Welcome to D.C., American Film Renaissance

By October 16, 2007Culture and Entertainment

The Weekly Standard profiles the American Film Renaissance this issue, a piece entitled, “The Right Stuff.” AFR is the film festival and development shop that promotes movies that embrace the virtues of free enterprise, individual initiative and responsibility. (We’ve written about them here and here and here.)

“Our mission, really, is to bring Hollywood back in touch with the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of the American people,” says Jim Hubbard, who, along with his wife Ellen, heads the American Film Renaissance (AFR), a small outfit looking to make a big impact on the world of film. AFR has been hosting film festivals across the country since 2004, but the Hubbards hope to set up permanent shop in Washington and push the festival into the mainstream. Jim Hubbard says he wants the name recognition of a Sundance or a Cannes while maintaining the political sensibility of Middle America.

His philosophy is pretty simple. “First and foremost, you’ve got to entertain. You’ve got to be a skilled artist. And if you don’t do that, you’re going to hurt the side that you profess to want to help.” The 2007 American Film Renaissance kicked off at Washington’s E Street Cinema to a standing-room-only crowd with a short documentary on eminent domain starring Drew Carey. The main attraction, though, was a feature made by the Acton Institute, The Call of the Entrepreneur. The movie is essentially an hour-long infomercial for capitalism, but it fits Hubbard’s prescription to a T. Shot in pristine high definition, The Call of the Entrepreneur was alternately funny, moving, and educational.

We plan to have the film’s executive producer, Jay Richards of the Acton Institute, on our weekly radio program, “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick,” sometime soon.

The Standard’s Sonny Bunch reports that the Hubbards are setting up shop in D.C. with the goal of expanding AFR’s reach. Welcome to town and good luck.

In other capitalist and Drew Carey cultural news:

  • The Reason Foundation has launched ReasonTV, including the Drew Carey Project, libertarian, free-market shorts hosted by Drew Carey.
  • Carey did a credible job hosting his first The Price is Right, pace Bob Barker, or so says Tom Shales of the Washington Post. And, Tom, all those comments about girth? We call that projection.
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