Oscar Schindler, memorialized in the 1993 film Schindler’s List, was born on April 28th, 1908. His powerful story, extraordinarily well-told by Steven Spielberg, so impressed critics that it won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The following is a list of training and grants available to libertarians interested in filmmaking, screenwriting, video production, etc.
Are you a libertarian filmmaker? Would a $10K grant and professional coaching help you finally get that film you’ve been working on off the ground? Then this may be your big break. Taliesin Nexus, “a network of film and television producers, screenwriters, and directors who share a passion for a free society,” is taking applications for this year’s Liberty Lab for Film.
Per their website: “The Liberty Lab for Film (or LLF) is an advanced program for those who have filmmaking, screenwriting, producing experience and want an opportunity to work alongside like-minded creatives with the guidance of seasoned professionals. If you and your treatment are selected, you will receive a grant for $10,000 to make your short film or web-series and be paired with an established industry professional who will mentor you through a 100 day development process. You and your team will then head into production and through to post-production, where at the conclusion, we will host a gala showcase screening where your film will premiere along with your fellow LLF participants’ projects.” Apply here.
“The Apollo Workshop: Storytelling in Film & Television is a weekend conference connecting 25 talented aspiring filmmakers with 25 members of our faculty of Hollywood screenwriters, producers, executives and talent representatives. It will take place in August, 2017 at Taliesin Nexus’ headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, CA. This weekend-long workshop is completely free of charge – free tuition, free room and board. Travel stipends are also available to those attending from outside of southern California. The Apollo Workshop offers training in two critical areas of a successful career in entertainment: Storytelling Development and Career Development. Apply here.
Have you seen a libertarian film lately? Somewhere along the way, the Moving Picture Institute (MPI) may have had a hand in it. MPI supports libertarian filmmakers in numerous ways, from training to internships to financial support. “The Moving Picture Institute produces and promotes films that make an impact on people’s understanding of individual rights, limited government, and free markets, and supports freedom-oriented filmmakers at every phase of their careers.” More information here. Opportunities include:
Film production and promotion
“MPI provides grant support for high-quality, pro-freedom films, at all stages of development, production, and distribution. MPI works with existing projects, in addition to creating its own original content.”
“MPI provides fellowship grants to support the career development of filmmakers who are committed to telling stories about freedom. This program also provides valuable mentorship and networking opportunities.”
Hollywood career launch
“MPI places students and recent graduates in paid internship positions at production companies. Interns gain hands-on work experience, mentorship, skills training, and networking opportunities.”
“MPI fiscally sponsors films that advance our mission of promoting freedom through film. Films in this program may benefit from tax-exempt donations and assistance with crowd funding on Indiegogo and Kickstarter.”
“MPI staff give screenwriters valuable instruction and feedback in this collaborative, seminar-style workshop. Each participant submits an active project for peer review, and benefits from other workshop members’ critiques.”
“MPI provides guidance and grants to support original comedic works, and to advance the careers of those promoting freedom through humor. MPI also develops its own comedic content through this project.”
“We invite think tanks, both U.S. and international, to apply for the Lights, Camera, Liberty! grant and training program. This program offers a year of workshops, on-site training, equipment and technology support, and a film festival competition for organizations committed to more effectively sharing the freedom message with key audiences through online video.”
“This Essay examines what the Harry Potter series (and particularly the most recent book, The Half-Blood Prince) tells us about government and bureaucracy. There are two short answers. The first is that Rowling presents a government (The Ministry of Magic) that is 100% bureaucracy…Second, government is controlled by and for the benefit of the self-interested bureaucrat.”
Yeonmi Park, a refugee from North Korea, gave a speech at the One Young World Summit in 2014. She spoke from the heart about her experience under communism, in so simple and touching a manner that her speech has been shared on social media over and over again in subsequent years. According to Wikipedia, total views have reach 80 million…so far.
“There are definitely movies that I can’t be in because the Chinese will say, ‘Not with him,’ Richard told The Hollywood Reporter. ‘I recently had an episode where someone said they could not finance a film with me because it would upset the Chinese’…China’s disdain for Richard stems from the 67-year-old’s political remarks at the 1993 Academy Awards.” The Chinese film market is now second in size to that of the US.
The following job opportunities are currently listed on the sites referenced below. Additional libertarian jobs may be found here.
“The Texas Public Policy Foundation seeks an Associate Filmmaker and Editor to help tell the story of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, its work, its people, and its mission to a statewide, national, and international audience. For over a quarter-century, the Foundation has sought to defend liberty in the Lone Star State — and to make its lessons available and applicable to the rest of the country. This position, part of our top-flight Communications team, will play a critical role in ensuring that our achievements and our principles are available and accessible to any American with a television or Internet connection.”
“The American Enterprise Institute is seeking a video editor to play an integral role within the communications department, translating research from top policy experts into digestible online video for a wide range of audiences. The video editor will collaborate with producers and other editors during all phases of production to help create more compelling and engaging content for our well-established YouTube channel and other platforms. All applicants must be well-versed in the Adobe Creative Suite, with a strong focus on After Effects, Premiere, and Photoshop within a Mac environment. The ideal candidate should have an exceptional eye for graphic design; the ability to create complex motion graphics and animations to complement AEI’s research is vital. Must have a firm understanding of various compression formats and impeccable organizational skills to maintain video archives and digital files.”
“The Heritage Foundation’s Media Production Coordinator is responsible for video production, coordinating interviews, and assists with other multimedia projects, including podcasts, photo research, livestreaming, and interactive content. The Media Production Coordinator ensures that video projects produced for The Heritage Foundation and its multimedia news outlet, The Daily Signal, meet editorial and branding standards and tell compelling and distinctive stories.”
Have you seen a libertarian film lately? Somewhere along the way, the Moving Picture Institute (MPI) may have had a hand in it. MPI supports libertarian filmmakers in numerous ways, from training to internships to financial support. “The Moving Picture Institute produces and promotes films that make an impact on people’s understanding of individual rights, limited government, and free markets, and supports freedom-oriented filmmakers at every phase of their careers.” Want to help? Right now, MPI has two positions available:
Director of Major Gifts (Remote Office)
“Responsible for cultivating donors and securing major gifts from individuals and foundations. While there is a small office established in Los Angeles, California, most of the employees at our client organization work in their home office, remote to one another.”
Talent Outreach Coordinator (Remote Office/LA Preferred)
“Identify and attract new filmmakers and film projects to the MPI fold, act as a liaison with existing MPI filmmakers, and assist with educational endeavors, such as classes and seminars.”
“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. Currently – we are looking to fill these positions in our Los Angeles office:”
Don’t judge The Promise by it’s online ratings. The film, which tells the story of the Armenian Holocaust, is getting trolled in a big way by deniers, possibly backed by the Turkish government. Per the Washington Post, “The Promise doesn’t officially open in theaters until Friday. But on IMDb, a website where people can rate movies, the film has received more than 120,000 ratings — nearly 62,000 of them the lowest: one-star.” Historians say that as many as 1.5 million Armenians were murdered by the Turkish government, but the latter has organized a concerted effort to deny that. This is the first major film to break through the stonewalling.
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a documentary about Jane Jacobs, a journalist who discovered spontaneous order in city development — and who fought to a standstill NYC’s vision of a bulldozed, centrally-planned urban landscape. About her the Mises Institute wrote: “The conclusions she reached…were remarkably similar to those Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek had reached earlier by different routes. A city is, at base, a marketplace. It is a spontaneous order. It cannot be planned. The people who try to plan cities have failed above all because they have not comprehended the way the spontaneous order of cities works.”
“The Promise, the grandest big-screen portrayal ever made about the mass killings of Armenians during World War I, has been rated by more than 111,300 people on IMDb — a remarkable total considering it doesn’t open in theaters until Friday and has thus far been screened only a handful of times publicly.” It seems the film is getting trolled, and in more ways than one.
“Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga’s political drama Santa y Andres has been yanked from competition at the 18th Havana Film Festival New York, which runs from March 30 to April 7…The festival bowed to pressure from Cuban Film Institute, ICAIC.”
Deadline has published an account of the little-known back story of The Interview, a film that mocks the North Korean government. It seems that the traditional mega-companies who normally distribute such films balked at showing it for fear of getting cyber-attached by North Korea. Per Deadline, “an effort by smaller companies that acted quickly, somewhat bravely, and often in response to the personal conviction of principals who were offended by the notion that North Korea might actually curtail free expression [saved the day].”