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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.

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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Movie Review: ‘Baywatch’ is Over-the-Top Funny, Exciting, and Sexy

This is not your older brother’s 'Baywatch'. It is crammed with over-the-top humor and action. It is funny from the opening titles through the outtakes at the end. Oh, and it still has sexy girls in bathing suits.

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SXSW TV: ‘American Gods’ Debuts to Overflow House

Two years ago, SXSW premiered Mr. Robot. Last year, Preacher wowed conference audiences. This year’s earthshaking TV preview was American Gods from STARZ. American Gods debuted on STARZ on April 30, but if you were lucky enough to have attended the SXSW Conference in Austin, you could have seen it …

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SXSW Convergence: Your Brain On Story – Neuroscience+The Moth

A radio show drawing a crowd at SXSW? Had I stepped through a time portal back to the 1930s? The speakers, Catherine Burns, Artistic Director for 'The Moth', and Alexander Huth, from Gallant Laboratory at UC Berkeley, quickly dissuaded me of that idea as they explained this unique pairing of neuroscience and radio.

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