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Event Date: July 8 - 11, 2015

 

Is There a New American Dream? Libertarian Filmmakers and Filmgoers to Convene in Las Vegas July 8-11

 

“Libertarian films often point out the unintended consequences of government intervention, but they are just as likely to present a protagonist’s personal struggle for self-expression. They show us how to make the world a better place simply by making our own lives better,” festival director Jo Ann Skousen explains.

 

Las Vegas, Nevada, May 29, 2015 - “Discover the New American Dream!” is one of the themes filmgoers will be considering at the Anthem Libertarian Film Festival, held at the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, July 8-11.

 

What makes a film “libertarian”? It’s not about overthrowing the government, and it’s not about the Tea Party.  Libertarian films are about choice, opportunity, and knocking down obstacles.  They demonstrate the power of persuasion over the force of authority.


“Libertarian films often point out the unintended consequences of government intervention, but they are just as likely to present a protagonist’s personal struggle for self-expression. They show us how to make the world a better place simply by making our own lives better,” festival director Jo Ann Skousen explains.
 

  • PlantPure Nation examines ways to secure a happier, healthier future through better nutrition and local produce.

  • Vision: Healing the Blind in Ethiopia shows how something as simple and fundamental as restoring sight to the elderly can increase the quality of life for an entire community.

  • Bitcoin, which won the Grand Jury prize at Amsterdam, explains how the new crypto currency can expand freedom to trade.

  • Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Captain Jack Hall, nominated for an Oscar this season, and Shelter, both show how compassion and purpose can soften the hardest of hearts.

  • Stumped celebrates the power of the human will to overcome the deepest adversity.

Bob Bowdon, director of the award-winning The Cartel, said, “many of the people who run traditional film festivals seem to be ideologically hostile to the concepts of free markets, capitalism and individual liberty, even though it's those very principles which have given our country the wealth to afford creative pursuits such as filmmaking.  Fortunately, those biases against free enterprise do not exist at the Anthem Film Festival – and that’s one reason it's become such a successful event in just a few short years.” 


Many of Anthem’s films this year also caution viewers about threats to personal liberty and private property.

  • Imminent Threat and Police Strike Force highlight the dangers to our liberty from the war on terror abroad and the militarization of the police at home.

  • Farming in Fear chronicles one woman’s battle with local government to run a family farm in rural Virginia.

  • Power’s War tells the little known but powerful story of a family of Arizona prospectors who were gunned down by the law for resisting the draft during the First World War.

“Our short narratives this year are the best yet,” Skousen says. Genres range from sci-fi to comedy to drama.

  • The Cage, Shelter and Helio each offer a different twist on choice, accountability, and escaping Plato’s Cave.

  • When We Meet Again is a suspenseful story that takes us into the multiverse.

  • Junk Girl, an entry from Iran, questions the very existence of free will in a beautifully animated film based on a Tim Burton poem.

  • Where We Go From Here reminds us of corruption in high places when the CIA arranges for a Pakistani journalist to interview Edward Snowden.

  • Wigs is a fun and quirky story about a band of troubadour entertainers who bring history to the streets.

Anthem is part of a larger convention called FreedomFest, billed as "the world's largest gathering of free minds."

 

Admission to the film festival is free to FreedomFest attendees, but FilmLovers Passes and individual film tickets are available ($149 for all access or $49 for one-day). 

 

Festival winners will be announced at the Freedom Fest Banquet Saturday night, July 11.


For a complete list of the films with synopses, trailers, and screening times, visit
www.anthemfilmfestival.com.

 

About Anthem Film Festival:
Now in its fifth year, Anthem, as a libertarian festival,  seeks the best stories and documentaries about individuals who choose their own paths and make things happen for themselves. This year’s films explore new concepts of the American Dream, while also warning of threats to personal liberty. “At Anthem, we believe films have the power to change lives, by changing the way we view the world around us,” Skousen concludes. “We provide entertainment that makes a difference--a difference in the way we think, the way we feel, and the way we act.”

 

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Anthem Film Festival Director Jo Ann Skousen

 

 

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Anthem Film Festival Director Jo Ann Skousen is available for interviews about the festival and the 2015 film selections.
(407) 620-9025,
jskousen@anthemfilmfestival.com

 

Media Contact: Jo Ann Skousen, Founding Director

Email: jskousen@anthemfilmfestival.com

Phone: (407) 620-9025

 

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Las Vegas, Nevada, Event Date: July 8 - 11, 2015

Is There a New American Dream? Libertarian Filmmakers and Filmgoers to Convene in Las Vegas July 8-11

“Discover the New American Dream!” is one of the themes filmgoers will be considering at the Anthem Libertarian Film Festival, held at the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, July 8-11. What makes a film “libertarian”? It’s not about overthrowing the government, and it’s not about the Tea Party.  Libertarian films are about choice, opportunity, and knocking down obstacles.  They demonstrate the power of persuasion over the force of authority. “Libertarian films often point out the unintended consequences of government intervention, but they are just as likely to present a protagonist’s personal struggle for self-expression. They show us how to make the world a better place simply by making our own lives better,” festival director Jo Ann Skousen explains. Admission to the film festival is free to FreedomFest attendees, but FilmLovers Passes and individual film tickets are available ($149 for all access or $49 for one-day). Festival winners will be announced at the Freedom Fest Banquet Saturday night, July 11. For a complete list of the films with synopses, trailers, and screening times, visit www.anthemfilmfestival.com.

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Anthem Libertarian Film Festival

Event Date: July 8 - 11, 2015

Event Location: Sin City Theatre, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV

Admission: $149 for all access or $49 for one-day

Web: www.Freedomfest.com

Contact: Jo Ann Skousen, jskousen@anthemfilmfestival.com, (407) 620-9025

Description: “Discover the New American Dream!” is one of the themes filmgoers will be considering at the Anthem Libertarian Film Festival, held at the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, July 8-11.
What makes a film “libertarian”? It’s not about overthrowing the government, and it’s not about the Tea Party.  Libertarian films are about choice, opportunity, and knocking down obstacles.  They demonstrate the power of persuasion over the force of authority.

 


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