Skip to comments.The Right Stuff: [Washington Post rates Liberty Film Festival "GOP", Free Republic mentioned]
Posted on 10/03/2004 11:54:32 PM PDT by RonDog
The Right Stuff Billed as the first conservative film festival in Hollywood, the three-day affair showcased comic shorts, one about the "ultimate minority" in Tinseltown ("Greg Wolfe: Republican Jew"), an epic homage to Ronald Reagan and his battle against Soviet communism ("In the Face of Evil") and a snappy doc on tart-tongued commentator Ann Coulter ("Is It True What They Say About Ann?"), in which Coulter signs the T-shirt of a leftie college student with the words "Have fun in Guantanamo!"
In Hollywood, a Film Festival That's Rated GOP
By William Booth
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 4, 2004; Page C01
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Ron Smith, an activist with the conservative Web site Freerepublic.com, sat for the whole festival in the front row. "I'll give this to Michael Moore," he says. "He created a chain reaction. We have to thank him for that." He agreed that the anti-Moore, pro-Bush films were slow out of the gates, "but I'll tell you, this is just the beginning. We've got the Internet and talk radio and now we've got films. This is just a dry run. It'll be better next time around."
For more information on the films screened, go to www.libertyfilmfestival.com.
Billed as the first conservative film festival in Hollywood, the three-day affair showcased comic shorts, one about the "ultimate minority" in Tinseltown ("Greg Wolfe: Republican Jew"), an epic homage to Ronald Reagan and his battle against Soviet communism ("In the Face of Evil") and a snappy doc on tart-tongued commentator Ann Coulter ("Is It True What They Say About Ann?"), in which Coulter signs the T-shirt of a leftie college student with the words "Have fun in Guantanamo!"
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
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RonDog...and MANY MORE who I did not see, or do not now remember...
doug from upland
Doctor ZIn (and Mrs. Doctor ZIn)
This EXTRAORDINARILY SUCCESSFUL first annual Liberty Film Festival was created by......the AMAZIBG husband/wife team of Jason Apuzzo and Govindini Murty:
Writer-Director Jason Apuzzo recently finished his debut feature, the film noir thriller Terminal Island . Jason was mentored in this project by Irvin Kershner (dir., Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back ). Jason graduated from the USC School of Cinema-TV in 2001 with an MFA in Production. Jason's USC thesis short, San Pedro, is the most watched student short on the internet over the last three years. Jason's mentor at USC was ©Academy Award winning sound engineer Tom Holman, inventor of the THX sound system. Prior to USC, Jason received his Ph.D. in Germanic Literature from Stanford University , and a BA in Philosophy from Yale University . While at Yale, Jason founded The Yale Free Press , one of the nation's first conservative college newspapers, and was elected Speaker of the Yale Political Union.
Actress/Writer Govindini Murty came to the US to attend Yale University , where she received a BA in East Asian Studies. While at Yale, Govindini served as Chair of the Women's Caucus of the Yale Political Union, Vice-Chair of the Independent Party, and columnist for the Yale Daily News . Govindini recently acted in, co-wrote and executive produced the independent feature Terminal Island with her husband, Jason Apuzzo. She's also a film columnist for HollywoodRepublicans.com, and will be featured as a guest critic on AMC's The Movie Club (pilot). Govindini has been mentored in her film criticism career by Michael Medved. She's otherwise worked in film, TV, commercials and theater in Vancouver and Los Angeles . She played numerous roles as a member of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company, won a Best Actress Award for her role as Margot in Dial M for Murder, and has written eight screenplays.
Contact Festival Co-Directors Jason Apuzzo or Govindini Murty at:
Ron Smith, an activist with the conservative Web site Freerepublic.com, sat for the whole festival in the front row. "I'll give this to Michael Moore," he says. "He created a chain reaction. We have to thank him for that." He agreed that the anti-Moore, pro-Bush films were slow out of the gates, "but I'll tell you, this is just the beginning. We've got the Internet and talk radio and now we've got films. This is just a dry run. It'll be better next time around."That quote was fairly accurate; the incoherence was MINE, not the WaPo reporter's. :o)
What I **wanted** to communicate was the analysis by Andrew Breitbart (from "Michael Moore Hates America") about how the release of Fahrenheit 9/11 energized so many conservative film-makers.I will post more LATER - after some much-needed sleep. :o)
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Ann Coulter, Protest Warriors, Charlton Heston, Reagan, Iraq:
LIBERTY FILM FESTIVAL (Oct. 1-3)
www.LibertyFilmFestival.com ^ | September 26, 2004 | RonDog [and FRiends]
Posted on 09/26/2004 9:34:55 AM PDT by RonDog
LIBERTY FILM FESTIVAL!
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
October 1, 2 & 3
Put your MONEY where your HEART is...
...and support these CONSERVATIVE films!!!
Please JOIN US for ONE (or ALL) of these thirteen (13)
separate film events, all shown in the EXTRAORDINARY
Pacific Design Center (a.k.a. "the blue whale")
8687 Melrose Avenue - 2nd floor Center Green
West Hollywood , CA 90069
All tickets and passes are non-refundable, and must be purchased online in advance.
Please bring your on-line ticket receipt to the check-in desk in front of the Silver Screen Theatre lobby
fifteen minutes before the event begins, in order to receive your event ticket or pass.
Please arrive early, as no late entries will be permitted once the event has begun.
Full Festival Pass: $105Individual Tickets $10.50-$15.50
Tickets will NOT be sold ON-SITE!
Tickets are ONLY available ONLINE, at:
Parking: $6.00 per vehicle - pay upon arrival Please note: No food or drink, except for bottled water, is allowed inside the SilverScreen Theatre.
friday, October 1, 2004
EVENT 1 6:00 PM Greg Wolfe: Republican Jew Comic Short by Greg Wolfe 6:10 PM Festival Greeting by Jason Apuzzo & Govindini Murty 6:15 PM
Sponsor's Introduction by Paul Harberger, Foundation for Free Markets
6:20 PM Special Guest Introduction 6:30 PM The Clinton Legacy Comic Short by Evan Maloney, Brain-Terminal.com 6:40 PM
"In the Face of Evil" Documentary Screening WEST COAST PREMIERE
Epic documentary chronicles Ronald Reagan's forty-year struggle against communism - in light of America's present confrontation with Islamic Fascism.
8:30 PM Q&A with Writer/Director Steve Bannon
8:45 PM Break
EVENT 1A 9:00 PM
"Celsius 41.11" Documentary Screening WORLD PREMIERE
A powerful documentary response to the lies behind Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11."
10:15 PM Q&A with Writer/Producer Lionel Chetwynd
saturday, October 2, 2004
EVENT 3 9:00 AM
Conservative Filmmaking 101 Seminar with Victor Elizalde (Sony Pictures); James Glennon, A.S.C.; Jason Apuzzo & Govindini Murty ( Terminal Island )
A nuts-and-bolts seminar on low-budget digital moviemaking, with practical advice on how to get around development hell' in liberal Hollywood.
10:10 AM Peace Out Short by Evan Maloney of Brain-Terminal.com 10:25 AM
Short TBA from Kfir Alfia of ProtestWarrior.com
Watch America 's rowdiest young filmmakers as they take to the streets against the lunatic left! See how un-peaceful peace' marchers can be! Visit the Protest Warriors here.
10:55 AM Q&A with Evan Maloney, Kfir Alfia 11:05 AM
Is It True What They Say About Ann? Documentary Screening WEST COAST PREMIERE
Filmmakers Elinor Burkett and Patrick Wright take you behind the scenes with the reigning diva of the right, the controversial and hilarious Ann Coulter. Watch clips here.
11:45 AM Q&A with Filmmaker Patrick Wright
11:55 AM Lunch Break
Here is a picture of Ann that you may not have seen before, from www.anncoulterdoc.com:
Saddam/WMD Iraq documentary, Frank Gaffney, Victor Davis Hansen:
LIBERTY FILM FESTIVAL (Oct.1-3)
www.LibertyFilmFestival.com ^ | September 29, 2004 | RonDog [and FRiends]
Posted on 09/29/2004 7:19:06 AM PDT by RonDog
saturday, October 2, 2004
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EVENT 4 12:30 PM
WEST COAST PREMIERE
(preceded by Brain-Terminal.com Short)
Roger Aronoff's groundbreaking documentary sets the record straight on the Iraq War. Featuring Christopher Hitchens, James Woolsey, Bernard Lewis, Victor Davis Hanson and Frank Gaffney. Learn more here.
2:05 PM Confronting Iraq Q&A with Filmmaker Roger Aronoff, Accuracy in Media
2:15 PM Break
EVENT 5 2:30 PM
WMD: The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein
Explosive, never-before-seen footage of Saddam's atrocities - and interviews with survivors - provide a riveting testimony for the justification of war and the need for continued US support during reconstruction. From famed Kurdish/Iraqi director Jano Rosebiani. Watch the trailer here.
4:00 PM WMD Filmmaker Q&A
You rock, RonDog! Front and center for the New Revolution!
Bump to the CA Freepers!
See also, from the Assocaited Press:
Conservative Liberty Film Festival comes to mostly liberal West Hollywood
The Associated Press
October 03, 2004
Liberal West Hollywood is a city of firsts: First in the nation to provide health insurance to gay and lesbian partners of city employees. First to publicly support a woman's right to an abortion.
The city was even the first to criminalize the declawing of cats.
But West Hollywood can now add another first to those liberal accomplishments: site of the state's first conservative film festival, according to organizers of the Liberty Film Festival.
"There is a hunger for and a marketplace for people with conservative opinions," said Jason Apuzzo, a director who helped organize the three-day event.
Apuzzo's film "Terminal Island" was shown Saturday. In one scene, a young man pleads for his life as he is about to be strangled by a hooded terrorist.
"I'm a liberal, I'm your friend, I'm here to help you," the victim tells his attacker. "You'll never make it in this town without me."
One film profiled conservative pundit Ann Coulter. Another showed pro-peace advocates using less than peaceful language during a demonstration.
And there were several documentaries about Iraq, including one that took Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" to task.
In fact, the liberal Moore received a good bit of attention at the conservative film festival, the mere mentioning of his name provoking rounds of boos.
Cheers erupted at the mention of President Bush's name.
Liberal bashing aside, several people at the festival said they just wanted the chance to see films that they believe address the values of real Americans and the lives they lead.
"I'm personally exhausted by all the remakes, the sequels and the comic book movies while the war on terror - the pre-eminent event of our times - is undiscussed," said Apuzzo. "I think it's not healthy."
Films Seek to Counterbalance Liberal Fare
Several hundred people attend screenings and discussions as part of the Liberty Film Festival, billed as the first to cater to conservatives.
By Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
In a scene from a movie called "Terminal Island," a young man is being strangled by a hooded terrorist.
The man pleads for his life, saying, "I'm a liberal, I'm your friend, I'm here to help you. You'll never make it in this town without me."
The film, a thriller, was shown Saturday in West Hollywood as part of the three-day Liberty Film Festival, billed as the first to cater to conservatives...
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...The festival included a short featuring antiwar protesters using less than peaceful language, a behind-the-scenes film on conservative pundit Ann Coulter and several documentaries about Iraq, with one aimed at debunking Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11."
The mention of Moore's name usually prompted a round of good-natured boos from the crowd of several hundred. Any mention of President Bush generated cheers, even when it came during a movie.
But often the festival was just as much a symposium on how to get a film produced. And even those who reviled Moore said the financial success of his documentary showed there is a huge appetite among filmgoers for political fare.
Another issue was values; many audience members said they believed that Hollywood movies no longer reflected real people and the lives they lead.
Instead, some attendees complained, the entertainment industry serves up heaps of gratuitous sex and violence.
Among today's screenings at the Pacific Design Center is a film titled "Brainwashing 101," described in the program as a "frightening, funny, behind-the-scenes account of how today's colleges have become left-wing indoctrination centers."
Wow, classy and bueatiful.
That is Beautiful. sorry
Wow, classy and beautiful.You got THAT right!
IMHO, Govindini Murty will soon be joining Ann Coulter as one of Free Republic's FAVORITE articulate, intelligent (and, of course, GORGEOUS) conservative women:But, sorry guys: like Michelle Malkin, Govindini is happily MARRIED. :o)
Not a documentary, but a feature film.
Jason Apuzzo shows stylish flair as a director that bellies the limitations of his shockingly modest budget. The camera work, editing, and inventive touches suggest considerable savvy and unexpected wit on the part of an able and ambitious filmmaker.
Govindini Murty displays undeniable star power. From every angle, in every mood, the camera loves her and she glows on the screen She possesses the sort of exotic and potent appeal combined with unmistakable intelligence that should guarantee spectacular success. -Michael Medved
View the trailer click on the image!
What am I? Chopped liver! NRA_Lifer_RC and I were one seat away from you in the first row.
Gettin'old, memory goin' (Just kidding, it was a fun but
LIBERTY FILM FESTIVAL PANEL DISCUSSION -
Morgan Brittany taught lesson about abortion
dfu on the scene | 10-4-04 | doug from upland
Posted on 10/04/2004 7:19:52 AM PDT by doug from upland
Among the anecdotes from the three-day LIBERTY FILM FESTIVAL you are not likely to hear in the mainstream media involved the beautiful actress Morgan Brittany. The good news for her fans is that Brittany is beautiful on the inside, too.
During a panel discussion entitled "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again," Brittany told the story of a young woman of about 20 who was working on the set on one of Brittany's projects. They talked about pro-life and pro-choice. Brittany asked about her position, and the young woman said she was pro-choice and it's her body. She was for abortion, even partial birth abortion.
Brittany, who is always ready to teach her values, asked the girl if she really knew what abortion was. She said yes. Then Brittany asked her if she knew what partial birth abortion was. Again, she answered yes. But when Brittany asked her to tell her what it was, she couldn't.
Then came the lesson. The girl was in disbelief when Brittany explained what was done to a baby as it was being delivered. The girl was shocked, saying "No way...that would be like...murder." Duh.
This is but one example of young people in our society in general and in Hollywood in particular who are leftists and abortion supporters because of the herd mentality. Brittany explained it as group think and people in Hollywood wanting to believe in what was cool at the time. They know some key words and just believe in the agenda without giving it much thought.
When confronted with the gruesome facts, the basic humanity of the girl came into play. She was right. That would be like...murder.
Keep teaching the lessons, Morgan.
I was VERY TIRED last night when I posted this thread......and am CERTAIN to have missed acknowledging many other FReepers who were at this historic (and LONG!) event.
All OTHER FReepers who were at this film festival, please report in!
What did YOU think?
Conservative Filmmaking 101: Seminar
The Conservative Filmmaking 101 seminar featured filmmakers Govindini Murty and Jason Apuzzo, organizers of the Festival, James Glennon ASC and Victor Elizalde of Sony Pictures.
Govindini, who I will abbreviate as G from now on, is the charming star of Terminal Island, a conservatively-themed film noir that takes on the war on terror as a theme. Judging by the trailer, it has some very stylish shots and a nice dash of humour, but my interest in it was pretty low due to the level of violence that existed. That's just personal taste and I'm sure a lot of us would enjoy the film. It's impossible for us to argue against the idea of a war on terror themed film, since it's the major political issue of our lives, and yet the majors have ignored it completely. This was mentioned by G with her forceful Italanite flair, and that leads us very nicely into ...
Victor Elzilde of Sony pictures. He was there to tell us the nuts and bolts inner workings of a studio, and he succeeded to a point. I'm satisfied that he was sincere in his convictions and beliefs, but he left out important components of the story.
He started with the theme that the producers of films are responsible to their shareholders for the performance of their productions. As a result, there is a huge bias against risk, and so Finding Nemo 2 is almost guaranteed to be made, while films that might be much better will be left unapproved.
He then mentioned that the film industry has rules. If you conform to their required structure, you will be more likely to have a film approved than if you don't. He emphasized that if you're a Stanley Kubrick, you can ignore this rule and make what you want, since someone of your talent WILL be discovered. But for most people, it would be easier if, for example, your movie was two hours or less -- easy to show in theaters, easy to fit on a DVD, and even easy to get on television with its rigid schedules. For some reason he never got around to mentioning any other rules (at least not that I remember). I would have liked to have heard some more guidelines, since I know that even if I was as brilliant as Kubrick, I'd still want to make it as easy as possible for someone to green-light my film.
He told us that there are two types of executives: Creative executives, who come up with ideas to produce, and finance executives, who focus solely on nuts and bolts. He was a finance executive, so of course he focused on the nuts and bolts end. He fervently insisted that there was no bias.
G said that he was flat-out wrong, that there was a ton of evidence just in the way she was able to shop around her film.
I think both people are right. We're talking to the wrong people here; itt sounded to me like he was talking about him and his fellow finance executives; the creative executives are the people who are coming up with ideas, and it seems to me that it's there where conservative themes get killed. So when G has meetings with creative executives, well, you know what happens.
Concerning the nuts and bolts of filmmaking, G had some excellent ideas that are well worth sharing...
How was the turnout for the festival, Ron? Most of the films were shown during our holiday of Sukkos and Shabbos so I couldn't come.
Tickets just went on sale TWO WEEKS AGO, and many of the films were in their final edit stages up until the LAST MINUTE.Several of the events were completely SOLD OUT, but ALL of the films were POWERFUL, and the response was INTENSE.
Hey I was there, too! LOL!
The turnout for Michael Moore Hates America was great. All but two or three seats were taken and what I found interesting was the cross-section of Americans that were there. Perhaps because it was in West Hollywood but it was truly a melting pot when you looked around the room.
Great publicity for the Dog!
(Liberty Film Festival) MOVIE REVIEW: In the Face of Evil
dfu on the scene | 10-4-04 | Doug from Upland
Posted on 10/04/2004 3:23:47 PM PDT by doug from upland
MOVIE REVIEW: IN THE FACE OF EVIL
Doug from Upland, FreeRepublic.com
Oct. 4, 2004
The Liberty Film Festival was a remarkable event held in West Hollywood, the backyard of the liberal elite. Experienced and new producers provided entertainment for an activist and very eager conservative audience. It is the audience that Hollywood has not only disregarded, but also insulted.
One of the standout movies of the weekend was IN THE FACE OF EVIL. For those on the left who have denigrated and mocked Ronald Reagan, this epic documentary is the answer that sets the record straight. Steve Bannons work is destined to be remembered as the definitive work on the man whose 45-year mission was to destroy the greatest evil of the 20th Century...
Besides the film itself, I really enjoyed the friendly emvironment of a room filled with like-minded people.
(Liberty Film Festival)
MOVIE REVIEW - WMD: THE MURDEROUS REIGN OF SADDAM HUSSEIN
Doug from Upland, FreeRepublic | 10-7-04 | Doug from Upland
Posted on 10/07/2004 8:18:26 PM PDT by doug from upland
WMD: THE MURDEROUS REIGN OF SADDAM HUSSEIN
Brad Maaske/Jano Rosebiani
Perhaps the most powerful and emotional film at the recent Liberty Film Festival in West Hollywood, California was WMD: THE MURDEROUS REIGN OF SADDAM HUSSEIN.
Filmmakers Brad Maaske and Kurdish/American Jano Rosebiani have provided the world with long overdue heart-wrenching visual evidence that millions of human beings were living a literal hell on earth. How ironic. Hell in the Cradle of Civilization.
Men, women, and children were beaten, tortured, gassed, imprisoned, and murdered in unspeakable ways. Tens of thousands simply disappeared and were never seen by their families again. Those who survived live with incomprehensible physical and/or mental anguish.
The death of innocents may total as high 1.3 million. While the United Nations supervised the notorious Oil for Food program, criminals and thugs made millions of dollars. As many as 3 million children died because of lack of food, medicine, and medical care. The world did not do that. The United States did not do that. Saddam Hussein did that. He kept perhaps $10 billion dollars for himself while letting the children die.
Rosebiani provided footage from Iraq possessed by no other filmmaker in the world. The voiceovers were not even necessary. We could look into peoples eyes and souls and feel what they were saying.
Let the sanctions work? Let the sanctions work? Are you kidding? No one who watches this film will again tolerate those who tell them that the sanctions were working. Sorry, that it ludicrous and insulting.
God bless America and its allies. They are not the coerced or bribed as a particular disingenuous presidential candidate calls them. God bless those dedicated brave men and women who continue to confront evil in Iraq. Bribed and coerced? Not on your life. They are heroes.
There are no finer heroes in the world than the Americans who volunteered, left comfort at home, and risk their lives everyday so that others may enjoy the freedom that too many of us take for granted. They are in both military gear and civilian clothing.
After 12 years and 17 resolutions, Hussein was still playing games with the world. Victor Davis Hanson provided remarkable insight about the United Nations and why it is incapable of solving any of the worlds problems. Their goal appears to be little more than trying to attack, embarrass, and humiliate the United States. China is on the Security Council. Syria and Libya are on particular human rights committees. There is something very wrong with that picture.
Operation Iraqi Freedom indeed shocked and awed the world. In less than three weeks, Baghdad was taken. It was the greatest modern military marvel.
WMD contains a great deal of powerful footage from September 11, 2001. Only a short three years later, far too many Americans seem to have forgotten. They seem not to realize that we are in a world war that will likely continue for a very long time. It is almost painful to watch some of the man on the street interviews in which those who loathe our president are staggeringly ignorant of history and world affairs. For those who refer to our president as a Nazi, I ask you, what word is left for Hitler? What word do you use for the real Nazis?
If anyone did not shed a tear at the end of the film when the story of a soldier named Daniel Unger was told, they are without feelings. Unger was from Maaskes hometown of Exeter, California. His heroic actions saved Iraqi lives but cost him his own. Ungers parents are devastated but spoke on camera and exhibited a rare courage and pride for what their son had done. Knowing their son, they would have been shocked if he had been anything other than a hero.
WMD: THE MURDEROUS REIGN OF SADDAM HUSSEIN must be seen by those who question why we went to war in Iraq. It might not change the minds of the most rabid Bush haters who are filled with hate because of their political agenda, but it will change the hearts and minds of those who have hearts and minds.
Anti-Moore movie "Weapon of Mass Destruction" opens in TEXAS (10/22/04)
Mesquite and Houston
www.WMD-themovie.com ^ | October 12, 2004 | RonDog [and FRiends]
Posted on 10/12/2004 6:22:06 PM PDT by RonDog
Start Date: 10/22/04
Start Date: 10/22/04
Liberty Film Festival Opens in L.A. - featuring Ron Silver, Evan Maloney - and FReeper AnnaZ!
Posted by RonDog
On News/Activism 10/12/2005 2:20:08 PM PDT · 23 replies · 365+ views
www.NewsMax.com ^ | October 12, 2006 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff