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Leo Sopicki

Writer, photographer, graphic artist and technologist. I focus my creative efforts on celebrating the American virtues of self-reliance, individual initiative, volunteerism, tolerance and a healthy suspicion of power and authority.

Anthem Film Festival Review: North Korea Nightmare and China Fears

“Go to where the light is” may seem a strange directive for someone seeking to escape from a totalitarian regime until one sees a photo of North Korea and its neighbors taken from a satellite. Yeonmi Park’s tale of her escape reveals that not only is the darkness physical, but spiritual as well.

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Anthem Film Review: ‘Democracy Through the Looking Glass: Media & Politics in the Post-Truth Era’

Alice had to step through the looking glass to discover a strange world where everything was backwards and made no sense. Filmmaker Kevin Bowe only had to go to New Hampshire during the 2015 presidential primary. His film, Democracy Through the Looking Glass: Media & Politics in the Post-Truth Era, screened at the Anthem Film Festival, part of FreedomFest. FreedomFest, a libertarian political and financial conference, now in its tenth year, bills itself as the worlds “largest gathering of free minds."

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Anthem Film Review: Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn Rock the ‘Little Pink House’

Little Pink House opened the Anthem Film Festival, part of FreedomFest, on July 19, at the Paris resort in Las Vegas.  The film stars Catherine Keener (Capote, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Being John Malkovich) and Emmy nominee Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love, The Firm, Grey Gardens), and tells the story of Susette Kelo, who …

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Interview: Anthem Film Festival Founder on William Shatner, Mr. Spock, and Liberty 

Is Mr. Spock a libertarian? To find out you’ll need to attend this year’s FreedomFest and Anthem Film Festival, July 19-22, at the Paris Resort Las Vegas. Captain Kirk, a.k.a. William Shatner, will be there to help you navigate “The Free Enterprise” and answer this and other questions explored at the libertarian themed conference and film festival. To get a preview of this interstellar freedom trip, billed as “the world’s largest gathering of free minds, with over 200 speakers and 2,000 attendees,” I spoke with Anthem Film Festival founding director, and entertainment editor of Liberty Magazine, Jo Ann Skousen.

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DWF: See My Shorts

Dances With Films (DWF) wants you to see their shorts. Is a short film just like a narrative or documentary feature, only shorter? Sometimes. But, if we compare a narrative feature to its inspiration – the novel – to what can we compare short films? The short story, of course, but, some short films are character studies, others poems, still others scary tales told around a campfire, or that ticket you saved from your first rock concert.

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