At the Movies: Tampa Edition
Updated Aug. 27 | Thanks to Citizens United and former tea party candidate Christine O’Donnell, conservative cinephiles will have their choice of dueling film festivals to stoke their enthusiasm while in Tampa, Fla., for the Republican National Convention.
While many folks will religiously troll the convention floor, those looking for a change of venue can continue actively avoiding Tropical Storm Isaac by ducking into the (hopefully) structurally secured salons at Troublemaker Fest (615 Channelside Drive) and/or Citizens United Theater at Liberty Plaza (180 S. Morgan St.).
The Citizens United program features a mix of world premiere and previously released documentaries, all introduced by prominent Republican figures.
Citizens United spokesman Jeff Marschner told HOH that “Occupy Unmasked,” which is screening today at 4 p.m. and is slotted for theatrical release in late September, was one of the late Andrew Breitbart’s last major projects. Marschner said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was tight with Breitbart, so she leaped at the opportunity to showcase the flick.
According to Marschner, the hosts of the other films appear in each production. So expect to see former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) parade across the screen during “Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny” (Tuesday at 1 p.m.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) pop up in the world premiere of “Our Sacred Honor” (Wednesday at 1 p.m.) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee interviewed in “The Gift of Life (Wednesday at 4 p.m.).
Citizens United will also debut its latest documentary, “The Hope and the Change,” a project spotlighting Democratic voters who’ve become disillusioned with President Barack Obama (4 p.m. on Tuesday).
Tickets to each film are free (citizensunited.eventbrite.com), but Marschner warned that they’ll be able to accommodate only about 200 to 300 people at each showing.
The inaugural Troublemaker Fest (troublemakerfest.com) won’t rely strictly on celluloid to make its point, but patriotic flicks will play their part. Organizers are planning to show various right-leaning features throughout the week, queuing up “2016: Obama’s America,” “Last Ounce of Courage,” “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” “Doonby” and “Perdie Across America” for daily consumption.
Again, admission to individual movies is free. But those who’ve purchased weeklong ($35) or VIP passes ($1,200 a pop) get first dibs.
The centerpiece of Troublemaker Fest was supposed to be a “Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street” debate set to be moderated by O’Donnell and Current TV personality Michael Shure. But Isaac put the kibosh on that real quick.
Other activities include performances by “God’s comic” Brad Stine, a fashion show and nightly DJ-led dance parties.
Updated Aug. 27
Due to Tropical Storm Isaac, Citizens United has pushed the “Occupy Unmasked” premiere to 2 p.m. Thursday.