Attended 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:
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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