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Newt Gingrich and the Sundance Film Festival

Posted on 01/24/2005 9:23:52 AM PST by Primetimedonna

Can anyone help me find information on whether there is a connection between Newt Gingrich and the Sundance Film Festival? I have a nephew who is an actor who has been telling anyone who will listen that New Gingrich has taken over the board of the Sundance Film Festival (and is being joined by Jerry Falwell). He says that all new filmakers, and any gay themed movies, will be outlawed. According to him this is proof that the Vast Right Wing conspiracy is now trying to take over the Film Industy, just like Roger Ailes and Fox are trying to take over the news media. I'd love to debate him on this, but have unfortunately been unable to get any information on this subject. I had to sit silently on Saturday as he spouted this info as gospel truth at a gathering including Doctors, Judges and others who took his word for it as an expert since he is a working actor in films and TV.

Does anyone have any info on this to help me debate him! Love him dearly but would love to set him straight if this is untrue! Thanks!


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: newtgingrich; sundance

1 posted on 01/24/2005 9:23:54 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: Primetimedonna

Who knew Newt liked movies about gay cowboys eating pudding?


2 posted on 01/24/2005 9:24:48 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: Primetimedonna

Cool if true. Would love to see the same happen in EU. But I guess the EU is headed for the same sad end as the Third Reich. Too atheist for redemption.


3 posted on 01/24/2005 9:27:14 AM PST by seppel
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To: Primetimedonna

Even if this were true (and it sounds too ravingly paranoid to be true), then so what? Makers of the supposedly "objectionable" films could create their own film festival and Sundance would become irrelevant, if those "objectionable" films are such works of art.


4 posted on 01/24/2005 9:27:22 AM PST by kevkrom (If people are free to do as they wish, they are almost certain not to do as Utopian planners wish)
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To: kevkrom

I agree it sounds paranoid and ridiculous, but I would just like the opportunity to debunk it if it's untrue. I live in California and have to listen to enough other nonsense. Would like to at least be able to sya if this is just a ridiculous made up story.


5 posted on 01/24/2005 9:29:18 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: kevkrom

You have to admit though, the lowest ratings ever for the snobfest Golden Globes (hopefully an omen for the oscars) was a nice "we don't care."


6 posted on 01/24/2005 9:29:58 AM PST by 101st-Eagle
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To: Primetimedonna

Newt always struck me as a little effeminate. Maybe he and Redford will be the newest hollywood couple.


7 posted on 01/24/2005 9:30:47 AM PST by pissant
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To: Primetimedonna

Just encourage him. Did you know that I heard Bob Bennett is chairing gay pride week at Disney this year?


8 posted on 01/24/2005 9:31:03 AM PST by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: Primetimedonna

Instead of trying to prove the negative, why don't you have your nephew back up his accusations with some documented facts?

This is a typical liberal trick... make an outlandish statement and then say "prove me wrong".


9 posted on 01/24/2005 9:32:32 AM PST by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: Primetimedonna

I don't know about whether Newt has taken over Sundance, but I just heard that Michael Moore is next in line to be Pope-- does anyone know if this is true?


10 posted on 01/24/2005 9:32:36 AM PST by RobFromGa (Bush Needs to Stay Aggressive in Term 2)
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To: RobFromGa

Okay all! I get the humor, and appreciate it, but I really was just trying to get info. Guess this isn't the right place for that.


11 posted on 01/24/2005 9:34:08 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: Primetimedonna

I just got back from Park City.

The liberals, pro-baby death supporters, and Sodomites have absolutely NOTHING to worry about.

Robert Redford said at the keynote/opening event that the entire focus and theme of Sundance is protest/rebellion/and challenging authority.

It is as anti-American and anti-Christian event as is possible. Conservative viewpoints are not allowed.

John Kerry's daughter was there, however.


12 posted on 01/24/2005 9:34:43 AM PST by Jonathan
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To: Primetimedonna

I believe the market has decided to give Roger Ailes and Fox more influence. He didn't just decide to take over.
Hope your nephew is right! Then we can get some movies that extol Christianity's virtues rather than tear it down all the time.


13 posted on 01/24/2005 9:34:48 AM PST by westmichman (Pray for global warming. (Thank G-D for the red states))
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To: Primetimedonna

If a scumbag Socialist like Shillary can be put on the Board of Directors of different corporations I see no reason whatsoever for Newt to be on the Advisory Board of the Sundance (.......if true).


14 posted on 01/24/2005 9:34:58 AM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Primetimedonna

It's a crock.


15 posted on 01/24/2005 9:35:42 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Primetimedonna
He says that all new filmakers, and any gay themed movies, will be outlawed.

Outlawed? Any filmmaker can make any film they choose and submit it to any festival they choose. If Sundance takes on a righward tilt, the offended filmmakers will just make a new festival. (See Southpark's Second Season and Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls episode) Have you ever used the Search Engine for Yahoo or Google? Find the info that way, if it exists. You and your nephew must wear the same size tinfoil hats.

16 posted on 01/24/2005 9:36:08 AM PST by rabidralph (Congratulations, Pres. Bush and VP Cheney!)
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To: Jonathan

Thanks for you info. Did you by any chance get anything that would list the Board of Directors? I've searched on the internet and been unable to find anything.


17 posted on 01/24/2005 9:36:52 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: Primetimedonna

America is stuffed to the gills with idiot nephews. Mine believed that the draft was being reinstated because someone sent him an email saying it was true.


18 posted on 01/24/2005 9:37:00 AM PST by Califelephant (What's freedom worth?)
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To: Primetimedonna

Bwa-ha-ha-ha. Don't get so testy unless this is a post and run.


19 posted on 01/24/2005 9:37:01 AM PST by westmichman (Pray for global warming. (Thank G-D for the red states))
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To: Primetimedonna

Newt Gingrich wrote at least one sci-fi novel, IIRC. A novel of "alternate history", you know, where the action is set in a time that didn't exist but could have existed.


20 posted on 01/24/2005 9:37:54 AM PST by Atlantic Friend
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To: rabidralph

Robert Redford: "This is perfect. Why didn't we think of it sooner? This town still has some charm left, not the mess we turned Park City into."

Phyllis: "Forgive me for being observant, but, won't we just end up doing the same thing to this town?"

Robert Redford: "Yes. And the town after, and the town after that. Like termites, we will move this film festival from town to town until we have used it up. And then move on, until every quiet mountain town is like Los Angeles."

Phyllis: "Why? Why would we do such a thing?"

Robert Redford: "Because we have to live in L.A. And if we can't live in quiet, simple, peaceful mountain towns, then nobody will! [Laughs maniacally] Waitwaitwait. Zoom in to a close-up of my face when I do that. Ready? Then NOBODY will! [the camera moves in as he laughs maniacally again] That's it."

21 posted on 01/24/2005 9:39:18 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: dfwgator

Don't knock bare-back-pudding-eating until you've tried it.


22 posted on 01/24/2005 9:40:17 AM PST by agooga
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To: rabidralph

"Have you ever used the Search Engine for Yahoo or Google? Find the info that way, if it exists. You and your nephew must wear the same size tinfoil hats."

Yes, I did many searches and was unable to find the info. I had even tried emailing and such and have gotten no replies. Excuse me, but I thought that Freepers were interested in helping each other out. Sorry if I offended your sensibilities. Just trying to inform myself so I can have intelligent conversations with those who spout this kind of info. Tinfoil gives me a rash, so I avoid wearing the hat whenever possible.


23 posted on 01/24/2005 9:41:08 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: Califelephant

America is stuffed to the gills with idiot nephews. Mine believed that the draft was being reinstated because someone sent him an email saying it was true.


My email on the draft came from an idiot niece! Guess my problem is that being in California, I have more than my share of idiot nephews AND nieces! ;)


24 posted on 01/24/2005 9:43:22 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: westmichman

Bwa-ha-ha-ha. Don't get so testy unless this is a post and run

Nope, been a long time lurker and a short time freeper (July) If you look, I do participate, and I do have a sense of humor. it's just that I made the mistake of thinking I could actually ask for assistance. Sorry.


25 posted on 01/24/2005 9:45:40 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: Primetimedonna
Redford Kicks Off Sundance on a Political Note

According to him this is proof that the Vast Right Wing conspiracy is now trying to take over the Film Industy

"Sundance" isn't exactly "the film industry." Maybe I'm wrong, but when I think about "the film industry," I think about the major movie studios and the big, massively expensive films that they bankroll and produce. That is not what Sundance is about -- it exists to showcase the low budget films made by the independents that otherwise might not ever get an audience. So Newt Gingrich is going to control all of those hundreds or thousands of little, independent film makers? Hogwash! Send your nephew a tin-foil hat.

26 posted on 01/24/2005 9:45:43 AM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: RedWhiteBlue

Thank you for actually giving me some info. That article
sure doesn't sound like Redford is giving up control. I
do realize that it's a leap to go from taking over Sundance
to taking over the Film Industry, but here in the Blue
States unfortunately leaping is a cottage industry. Don't need
to give him a tin hat, he's already got quite a collection.

Again, thanks for a serious answer ;)


27 posted on 01/24/2005 9:52:34 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: Primetimedonna
so I can have intelligent conversations with those who spout this kind of info.

I can help you with this one- forget about it. It's been tried before and it never works.

Arguing with a liberal is like wrestling with a pig in mud ... Sooner or later you realize the pig enjoys it!

28 posted on 01/24/2005 9:52:56 AM PST by RobFromGa (Bush Needs to Stay Aggressive in Term 2)
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To: RedWhiteBlue

R. REDFART is an idiot.

Yesterday on Animal Planet they had a show about "Political Animals", y'know, donkey demonrat, elephant repubbie. AT the end they said, whether you're a donkey democrat or elephant repub or some kind of OTHER animal (then showed michael moore) etc....... it was funny.


29 posted on 01/24/2005 9:53:53 AM PST by bicyclerepair (Help I'm surrounded by RATS (S. FL))
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To: Primetimedonna
Excuse me, but I thought that Freepers were interested in helping each other out. Sorry if I offended your sensibilities. Just trying to inform myself so I can have intelligent conversations with those who spout this kind of info.

That isn't info; its pure absurdity. Your fellow FReepers are, not so gently, pointing out that you should be able to spot this obvious lunacy for what it is. You can't find information to disprove it just like you won't find anything on Google to disprove that Ronald Reagan was from the planet Phobos in the N'langium quadrant.

Over-the-top conspiracy theories don't deserve your time to debunk them. They deserve to be at least ignored, and probably ridiculed.

30 posted on 01/24/2005 9:54:43 AM PST by TChris (Most people's capability for inference is severely overestimated)
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To: Primetimedonna

Why don't you just say: "I doubt it is true because you're not providing any proof of your allegation. However, even if it is true, isn't that going to be a good thing for America? 80% of the people don't believe in gay marriage so why should the majority have to put up with unChristian values from the Hollywood elite?


31 posted on 01/24/2005 9:55:54 AM PST by BushisTheMan
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To: TChris

Thanks for the warm and friendly FR welcome!

I realize it sounded absurd, but all I was asking was if anyone could help me find a listing of the Sundance Film Festival Board of Directors, which would be any easy way of debunking this, rational or irrational aside.


32 posted on 01/24/2005 9:59:54 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: Primetimedonna

Try this link - seems to list the staff. http://institute.sundance.org/jsps/site.jsp?resource=pag_ex_about_contact&sk=xxcGU8nU3VfYVEjD


33 posted on 01/24/2005 10:09:27 AM PST by flyingbear (long time lurker)
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To: flyingbear

Thanks!

I'd e-mailed them to ask if there was a separate list of a Board of Directors, and if this was a current list, but didn't get an answer.

Again, many thanks for the help.


34 posted on 01/24/2005 10:13:03 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: Primetimedonna

That's fine. There are lots of jokesters here and they usually are not vicious, just having some fun.


35 posted on 01/24/2005 10:16:22 AM PST by westmichman (Pray for global warming. (Thank G-D for the red states))
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To: Primetimedonna
This is classic lib tinfoil stuff. They do this all the time in my local paper. The goal is to dream up an absolutely ridiculous conspiracy and get it into the public via a semi-credible institution. Preferably, they make them multilayered and very elaborate. They also absolutely love to point out that they have a PhD, graduated from a local school, or served in the Military at some point.

Invariably, someone like myself will be on hand to debunk the myth, at which point they simply insinuate you are too stupid to connect the dots, then proceed to throw out ten more kook theories. A few dedicated people might have to work for hours to debunk these things, and they know that most of us on the right have far better things to do than frisk down kook letters every day. Even if you did, there is no way in hell that a newspaper would print your letter debunking literally hundreds of kook theories, because it'd take thousands of words and would need cited sources to add credibility. In short, your best bet is probably to ignore it. Anyone dumb enough to believe that stuff will be hard to convince. We'll come back to them when all the other folks living within the bell curve have been convinced.

I hadn't heard about the Newt Gingrich kook theory, though. By all means, though, don't stop these folks. It's sad, but it is some of the best proof of the assertations some of us make about libs. Here are a few other "popular" conspiracy theories out there on the nut-fringe, courtesy of various MSM sources:

1. Diebold in Ohio having rigged the vote
2. The UNOCAL pipeline as the true driving force behind the invasion of Afghanistan.
3. The government rigging 9/11
4. Halliburton (anything to do with Halliburton, of course!)

I could go on and on with other ones, but you get the idea. I haven't even scraped off the second layer of the hats of these people!
36 posted on 01/24/2005 10:21:19 AM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Be ever vigilant, for you know not when the master is coming")
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To: Primetimedonna

Gingrich taking over would mean that things would become even more liberal, since he is a faux "conservative."


37 posted on 01/24/2005 10:32:20 AM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: westmichman

Thanks.

I really do love joking, sarcasm, and banter. I'm usually not thin skinned, and come from a long line of Smart A--es. But I really did just want to try to shut my nephew up since he comes across a lot of people, and I'd love to stop him from repeating this drivel if it isn't true.


38 posted on 01/24/2005 10:35:11 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: AZ_Cowboy

Thanks for your post. You're right about not being able to debunk most of the things you read. I was just hoping to have some hard evidence to throw into the mix next time I had to listen to this (it's my nephew's new favorite talking point) to shut him up.


39 posted on 01/24/2005 10:37:37 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: dfwgator

LOL! I have that episode cued up and I'm trying to find the time to watch it.


40 posted on 01/24/2005 11:17:37 AM PST by rabidralph (Congratulations, Pres. Bush and VP Cheney!)
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To: Primetimedonna

You can also check snopes.com but if you use a search engine and can't find a connection between your tinfoil terms then guess what? It probably isn't a real issue. Try to be the peacemaker in your family and just whack your nephew in the head with a cast-iron skillet. That will settle the debate.


41 posted on 01/24/2005 11:20:23 AM PST by rabidralph (Congratulations, Pres. Bush and VP Cheney!)
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To: Primetimedonna

Let that be a lesson to you :-) Heck, you live in SF, just go downtown and ask one of the residents. Better yet, tell them it's true then DU will burn up their bandwidth with a similar thread.


42 posted on 01/24/2005 11:24:21 AM PST by rabidralph (Congratulations, Pres. Bush and VP Cheney!)
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To: dfwgator
Who knew Newt liked movies about gay cowboys eating pudding?

AND exploring their sexuality...

43 posted on 01/24/2005 11:25:39 AM PST by Experiment 6-2-6 (Meega, Nala Kweesta! It appears that SABERTOOTH got himself suspended. Again. ????)
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To: Primetimedonna

It's true. I heard it too. Quick! Get a pair of binoculars, get up on the roof or the highest point around, you don't want to miss it - there will be three wise men coming in from the East within the hour.


44 posted on 01/24/2005 11:31:43 AM PST by Westerby (The strongest supporters of socialized medicine have never experienced its 'benefits'.)
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To: rabidralph

Thanks for the tip on snopes.com. I wasn't familiar with them, and have sent them an inquiry. I figure I'll wait till I hear something, and THEN will show it to my nephew shortly before I hit him on the head with a cast iron skillet.


45 posted on 01/24/2005 11:56:22 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: Westerby

It's true. I heard it too. Quick! Get a pair of binoculars, get up on the roof or the highest point around, you don't want to miss it - there will be three wise men coming in from the East within the hour.


You first....I'll be right behind you....you may not see me since my tin hat makes me invisible, but I'll be there!


46 posted on 01/24/2005 12:00:14 PM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: Primetimedonna
Your nephew sounds like a gem. Could you regale us with a list of the roles he has played or, even better, his resume?

Here is a listing of all the films that are slated to be screened at the film festival. A smorgasbord of liberal ideology, gay characters, porno and conspiracy theories. All Republican contributions will be relegated to a few townies who make a wrong turn and mistakenly wander into the festivities.

http://festival.sundance.org/2005/docs/05sun_FG_films.pdf

47 posted on 01/24/2005 12:56:54 PM PST by CaptainK
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To: CaptainK

Thanks for the info. I'll try the link you gave me.

Actually he's a good kid, and I want to get him the right info before he spreads this around anymore. He actually is a working actor with an agent and everything. He's been in a few movies and commercials, and is in a movie being released in late summer in which he's one of 4 leads. (On the Movie Poster and all!) It's being released by a major distributor and into real theaters and everything. He is currently working on a movie where he is the 2nd lead.

I think he's just repeating what he heard, and I'd really like to let him know it's BS.


48 posted on 01/24/2005 1:24:42 PM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: Primetimedonna
Well let him know that at Free Republic falsehoods and rumors can be, and are, squashed in rapid order. Just ask Dan Rather.
49 posted on 01/24/2005 2:57:03 PM PST by CaptainK
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To: CaptainK

Well let him know that at Free Republic falsehoods and rumors can be, and are, squashed in rapid order. Just ask Dan Rather.

That's what I'm trying to do! Just need some facts.

Thanks


50 posted on 01/24/2005 3:10:40 PM PST by Primetimedonna
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