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Leadership Institute is the Tits!

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The story goes that bank robber Willy Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, to which he replied, “Because that’s where the money is”, which would explain the landrush to take in the rubes at the Liberty Film Festival this weekend.

As LIBERTAS readers know, the The Liberty Film Festival is rapidly approaching, and we wanted to announced that we’ve partnered with the Washington-based Leadership Institute to provide training seminars at this year’s festival. These seminars will be held this Friday, October 21st before the start of the festival.

Leadership Institute seminars provide a fantastic way for conservatives to learn how to communicate their ideas more effectively. Information on the seminars is below. These seminars are highly recommended, especially for young filmmakers out there

We won’t ask how much Jason Apuzzo (the hapless screenwriter who can’t even land a Scoobie-Doo VI: Get Shaggy Wit It writing gig) will net out of this, but let’s check in on what they have to offer anyway:

Real Nature of Elections:
Putting Your Ideas into Action to Succeed on Election Day
9:00AM – 12:00PM

Learn how to put your conservative ideas into action. This workshop teaches you how to take your winning philosophy to victory on Election Day.

Some conservative campaigns still fail miserably where liberal campaigns are strongest – on Election Day. Take this workshop and move beyond the old, failed techniques to beat your opponents in the political “ground war.”

The workshop teaches the key techniques responsible for the dramatic increase in conservative election victories in recent years. Topics covered include: recruiting and managing volunteers, targeted voter contact, get out the vote, and mobilizing young voters.

You know your ideas are right; learn how to put them into action.

Price $25


Making the Most of the Media:
How to get Media Attention and Effectively Deliver your Message
1:00PM – 5:00PM

Do you have a great cause but feel like no one’s paying attention? Learn how to express your message in a way that earns you good media coverage.

In the first part of this workshop you’ll learn how to get press attention. Topics covered include building a network of media contacts, writing press releases, media advisories, media events, and more.

In the second part of this workshop you’ll learn how to frame your message in the media coverage you’ll get by using the techniques you learn in part one. Topics covered include message development, how to make a good impression, and how to give a television interview.

Price $50

Now for those not familiar with The Leadership Institute that would be JimmyJeff GannonGuckert’s alma mater where he learned to not only give good television interview but also how to give good other things at presumably more than 50 bucks a pop (military discounts available…please ask!).

The only journalism-related credential listed on former Talon News Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent Jeff Gannon’s Talon News bio — which was removed from Talon’s website after Media Matters for America drew attention to Gannon and Talon News — was The Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism. While Talon News appears to be more of a Republican political advocacy group than a media outlet, The Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism appears to be more of a training ground for Republican advocacy in the media than a school of journalism.


According to its website, The Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism is “[a]n intense two-day seminar … designed to give aspiring journalists the skills necessary to bring balance to the media and succeed in this highly competitive field.” It costs $50, for which attendees receive “two days of instruction, meals on Saturday and Sunday and all course materials,” as well as free housing “on a first-come, first-served basis.”

The Leadership Institute’s annual budget of $8 million has been financed by contributions from wealthy conservatives — including major conservative financier Joseph Coors, a June 2001 New York Times article reported. Numerous conservative foundations, such as the Coors-funded Castle Rock Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, have also provided funding to the Institute.

…and, as luck would have it, the Leadership Institute is coming to LA this weekend to dispense advice to the festival audience that, and we’re going out on a limb here, will probably be pasty-assed white, mid-twentyish, most definitely stag, and probably sporting closely-cropped facial hair for that ‘arty’ look.

Oh, and the crowd will also be aggressively heterosexual even if they’re not.

So let’s see….$110 for the full festival pass that will get you in to see a bunch of 20 minutes shorts representing the personal obsessions of a collection of shut-ins, social maladroits, and a few aspiring filmakers who can boast of more than two imaginary girlfriends. Also there will be a panel of screenwriters who will weigh in on “What Stories is Hollywood Not Telling?” while pondering the age-old question, Scooby-Doo: Is He Anti-Islamofacist Enough?, and a revival of The Searchers which is never ever on Turner Movie Classics. Then there is the Screenplay competition (pdf) with a $30 entry fee. And let’s not forget the stunning official Film Festival poster, which is sure to be a collectable (just like that copy of Color Me Badd that you still have in the original shrinkwrap), for $10. Tote bags will also be in evidence.

And if that’s not enough….are you ready for it?

As our “100th Birthday Tribute to Ayn Rand,” we’ll be screening the 1942 Italian classic We The Living, based on Ayn Rand’s novel of the same name. The film stars Alida Valli and Rossano Brazzi as young lovers in post-revolutionary Russia who must choose between conformity with the Communist Party, or the dictates of their own hearts. Mussolini banned the film for its anti-totalitarian message, and attempted to destroy all existing prints. Thought lost for many years, the film negative was rediscovered in the 1960s by Hank and Erika Holzer and restored, with Ayn Rand’s guidance. Rarely seen, this film classic combines philosophy and art in a work of compelling drama (B & W, with subtitles). Directed by Goffredo Alessandrini, the film’s restoration was produced by Duncan Scott and Hank & Erika Holzer.

Special introductions by producer Duncan Scott, and by Jeff Britting of the Ayn Rand Institute. There will also be a 10 minute intermission during the film

Because not only must Atlas Shrug, he must also pee….

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