With all the recent press about Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 911, very few people have yet to hear about a powerful independent film called Liberty Bound. Very few, that is, except for the large crowd that attended the premiere of the film in Paris on June 23rd.
Christine Rose, the documentary filmmaker, was present to answer questions about the film for over an hour after the screening to an inspired audience of young and old. Unlike Moore's film, who has several other documentaries under his belt, this is Ms. Rose's first film; and yet she couldn't have picked a more powerful subject, or for that matter, a more controversial one. Even though there are similarities among the two films, Rose gets very personal with her investigation. She takes us to her home town and allows us to accompany her on her trip across the US to discover the great loss of liberty the American people have suffered since 9/11. She at once shocks us with her observations, and leaves little doubt that we are living in a different world: a world where the freedoms we once took for granted are becoming more tenuous and harder to hold onto day by day.
The film, which was picked up for international distribution by a French firm called Take Off, is being shown at Espace St. Michel, and numbers are increasing every day in all four screenings. The film premiere was covered by every major media outlet in Paris. It even appeared on the cover of Liberation, the New York Times of Paris. With the tremendous success of Moore's film, which grossed over $21M it's first weekend out, it's becoming obvious that people all over the world are wanting and needing to see and hear the truth, which is every bit as entertaining and shocking as anything Hollywood releases.
Ms. Rose is just getting her career started, but with the success of her first film, it's a sure bet that there will be more films in the works from this talented and dedicated young woman who is becoming known as the "independent alternative to Michael Moore".
To find out more about future projects, check out her website at www.libertybound.com. Included in the website are photos from the Paris Premiere and a unique opportunity for citizens of the US and Canada to purchase a limited release DVD of the film. Just follow the "Photo Gallery" and "Get the DVD" links, respectively, on the left sidebar.
Hand out these flyers at showings of "Fahrenheit 911" - then save your ticket stubs and send them to George Bush with a note saying: "I know what you did last summer." George W. Bush, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC 20500