Announcing the Anthem Libertarian Film Festival 2012 Selections!!
Feature Length Documentaries
2016: Obama’s America.
2016: Obama’s America. Jim Hanon, director. Wednesday, 8 pm, Palace 3-4-5
2016: OBAMA’S AMERICA takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world’s most powerful office, revealing the struggle of whether one man’s past will redefine America over the next four years. Immersed in exotic locales across four continents, the film follows best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza as he races to find answers about Obama’s past that could reveal where America will be in 2016. The journey moves quickly over the arc of the old colonial empires into America’s empire of liberty, as we see the unfolding realignment of nations and the shape of the global future. Will America stand as a rising empire of liberty or face a future in decline? From the producer of Schindler’s List, this film will be opening in theaters later this summer—and Anthem filmgoers will be among the first to see it!
AN INCONSISTENT TRUTH
AN INCONSISTENT TRUTH. Shayne Edwards, director ( 89 minutes). Wednesday, 3pm; Saturday, 10:30 am.
AN INCONSISTENT TRUTH seeks to find the truth about man-made global warming. This is an answer to Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth, but it’s much more than a mere rebuttal. Many films have tapped into Al Gore’s cynical title; this one is the best we’ve seen. The film not only features leading scientific experts on the “skeptic” side of global warming, but it explores the entire culture of the global warming movement, often in a humorous way. Man-on-the-street interviews are particularly entertaining, though unintentionally so! The viewpoint of AN INCONSISTENT TRUTH offers refreshing diversity. And true diversity is diversity of thought.
Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged.Chris Mortensen, director (84 minutes). Thursday, 2:30 pm; Saturday, 1:30 pm.
Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged depicts an America in crisis, brought to her knees by a corrupt establishment of government regulators and businessmen with political pull: “looters” and “moochers” who prey on individual achievement. Sound familiar? AYN RAND & THE PROPHECY OF ATLAS SHRUGGED examines the surging interest in Ayn Rand’s epic and controversial 1957 novel and the ideas and philosophy that inspired and shaped her novel. It seeks to determine whether America is indeed headed for the disastrous outcome Ayn Rand predicted.
Men at Work: Voices from Detroit’s Underground Economy
Men at Work: Voices from Detroit’s Underground Economy. H. James Gilmore, director (59 minutes). Thursday 4:30 pm.
In Detroit, where black men are disproportionally the targets of unemployment and incarceration, MEN AT WORK profiles some of the creative individuals who are finding ways to survive in a time of turmoil, without relying on government handouts or bailouts. This is the inspiring story of how enterprising people find work on their own terms, get food and shelter, and raise their children, within an economic climate apparently designed to ensure their failure — often making up the means to do so as they go along.
Nullification: The Rightful Remedy
Nullification: The Rightful Remedy. Jason Rink, director (72 minutes). Thursday 10:20 am.
NULLIFICATION: THE RIGHTFUL REMEDY is an explosive, information-packed documentary featuring the nation’s top thinkers and activists, including Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Sheriff Richard Mack, Kevin Gutzman, Michael Boldin, and Stewart Rhodes. You will learn the Constitutional basis of nullification, its historical uses in defense of liberty, and how nullification is being used today across the United States. What do we do when the federal government refuses to follow the Constitution? Nullify NOW!
The Afghan Nightmare (Norway)
The Afghan Nightmare (Norway). Klaus Erik Okstad (53 minutes). Friday 10:30 am.
As with other strong films on war, THE AFGHAN NIGHTMARE brings the viewer into close contact with man’s fear. Unlike any other documentary film from the war in Afghanistan, you will understand important aspects of the political, ethnic, and cultural differences that, even after ten years of NATO/UN presence, seem stronger than ever. The story is told as close to the subjects as you can get. Colonel Rune Solberg of Norway is commander of the NATO forces in Faryab province. His task is to make the Afghan forces and provincial authorities ready to take responsibility and stand on their own. His task is formidable; he must act like a soldier, talk like a diplomat, and think like a politician while preparing the often reluctant Afghan forces for leadership.
The Greater Good
The Greater Good. Kendall Nelson and Chris Pilaro, directors. Special Presentation, Palace 3-4-5: Thursday 8 pm; Palace 6-7, Friday 1:30 pm.
Our society has reached a crossroads on vaccines. As new science mounts linking vaccines to a host of chronic ailments including brain damage, auto-immune disease, allergies, and obesity, Americans wonder why vaccine makers have zero liability for their products and how our society got to the point where government officials can tell Americans what to put into their bodies. THE GREATER GOOD asks whether our freedoms are being infringed upon to protect a government program and corporate interests.
Don’t Mess with “Firefly.”
Don’t Mess with “Firefly.”. Ted Balaker, director (7 minutes). Saturday, 9:25 am and 12:55 pm.
When Professor James Miller posted a quotation from the popular science fiction cult classic television series “Firefly” on his office door, campus security forced him to take it down. When he posted another quotation condemning fascism, that was removed as well. DON’T MESS WITH “FIREFLY” is a lighthearted look at the very real problem of campus censorship. The University stood by its actions until FIRE’s advocacy campaign on Miller’s behalf inspired author Neil Gaiman and “Firefly” actors Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin to take to Twitter to encourage their millions of followers to contact the university in support of free speech. Don’t mess with “Firefly” – or its supporters. Or with FIRE, for that matter! This short documentary features an interview with legendary author Neil Gaiman.
Everything is Incredible
Everything is Incredible. Tyler Bastian, Trevor Hill, Tim Skousen, directors (11 minutes). Friday, 9:30 am and 1 pm.
A disabled man named Agustin has been building a helicopter in his home in Honduras for the past 53 years, causing controversy with his family and community. Some wonder if he is crazy. Others see him as inspirational. Some believe he is wasting his time. But for Agustin, the helicopter has become a way to cope with his debilitating polio as he painstakingly crafts the homemade flying machine. He is convinced that his helicopter will fly someday. By the end of this short documentary, you will be convinced, too. EVERYTHING IS INCREDIBLE is a metaphor for the homemade dreams that lift our spirits and make us soar.
Closing Bell. John Ambros, director (5 minutes). Saturday, 9 am and 12:30 pm.
It is October 2008 and as Congress contemplates a 700 billion dollar bailout for the banks, a Wall Street broker must decide where to allocate his money. With just four minutes left until closing bell, his mind begins to drift to the deep rooted problems of the USA’s economic and political structure and what may happen if the country continues its path toward lemon socialism. CLOSING BELL is a fast-paced and driving film that contrasts its protagonist’s eerie calm within the rising panic around him.
evolution. Georg Jungermann, director (12 minutes). Saturday, 9:15 am and 12:45 pm.
As the film begins, Tim tells his girlfriend that there is something in the wardrobe, and she must not open it until he returns. Now she is alone. The story resonates with the myth of Prometheus and Pandora. At heart it is a romantic comedy, offering a playful approach towards life and a declaration of love. But it is also at home in the genre of suspense and thriller. What lurks inside that wardrobe? And what will happen if she lets it out?
Outshot Ltd. Christian Gyllensvard, director (18 minutes). Thursday, 9:30 am and 12:10 pm.
A group of sociopaths gambles on the lives of their desperate counterparts in an intense game involving poisoned shots of whiskey. But when Mr. Bukowski, one of the luckier gamblers, suddenly begins to see the game for the hopelessly evil endeavor it really is, he decides to break free from the dystopia in which he finds himself trapped and attempts to take control of it the only way he knows how…by playing the game himself. OUTSHOT LTD. Is an intense metaphor for the game of life, and perhaps a warning to those who get caught up in the gaming tables in Las Vegas as well.
The Dance. Pardis Parker, director (8 minutes). Friday, 9 am and 12:30 pm.
Alex wants to be what he thinks Jenny wants him to be, but it’s only when he is truly himself that they finally connect. THE DANCE is a comedic love story set to music, starring Pardis Parker (Combat Hospital) and Evany Rosen (Picnicface). This film comes from award-winning writer/director Pardis Parker, whose short films Afghan and Two Men, Two Guns, Two Cows screened at the Anthem Film Festival in 2011.
The Parachute Ball
The Parachute Ball. Peter Boothby, director (21 minutes). Friday, 9:10 am and 12:40 pm.
Two elderly ladies living on a farm in England during World War II are unexpectedly called to duty one night when they discover an unconscious German pilot hanging from his parachute in their tree. Before he can regain consciousness the ladies daringly take him captive, but when his co-pilot comes looking for him a tense battle of wits ensue.
“What actions are justified in the pursuit of freedom, and at what cost?”
The Telegram Man
The Telegram Man. James Khehtie, director (14 minutes). Thursday 10 am and 12:45 pm.
During the long years of World War II, Australia’s small farming communities paid a terrible price. In the rural towns of New South Wales, one family each week discovered that a son or husband or brother or father would not be coming home. In the throes of such grief, one seldom considers the man who delivers the news.
Adapted from a short story by John Boyne, the award-winning author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, THE TELEGRAM MAN tells the story of people in an Australian country town who experience first-hand how war inexorably spreads its tentacles well beyond the battlefield. Here, in the farms and shops and pubs, pain and terror have nothing to do with a hail of bullets. War scars beyond the battlefield.
Trading Life. Christian Doran, director (5 minutes). Thursday 9:50 am and 12:35 pm.
In the gripping short narrative TRADING LIFE, Musda is a young Muslim woman who is desperate to get her family into the country before they die in the refugee camps of a war torn nation. She pays a man, Dalla, to smuggle them across the sea. She has just discovered that they were put on the truck to go to the boat and have been stuck in the truck for the past 5 days, slowly starving to death. With no other option she confronts Dalla in his own restaurant ready to do anything for her dying family. How far will she go when life is all you can trade?
Talks and Panels
"The Vaccine Debate: Health Risk or Health Protector?"
Thursday, 2:30-3:50 pm, Palace 3/4/5
Dr. Julian Whitaker vs Dr. Jonathan Baktar (Leslie Manookien, moderator)
“The Making of ‘2016: Obama’s America.’”
Thursday, 5:45-6:15 pm, Event Center
"Steve McQueen: The King of Cool"
Friday, 9-9:50 am, Palace 1/2
Marc Eliot, Hollywood’s biographer
“NATO’s Role in the Middle East”
Friday, 11:30 am-12:20 pm, Palace 6/7
Tom Palmer, Chris Preble, Ben Friedman, Klaus Erik Okstad
"Liberty in Film"
Friday, 4:00-4:50 pm, Palace 6/7
Gary Alexander, Bob Bowdon, Marc Eliot, Jo Ann Skousen
“Silver Circle: Creating Liberty within our Culture"
Friday, 8:00-8:50 pm, Palace 6/7
Pasha Roberts (director)
"California Dreamin': The Golden Age of Hollywood"
Saturday, 9:00-9:50 am, Bronze 1
Marc Eliot, Hollywood’s biographer
“Atlas Shrugged Part 2 - In Theatres 10-12-12 / A Look at its Production”
Saturday, 4:00-4:50 pm, Palace 6/7
Harmon Kaslow & John Aglialoro, producers