Film Festival: Call of the Entrepreneur

By September 27, 2007Culture and Entertainment

afrfilmbrandlogo.gifAttended the Washington D.C. screening of “The Call of the Entrepreneur” last evening at the E-Street Cinema, the opening film in the American Film Renaissance’s film festival. Good film, extremely well produced by Acton Media, affiliated with the Acton Institute. Overflow crowd.

The film uses three life stories to illustrate the entrepreneurial spirit:

  • Brad Morgan, a struggling Michigan dairy farmer who through hard work and study, trial and error, stubborness and a will to create established a now successful, major composting business.
  • Frank Hanna, a merchant banker in New York City, who finds creative fulfillment in developing the financing that allows others to succeed.
  • Jimmy Lai, who as a youth fled Communist China to Hong Kong, where he worked his way up to run a successful international retail clothing chain. Then, inspired by the Tienamen Square protests and Friedrich von Hayek (!), he became a magazine and newspaper publisher, because information is freedom.
  • The film features Acton’s The Rev. Robert Sirico, author of The Entrepreneurial Vocation, Michael Novak, and George Gilder — articulating a philosophy that melds morality with the entrepreneurial spirit. (More background here.) The Acton Institute promotes the belief that there is something virtuous — and perhaps divine — in the creative drive of the entrepreneur. The film serves as a direct response to the Gordon Gekko credo, “Greed is Good,” and in the post-film discussion, the film’s author, Jay Richards, contrasted its philosophy to Ayn Rand’s. (The challenge was implied in the movie, probably because a direct calling out gets one into the doctrinal wars far too quickly.)

    All in all, a well-done movie, targeted at a college and adult audience, and a tonic for those who tire of business being cast as by definition selfish and greedy.

    Tonight’s featured film is Weirdsville, which appears not to be a documentary.

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