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Portland Premiere: Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire

On Friday, August 13th, Clinton Street Theater presents Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire. A reception open to the public begins at 7 p.m. The evening's event---including the film and presentations from organizations aiming to engage citizens in spirited and positive action---will begin at 8 p.m.
Hijacking Catastrophe illuminates the Bush Administration's ideological roots and documents how it deliberately manipulated intelligence, political imagery and the fears of the American people to promote a pre-existing, neo-conservative agenda. According to Daily Variety, "Hijacking Catastrophe goes beyond simple Bush-bashing to paint a horrifying portrait of organized U.S. imperialist expansion and public deception stretching back to the early Reagan era."

The disturbing evidence is supported by input from such notables as Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, Pentagon whistle-blower Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, and Daniel Ellsberg, author of the bestseller Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. The film also includes Norman Mailer, Norm Chomsky and Nobel Prize Laureate Jody Williams.

The Portland Premiere of Highjacking Catastrophe will include inspiring emcee, pastor Matt Hennessee, who will guide the audience in considering positive and engaging ways to respond to the film. Several organizations including the Young Voter Project and the Bus Project will be on hand to provide film-goers with actions they can take to affect the outcome of this year's Presidential election. "My friends and I are planning this event so people can not only see the film but so they can also learn about ways to channel their anger and despair about our country's activities into inspired action," said Mary Reinard, a Portland member of Spirited Action which held a similar event last month in the San Francisco area.

Clinton Street Theater: 2522 SE Clinton St,  http://www.clintonsttheater.com/

For press packet:  http://mef.tv/modules.php?op=modload&name=UpDownload&file=index

Matt Hennesseee:  http://www.nba.com/blazers/community/Black_History_Month_Honoree__-99503-41.html

Spirited Action: Mary Reinard, 503-230-9541 or visit  http://www.spiritedaction.org

Young Voter Project  http://www.21stcenturydems.org/youngvoter.cfm

The Bus Project: www.busproject.org

phone: phone: 503-866-9191

Quick Question 04.Aug.2004 11:18

Auntie Cap

Is there an admission price? If so, where is the $ going? I wouldn't like to see indymedia used to advertise capitalist ventures.

Also, although the film sounds very intriguing, I would suggest channeling people's energy about being attacked and lied to by the Bush administration into a more productive outlet than merely voting for Kerry.

Right on! 04.Aug.2004 16:13


Yes, I am so tired of the clipboard mania at the film Fahrenheit 9-11, the Saturday markets etc, exhorting everyone to vote for Kerry, as if that would solve the problem. The making of the tragegy of 9-11 has a long history and lots of pieces of the puzzle fit into many administrations.

This film is not another Fahrenheit 9/11 04.Aug.2004 18:08


I saw this movie in San Francisco and was thoroughly impressed. On the contrary, I was personally disappointed in Fahrenheit 9/11. I do recognize the value of Fahrenheit 9/11 in that it caters to the masses who may need to be entertained while swallowing political analysis. I personally did not appreciate Fahrenheit 9/11 because it was scattered, insulting (rather than engaging and constructively critical), and generally conveyed the simple and really only coherent message that "Bush is bad". Hijacking Catastrophe is the opposite of what I disliked about Fahrenheit 9/11. There is ample blame spread beyond Bush and co. Included in the documentary is a thorough analysis of the creation of a document called Rebuilding America's Defences ( http://cryptome.org/rad.htm) and its idealogical precursor drafted by Mr. Paul Wolfowitz.

All in all, if you were let down by Fahrenheit 9/11, you need to see this film. Still, I would recommend Hijacking Catastrophe for everyone because of its powerful and effective conveyance that our country (not just the neo-cons)is on the wrong track when it comes to foreign policy. To be sure, Hijacking Catastrophe does not seek to entertain. On the contrary, it engages. Something I felt that Fahrenheit 9/11 failed to do.