Dance the state monopoly on education away with the 2018 official “National School Choice Week Dance.” Per the National School Choice Week website, “During NSCW, schools, homeschool groups, organizations and individuals plan tens of thousands of independent events. These celebratory events raise public awareness of the different K-12 education options available to children and families, while spotlighting the benefits of school choice.”
Per PJMedia, “In October, the conservative educational nonprofit Prager University filed a lawsuit against YouTube and its parent company, Google, for ‘intentional’ censorship of conservative speakers. PragerU told PJ Media that after five months, YouTube is still restricting its videos. PragerU will go before a California judge on March 15. ‘There’s one thing we know and that’s that we’re being targeted by YouTube,’ Craig Strazzeri, chief marketing officer at PragerU, told PJ Media.” h/t Instapundit
On December 27, 2017, a young woman in Iran openly removed her hijab, a serious criminal offense against Islamic law, and stood boldly on a platform for all to see. It was a personal declaration of independence and an incredible act of courage, given that such protests are subject to penalties as severe as death. She became known as the “Girl of Enghelab Street.” If ever there was a moment worthy of a statue, this is it. She was arrested, but is believed to have been released under international pressure.
Meanwhile in the West, left-wing women donned hijabs for #WorldHijabDay and took selfies to post to the Internet.
I was stunned by the high quality of Star Trek Continues, a fan-made remake of the original Star Trek series, with new stories but the classic characters of Kirk, Bones, Scotty, Spock, etc. Bear in mind, the actors are amateurs, which comes through at times, but overall the shows are quite good. In this episode, Lolani, a slave girl’s desperate bid to free herself and fellow slaves appears hopeless…or is there hope after all? The series is free on both YouTube and high-quality Vimeo.
The 2018 Anthem Film Festival — the annual screening of the latest libertarian films and documentaries — will be held at the Paris Resort, Las Vegas, July 11-14. It is part of the larger FreedomFest event. You may purchase registration here.
The Anthem Film Festival is currently seeking libertarian films for its 2018 event. “Trophies are awarded for Best Overall, Excellence in Filmmaking, and Best Libertarian Ideals in four categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Narrative, and Short Documentary. We also award a Grand Prize worth $2,500 and a prize for Best Original Score worth $500.” You can learn more about the submission process here.
Not sure if your film would be right for the festival? Check out this list of Anthem Film Festival winners for the years 2011-2017.
Apparently Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead was made into a film in India in 1958. The only copy I can find (on youtube) has no English subtitles. But still, cool that it exists. “‘Surya Toran is the name of a dream. Surya Toran is synonymous to achievement and wonder. Uttam kumar (somnath mukherjee) plays the role of a superb architect.”
If you like a little Second Amendment with your coffee, you’ll like Black Rifle Coffee Company, which patterns itself, politically speaking, as pretty much the dead opposite of Starbucks. BRCC has several film-related jobs open, including film Producer and film Shooter/Editor.
“Do you love politics, memes and montages? Do you want to make viral politics videos to broadcast to our millions of Facebook viewers? Then we have the job for you.The Daily Caller is seeking a whip-smart, lightning-fast video editor who can churn out thousands of hours of entertainment. The job entails managing content on one of the country’s most-read news sites from our Washington, D.C. headquarters.”
“Cato’s paid internships are for undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, law students, and early-career professionals who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace—principles that, taken together, constitute libertarianism, known alternately as ‘classical liberalism,’ ‘market liberalism,’ or, to many of our international friends, just ‘liberalism.’ Most Cato interns work primarily as researchers for our policy scholars. Individual department placements include defense and foreign policy, healthcare policy, constitutional studies, and numerous others. Other interns work in communications-oriented roles, including media relations, external affairs, and video production.”
“Our year-long fellowship program offers media and creative professionals the opportunity to refine their skills while learning about the crucial role of free speech and a free press in our society. You’ll work full time in the industry while taking your experience to the next level with our world-class curriculum. Fellows will work full time for a media outlet or publication during the program.”
“The MPI Hollywood Career Launch Program is a highly competitive internship program that places aspiring directors, producers, and screenwriters in paid positions at prestigious production companies such as NBC Universal, Lionsgate, and Magnolia, to name just a few. These unique, learning-intensive experiences in the entertainment industry enable talented, freedom-oriented filmmakers to launch successful film careers. Throughout the program, interns network with leading professionals, build mentoring relationships, and acquire vital skills. Interns regularly receive offers of full-time employment from their host companies or graduate into other MPI programs. In fact, the majority of former MPI interns find permanent positions in the entertainment industry.”
“Reason has internship opportunities year-round in both the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices. Internships are offered in policy research, journalism, video production and fundraising. Previous interns have gone on to work at such places as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ABC News, Students for Liberty, and Reason itself. Internships run ten weeks full-time and include a stipend; part-time internships can be negotiated. Start and end dates are flexible.”
“Freedom’s back is against the wall, battered by a hostile culture, while its supporters are too focused on arcane policy debates to wield the only tool that can really make a difference — the imagination. Meanwhile, one lone nonprofit, Taliesin Nexus, leads a ragtag team of passionate filmmakers as they strive to make their pro-liberty voices heard…We teach filmmakers of promise by leveraging our network of Hollywood pros to create educational opportunities through various workshops, internships, film labs, and networking events.”
“Our film intern should be excited to work as a grip, gaff, assistant camera operator, digital imaging technician, production assistant, and/or production sound technician, sometimes all at once, for our brand-new in-house production shop. We’re looking for a candidate who’s a dab hand at storytelling through the medium of film. If your dream job is in production, and a chance at on-the-job experience is irresistible, this is probably a good fit. You’ll also help with the day-to-day communications intern tasks.”
After Antifa posted a video of their “self-defense” training class in Chicago, it was so relentlessly mocked they had to take it down. A free-speech advocate anticipated that, recorded it, and added his own commentary.
More anti-gun schlock on the way: Per the New Yorker, “In Winchester, the directors have made a blunt and pissy American political film about the national curse of firearms and the unslaked, violent, destructive anger of the defeated Confederacy. It’s good that Winchester is rated PG-13; for all its metaphysical and mythological fantasy, it’s an educational film—a documentary refracted through the realm of the phantasmagoric.”
The trailer for Incredibles 2 is out. As you may recall, the original Incredibles had a Randian vibe that several reviewers took note of. As the Houston Press put it, “the whole thing is really just a cartoonish representation of the ideas put forward in Atlas Shrugged.” Incredibles 2, will pick up right where the previous film left off, and is scheduled to hit the theaters on June 15th, 2018.