ...
...Started last year, the Liberty Film Festival, co-founded and co-directed by Jason Apuzzo and Govindini Murty, is Hollywood’s first and only conservative film festival.
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Ann Coulter pics from Craig Ferguson's Late, Late Show ^ | May 24, 2005 | RonDog [and FRiends]
Posted on 05/24/2005 9:11:20 PM PDT by RonDog

Govindini Murty and Ann Coulter
CLICK HERE for the rest of that thread

4 posted on 08/24/2005 11:49:08 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: DoctorZIn
See also THIS thread:

On the Right Side of the Theater Aisle - The NY Times Liberty Film Festival
NY Times ^ | 6.26.2005 | DoctorZin
Posted on 06/27/2005 12:14:40 AM PDT by DoctorZIn


An Excerpt:

Published: June 26, 2005


The film producer Stephen K. Bannon isn't just on a crusade. He's on a roll.

"Look at Feb. 25, 2004 - a watershed week for the Hollywood right," he said in his Santa Monica office while scribbling a circle around the word "Lord" on his whiteboard.

"On Ash Wednesday, 'The Passion of the Christ' is released theatrically, and on Sunday, 'Lord of the Rings' - a great Christian allegory - wins 11 Academy Awards. So here you have Sodom and Gomorrah bowing to the great Christian God, and did you guys notice? No, because 99 per cent of the content in the media's sewage pipes is the culture of death, not life."

The first Liberty Film Festival, in 2004, showcased works with a conservative viewpoint...
CLICK HERE for the rest of that thread

5 posted on 08/24/2005 11:55:44 PM PDT by RonDog
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...Govindini Murty, a Hindu actress and right-wing advocate who appears frequently on conservative talk shows. “Democrat or Republican, they should just stay away.”

Ms. Murty and her husband, Jason Apuzzo, while leery of political control, aren’t shy about promoting their own political message. These two budding filmmakers founded the Liberty Film Festival, which supplies ammunition for what Mr. Bannon calls “the right’s propaganda war with the left.”

That would be THESE guys, from
Govindini Murty
Festival Co-Director

Actress/Writer Govindini Murty is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Liberty Film Festival, Hollywood’s first conservative film festival. Govindini also co-writes and edits LIBERTAS, the premier weblog for conservative thought on film.   She is currently a guest film critic for AMC TV’s 'The Movie Club,' and Govindini’s 'Hollywood Confidential' columns on film and Hollywood history are featured on  Govindini has also appeared on Fox News, MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country,” Fox 11 News LA, The Michael Medved Show, The Al Rantel Show, The Jim Hirsen Show, the Steve Yuhas Show, The Inga Barks Show, and numerous other talk shows. She’s otherwise worked in film, TV, commercials and theater in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Govindini came to the US to attend Yale University, where she received a BA in East Asian Studies.

Jason Apuzzo
Festival Co-Director

Jason Apuzzo is a writer/director living in Los Angeles, currently with several film projects in development. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Liberty Film Festival, Hollywood’s first conservative film festival.  He also edits LIBERTAS, the premier weblog for conservative thought on film. Jason graduated from the USC School of Cinema-TV in 2001 with an MFA in Production. Prior to USC, Jason received his Ph.D. in Germanic Literature from Stanford University, and a BA in Philosophy from Yale University. Jason writes a weekly 'Hollywood Confidential' column for Newsmax, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News and numerous radio talk shows to discuss contemporary film.

6 posted on 08/24/2005 11:58:36 PM PDT by RonDog
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We want to thank everyone for submitting their films and screenplays to the Liberty Film Festival. The deadline for Liberty Film Festival entries has now passed.

The Liberty Film Festival will announce its 2005 film lineup on September 21st. Screenplay contest winner(s) will be announced at the festival itself, which will be held October 21st-23rd in West Hollywood, CA at the Pacific Design Center.

Festival tickets will go on-sale soon after September 21st.

Check back to this website for further announcements.

7 posted on 08/25/2005 2:18:07 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog
Thank God for the CONSERVATIVE Liberty Film Festival...
...because the LIBERAL Hollywood establishment has surrendered, and is supporting the ENENY!

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Hollywood's New War Effort: Terrorism Chic
Jason Apuzzo (back to web version) | email to a friend Recommend to a friend

August 10, 2005

Slow to awaken after the 9/11 attacks, Hollywood has finally come around to contributing what it can in the War on Terror: namely, glossy, star-studded movies that sympathize with the enemy.

Hard to believe? Here's the pitch: with box-office numbers trending down, studio executives are suddenly greenlighting movies they can describe to shareholders as 'controversial' or 'timely.' Whether the films are anti-American or otherwise demoralizing to the war effort is apparently immaterial. Its appetite whetted by "Fahrenheit 9/11"'s $222 million worldwide gross, Hollywood thinks it's found a formula for both financial security and critical plaudits: noxious anti-American storylines, bathed in the warm glow of star power.

Here are just a few films already in the pipeline:

-  "V For Vendetta." From Warner Brothers and the creators of "The Matrix" comes this film about a futuristic Great Britain that's become a 'fascist state.' A masked 'freedom fighter' named V uses terror tactics (including bombing the London Underground) to undermine the government - leading to a climax in which the British Parliament is blown up. Natalie Portman stars as a skinhead who turns to 'the revolution' after doing time as a Guantanamo-style prisoner.

-  "Munich." Steven Spielberg directs this film about the aftermath of the 1972 Olympic terror attacks that killed eleven Israeli athletes. "Munich"'s screenplay is written by playwrite Tony Kushner ("Angels in America"), who has been quoted as saying: "I think the founding of the state of Israel was for the Jewish people a historical, moral, political calamity ... I wish modern Israel hadn¹t been born." The film focuses on the crisis of conscience undergone by Israeli commandos tasked with killing PLO terrorists - rather than on the barbarity of the terrorists themselves.

- "Untitled Oliver Stone 9/11 Project." Paramount will distribute Oliver Stone's new film recounting the rescue of two Port Authority officers after the 9/11 attacks. The film will star Nicholas Cage and Maggie Gyllenhaal - who recently suggested that America was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

As for Stone, he had this to say only a month after 9/11: "This attack was pure chaos, and chaos is energy. All great changes have come from people or events that were initially misunderstood, and seemed frightening, like madmen."

"Syriana." Starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, this Warner Brothers film - set during the first Bush administration - features a plot by American oil companies and the U.S. government to redraw Middle East borders for greater oil profiteering. The film even depicts a handsome, 'tragic' suicide bomber driven to jihad after being fired by an American oil company! The film's climax comes with the jihadist launching an explosive device into an oil tanker as American oil barons and Saudi officials look on.

"The Scorpion's Gate." Sony has optioned former terrorism-czar Richard Clarke's novel about oil companies and Washington politicians colluding to reshape the map of the Middle East for greater oil profiteering - this time by launching a global nuclear war.

"The Chancellor Manuscript." Paramount reworks Robert Ludlum¹s 1977 thriller into an anti-Patriot Act star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio. Here's the film's screenwriter, Michael Seitzman: "We live in this crazy post-Patriot Act environment where Benjamin Franklin¹s warning that 'those that give up essential liberties for temporary security don¹t deserve either one' are being ignored, so the subject matter seemed ripe."

"No True Glory: The Battle for Fallujah." Universal has attached Harrison Ford to star as real-life General Jim Mattis - in this story blaming the White House for the deaths of fifty Marines in one of the Iraq war's deadliest battles. Based on the book of the same name by Bing West.

"American Dreamz." This 'satire' from Universal Pictures deals with Pakistani suicide bombers out to kill the US president. The film stars Hugh Grant, Richard Dreyfuss, Willem Dafoe and Mandy Moore. According to writer-director Paul Weitz ("American Pie"), "The film is a comic examination of ... cultural obsessions" like the War on Terror "and how they can anaesthetise us to the actual issues of our day."

"Terminus." Set in the Middle East of the future, this Warner Brothers film depicts a 'disillusioned' war correspondent covering an 'insurgency' he decides he must support. The producer, Basil Iwanyk, says: "It deals head on with what some call insurgency, what some call guerilla warfare and what some call freedom fighting."

"Jarhead." This Universal release, starring Jamie Foxx and Jake Gyllenhaal, deals with the 'dehumanization' of Marine trainees prior to and during the 1991 Gulf War. Based on Andrew Swofford's notorious and questionable memoirs of the same name.

The above list, incidentally, should not be taken as comprehensive. For example, Paramount also has projects in the works about a 'reformed' al-Qaeda operative, and about the victim of an Iraqi suicide bomber. Little about these projects has been made public.

One thing should be obvious from this list: left-wing agitprop filmmaking is no longer the purview of desperate, 'indie' filmmakers with shaky camcorders and maxed-out credit cards. The films listed above are being made by large, multi-national corporations - and will feature sophisticated, expensive marketing campaigns with A-list stars. Imagine Leni Riefenstahl cross-promoting "Triumph of the Will" with People Magazine covers and E! Channel specials. That's more or less what Hollywood has in mind.

Hollywood has shifted strategies in its opposition to the War on Terror. No longer content to let clumsy, uncouth documentarians like Michael Moore or Robert Greenwald conduct its foreign policy, Tinseltown is rolling out big guns like Harrison Ford and Leo DiCaprio and George Clooney - complete with their p.r. firms, dazzling smiles, and easy charm.

It's imperative for conservatives to shift strategies, as well. It will no longer be sufficient for outraged conservatives to storm talk radio, the Internet or Fox News with the idea of verbally 'rebutting' these movies like dour lawyers in a courtroom. When these films arrive, with their star-power, swelling soundtracks and digital effects, they'll hit the public with the force of a hurricane - and there'll be no obvious butt of derision like Michael Moore for talking-head conservatives to target. These filmmakers and their movies will be much more polished, subtle - and insidious. And these films will be more dangerous than "Fahrenheit 9/11" because their strategy will be to entertain.

The proper 'response' for this sort of thing is simple, if complex in execution. At some point conservatives need to raise capital, pick up cameras and start making movies of their own - much like Mel Gibson did with "The Passion." And conservatives should do this not simply to 'rebut' the other side, but to add depth and imagination to what has become a wasteland of popular entertainment. Most Hollywood insiders - even liberals - agree that Hollywood is in a creative depression. More conservative voices can only help what has become a bleak situation for the town, both artistically and financially.

Movies are a powerful force in shaping the imagination of our culture, and in defining how history is remembered. It will be a great shame if all we leave behind from this vital period in American history is a shoddy trail of "Syriana"s, "V For Vendetta"s or "American Dreamz" - rather than a "Casablanca" or a "Notorious." But conservatives obviously can't wait for Hollywood to do that for them - they're going to have to do it themselves.

Jason Apuzzo is a filmmaker, Co-Director of The Liberty Film Festival, and Editor of the conservative film blog LIBERTAS.

©2005 Jason Apuzzo

8 posted on 08/25/2005 2:37:33 AM PDT by RonDog
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Ms. Murty and her husband, Jason Apuzzo

Damn, she's married. You're a lucky guy Mr Apuzzo! :0)

9 posted on 08/25/2005 4:29:25 AM PDT by agere_contra
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He certainly is. Bastard.

10 posted on 08/25/2005 8:14:25 AM PDT by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: RonDog

Thanks for the ping RDog (do you ever sleep? - ha)
If you ever come accross a list of entertaining films that do not take snarky asides at things that Conservatives love,, I'd love to have that list handy for my Netflix account.

Maybe Libertas could publish such a list, or FR could
take submissions for a list of past and current "Freeper Movie Club Titles"?

11 posted on 08/25/2005 9:35:24 AM PDT by seenenuf (Progressives are a threat to my children!)
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12 posted on 08/25/2005 2:49:02 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: RonDog

Thanks for this ping! I am looking forward to the festival!

13 posted on 08/25/2005 11:11:38 PM PDT by Joy Angela
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The 2005 Liberty Film Festival will be held this October 21-23, 2005 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

The Liberty Film Festival showcases films that celebrate the traditional American values of free speech, patriotism, and religious freedom. Please note that festival tickets are only available for purchase on-line at this Liberty Film Festival website. We do not accept checks or phone reservations. Please do not contact the Pacific Design Center for tickets.

The festival will be held at the Pacific Design Center, SilverScreen Theatre, 2nd Floor Center Green, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Parking is $6 per vehicle, pay upon arrival. After purchasing your tickets, please print your confirmation email and bring it to the theater. That is your ticket. Full Festival Passes can be picked up at the theater during the festival. Please note that no food or beverages (except for bottled water) are allowed in the theater or theater lobby. Food will be available at a cafe in the Pacific Design Center that will be open during the festival.The festival schedule is below. Please click on a 'BUY TICKET' button to purchase tickets. You can pay securely with your American Express, Discover, Mastercard, or Visa card.

Oct. 21 - Oct. 23


The Full Festival Pass provides access to all festival screenings, panels, and awards events. It's a $132 value for only $110! Buy now! Only a limited number available.

Friday, October 21
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


feltest1.jpg 6:00PM "Fellowship 9/11" (15 mins., 2004)
Hilarious comic short by Rick Nyholm spoofs The Lord of the Rings and Fahrenheit 9/11.

6:15PM Festival Director Greeting by Govindini Murty & Jason Apuzzo

6:25PM Sponsor's Introduction by Paul Harberger, Foundation for Free Markets

reagan4.jpg 6:30PM Presentation of "LFF Best Film of 2004" Prize
to Stephen K. Bannon for his epic documentary In The Face of Evil: Reagan's War in Word & Deed

uni.jpg 6:40PM "Brainwashing 201: The Second Semester" - World Premiere! (30 mins., 2005)
A hilarious yet sobering account by Evan Maloney of political correctness run amok on college campuses.  This special preview, with never-before-seen footage, gives an advance look at Evan's feature-length film due out in 2006!

horowitz.jpgFeaturing Special Introduction by author David Horowitz, who will speak about the Academic Bill of Rights. Q&A with Evan Maloney after the film.

deadmeat.jpg7:25PM "Dead Meat" Special Preview - World Premiere! (25 mins., 2005)
Documentarians Stuart Browning and Blaine Greenburg take a witty and pointed look at nationalized healthcare as practiced in Canada - and rebut the claims of Michael Moore's upcoming Sicko.  This is a special preview of the feature film due out in 2006!

Q&A with Stuart Browning and Blaine Greenburg after the film.

Friday, October 21
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM


8:30PM "Broken Promises: The United Nations at 60" - LA Premiere! (65 mins., 2005)
Actor Ron Silver narrates this explosive documentary about the UN.  "Broken Promises" identifies the enormous promise of the U.N. at its founding - and its failure to live up to that promise in humanitarian disasters in Rwanda, Bosnia, and the Middle-East.  Featuring interviews with Natan Sharansky, Donald Trump, Congressman Dan Burton, General Romeo Dallaire, Ambassador Dore Gold, Senator George Mitchell, Claudia Rosett, and UN aid workers, peacekeepers, and officials, "Broken Promises" makes a powerful case for UN reform. Directed by Kevin Knoblock, produced by David N. Bossie and Ron Silver. Ron Silver and the filmmakers are planning to attend in person, so be sure to buy tickets to this exciting event early!

The program will feature a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Saturday, October 22
9:00AM - 11:45AM

A film shorts program featuring exciting new conservative filmmakers!

seals.jpg 9:00AM "Sealed For Your Protection" (12 mins., 2005)
Free speech advocate Anna Z. interviews LA residents, ACLU lawyers, former LA Mayor Jim Hahn, and talk show host Dennis Prager about the controversial decision of the LA County Board of Supervisors to remove the cross from the LA County Seal. A film by Anna Z. & Jeffers Dodge.

parable.jpg 9:15AM "The Parable" - LA Premiere! (17 mins., 2005)
Two men's lives dramatically intersect when a hardworking shop owner and loving husband who believes in God encounter an amoral young man who believes only in violence.  (Parental Advisory: some violent imagery.) Directed by Brock Smith.  Produced by Brock Smith and Kenton Smith.

powers.jpg 9:35AM "Powers' Needle" - World Premiere! (23 mins., 2004)
A young drifter fantasizes about being a World War II hero in a romanticized past, while evading responsibility in the present. (Parental Advisory: some profanity.) Directed by Steve Kleiman. Produced by Tad Davis, Steve Kleiman, and Keith Robinson.

boots.jpg 10:00AM "365 Boots on the Ground" (58 mins., 2005)
Sergeant Kc Wayland documents his recent year-long tour of duty in Iraq, from recruitment, to deployment, to return home. This absorbing, first-person account shows the lives of Marines in Iraq, from their daily routines, to humorous and heartwarming interactions with Iraqi citizens and fellow soldiers, to shocking outbreaks of terrorist violence. (Parental Advisory: some profanity.) Directed by Kc Wayland, Produced by Kc Wayland and Tucker Tillman.

Q&A with Kc Wayland after the film.

robert wu5.jpg11:05AM "A Temp For All Seasons" (10 mins., 2005)
An office temp refuses to tell a lie for his boss - and humorous results ensue. Pressured by co-workers, boss, and friends to conform, the temp must decide whether he wants to stay true to his conscience - or cave in to pressure and keep his job. Directed by Keith Ray Putman, Produced by Michael Toay.

revolution3.jpg 11:15AM "Stop Bitching, Start A Revolution" (7 mins., 2005)
Documentarian/humorist Evan Maloney interviews left-wing protesters at President Bush's 2005 inauguration, and offers them Hillary Clinton and Michael Moore dolls as consolation prizes.

The program will feature a group Q&A with these up-and-coming filmmakers after the films.

Saturday, October 22
12:00PM - 1:15PM

"What Stories is Hollywood Not Telling?"
This exciting panel will feature screenwriters Andrew Klavan (Clint Eastwood's True Crime), screenwriter and blogger Roger L. Simon (Woody Allen's Scenes From a Mall), Craig Titley (Scooby-Doo, Steve Martin's Cheaper By The Dozen), Paul Guay (Jim Carrey's Liar, Liar), Burt Prelutsky (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, MASH), and Charlie Carner (Vanishing Point).

The program will feature a Q&A with the panelists.

Saturday, October 22
1:30PM - 3:15PM

marching2.jpg "Emancipation, Revelation, Revolution" - Special Preview Presentation (92 mins., 2005)
Documentary about the foundational role of the Republican Party in the abolition of slavery, and also the Civil Rights Movement.  "Emancipation, Revelation, Revolution" argues that the Republican Party was created to end slavery, and that major legal reforms and acts of legislation passed to give black Americans the vote - and full civil rights equal to whites - were created and passed by Republican legislators. The movie also follows the fascinating story of how every black American elected to Congress immediately after the Civil War was a Republican, how President Eisenhower signed into law the first major civil rights reforms of the 20th century, and how most black Americans up until the 1960s were Republicans. Featuring interviews with conservative black intellectuals and activists Shelby Steele, Deroy Murdock, Armstrong Williams, Niger Innis (CORE), Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Mason Weaver, Star Parker, Alveda King (the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King), and Gloria Jackson (great-grand-daughter of Booker T. Washington).  Directed by Nina May.  Produced by Nina May and Tricia Erickson.

Special introduction by noted conservative black activist Ted Hayes! The program will feature a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Saturday, October 22
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

iraqi.jpg "Voices of Iraqi Freedom" - US Premiere (30 mins., 2005)
Kurdish Shorts from the First Iraqi Film Festival. These shorts, with the theme of anti-terrorism and anti-violence, are part of a two-part program created by noted Kurdish/Iraqi filmmaker Jano Rosebiani's Evini Films to train young Iraqis to express themselves artistically through cinema. The program takes 20 young Kurds and 20 young Iraqis, pairs them with film professionals in hands-on training, and then screens their short films throughout Iraq.  Cinema production and exhibition were virtually banned in Iraq for thirty years under Saddam Hussein - this program is the first to rejuvenate filmmaking in a free Iraq.

jiyan.jpgAs part of the "Voices of Iraqi Freedom" presentation, we will also screen Jano Rosebiani's narrative feature "Jiyan" (93 mins., 2003).  "Jiyan" is a moving, life-affirming story of a little orphan girl befriended by a Kurdish-American man helping to rebuild her home town in the wake of Saddam Hussein's chemical attacks of the late 1980s.

Saturday, October 22
5:45PM - 6:45PM

"Was Communism A Threat to Hollywood?"

Moderator: Film historian/journalist John Meroney
Panelists: Richard Schickel (TIME film critic, noted film historian), James Hirsen (best-selling author, Hollywood Nation), Ron Radosh (Red Star over Hollywood), Patrick Goldstein (LA Times film critic, columnist), Ed Rampell (author, Progressive Hollywood) and Jeff Britting of the Ayn Rand Institute (producer of the Oscar-nominated Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life).

Saturday, October 22
7:00PM - 9:15PM


"Cochise County, USA: Cries From the Border" - World Premiere! (117 mins., 2005)
Inspired by her own experiences living along the US-Mexico border, Arizona resident Mercedes Maharis documents the national tragedy of illegal immigration as experienced by the residents of Cochise County, Arizona. The county has only 130,000 residents, yet was the crossing point for more than 235,000 illegal immigrants in 2004. The movie documents the toll this takes on the local community, the environment, and on the immigrants themselves.  Featuring interviews with Cochise County residents & officials, Border Patrol officials, pacifists, civil rights activists, and illegal immigrants. It also features extraordinary footage of actual border crossings. The film argues for a fair and humane solution to this human tragedy. (Parental Advisory: film contains some violent images unsuitable for children.)

The program will feature a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Saturday, October 22
9:30PM - 11:30PM


"The Searchers" - John Wayne Tribute (119 mins.,1956)
As a tribute to John Wayne, we'll be screening John Wayne and director John Ford's greatest collaboration, The Searchers.  John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a former Confederate soldier whose family is massacred by native Indians. Setting out on a quest to find his abducted niece, Wayne suffers years of anger, privation, and loneliness before ultimately rediscovering his humanity. The Searchers captures the mythic quality of the American frontier, and Wayne's Ethan Edwards is one of the most powerful characters in movie history. Essential viewing for conservatives. Also starring Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood and Patrick Wayne.

Sunday, October 23
10:00AM - 1:15PM

zions.jpg10:00AM "Entering Zion" - World Premiere! (72 mins., 2005)
Documentarians/activists Kfir Alfia and Alan Lipton of the Protest Warriors go on a personal journey through modern Israel, from the clubs of Tel Aviv to the heart of the Gaza Strip, from the beaches of Eliat to the Security Wall.  The film is a political documentary - and a spiritual odyssey.  Directed and Produced by Kfir Alfia and Alan Lipton.

Film will be introduced by Emmy-award winning screenwriter Robert Avrech. Featuring a Q&A with the filmmakers after the film.

michael.jpg 12:00PM   FILM & TV PRODUCTION PANEL: Moderated by Michael Medved
Panelists include Frank Price (former President of Universal Pictures, Chairman of Columbia Pictures, Chairman of MCA Motion Picture Group); Joel Surnow (Executive Producer, Fox's "24"); Cyrus Nowrasteh (Writer, "Into the West," Writer/Producer of ABC's new 9/11 miniseries); Warren Bell (Executive Producer, “According To Jim,” “Ellen"); Scott Gardenhour (partner in Michael Bay's production company, producer on Pearl Harbor, Armageddon); Doug Urbanski (Gary Oldman's manager, Producer of The Contender).

Sunday, October 23
1:45PM - 3:15PM

mufti.jpg "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" - World Premiere! (70 mins., 2005)
The sequel to Relentless, Obsession traces the roots of modern Islamic terrorism to the alliance between Islamic clerics and the Nazi Party in the 1930s and 1940s.  The relationship of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem to Adolph Hitler in particular is examined as the inspiration for radical Islamic movements and anti-Semitism in the Middle-East today.  Featuring interviews with Daniel Pipes, Steve Emerson, Alan Dershowitz, Israeli officials, former PLO terrorists, and the families of suicide bombers.  (Parental Advisory: film contains some violent images unsuitable for children.) Directed by Wayne Kopping, Produced by Raphael Shore and Peter Mier.  A production of

The program will feature a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Sunday, October 23
3:45PM - 6:00PM

benjamins.jpg3:45PM FILM FINANCE & DISTRIBUTION PANEL: Moderated by Steve Bannon, Film Financier and Distributor.
Panelists include Trevor Drinkwater (CEO, Wellspring Media and Genius Products, distributor of films under the prestigious Wellspring, AMC, Sundance Channel, and TV Guide labels); John Mueller (Senior Vice President, Jefferies and Company, an important film finance company); Patrick Russo (Principal, The Salter Group, also an important film finance company).

robo.jpg 5:00PM "Robotech - Special Anime Presentation" (30 mins., 2006)
A special preview of the upcoming anime film Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.  20 years ago, a groundbreaking program called Robotech debuted on American television, forever changing the way we look at animation. At the end of the original Robotech series Scott Bernard begins the search for Admiral Rick Hunter and prepares for a rendezvous with destiny. For 20 years "Robotech" fans have wondered what happened next. Join "Robotech"'s Kevin McKeever for a behind-the-scenes presentation on the most anticipated anime production in 20 years.  Featuring special trailers, new production footage, and a description of the anime process from conception to production.

pasta1.jpg 5:30PM "Grace Before Meals" - World Premiere! (22 mins., 2005)
In this TV pilot, a Catholic priest/chef visits American families, and shows them how to strengthen their bonds with each other and with their community through cooking and enjoying delicious meals.  Directed by Chris Beutler, Produced by Tim Watkins.

Sunday, October 23
6:15PM - 10:15PM

statue.jpg 6:15PM FESTIVAL AWARDS PRESENTATION with Presenters Michael Medved, Morgan Brittany, and Robert Davi.
Awards will be presented to the Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, and the Winner of the Screenplay Competition.

living.jpg 6:45PM "We The Living" (174 mins., 1942)
As our "100th Birthday Tribute to Ayn Rand," we'll be screening the 1942 Italian classic We The Living, based on Ayn Rand's novel of the same name. The film stars Alida Valli and Rossano Brazzi as young lovers in post-revolutionary Russia who must choose between conformity with the Communist Party, or the dictates of their own hearts. Mussolini banned the film for its anti-totalitarian message, and attempted to destroy all existing prints. Thought lost for many years, the film negative was rediscovered in the 1960s by Hank and Erika Holzer and restored, with Ayn Rand's guidance. Rarely seen, this film classic combines philosophy and art in a work of compelling drama (B & W, with subtitles). Directed by Goffredo Alessandrini, the film's restoration was produced by Duncan Scott and Hank & Erika Holzer.

Special introductions by producer Duncan Scott, and by Jeff Britting of the Ayn Rand Institute. There will also be a 10 minute intermission during the film.

10:15PM Festival Conclusion and Thanks.

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To: RonDog
See also the NEW thread:
Liberty Film Festival Opens in L.A. - featuring Ron Silver, Evan Maloney - and FReeper AnnaZ!
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On News/Activism 10/12/2005 2:20:08 PM PDT · 16 replies · 280+ views ^ | October 12, 2006 | Carl Limbacher and Staff

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