Standing O for Russo in Cannes

Here’s the release from Cinema Libre Studio:

Cannes Premiere Gets Standing Ovation
Aaron Russo’s AMERICA: FREEDOM TO FASCISM To Open Across America July 28

russocannes.gifCANNES, FRANCE ““ Aaron Russo’s incendiary political documentary which exposes many of the governmental organizations and entities that have abridged the freedoms of U.S. citizens had its international premiere at Cannes and won a standing ovation. The event, which was held on the beach and filled to capacity, was open to the public and drew a crowd of people who stood along the boardwalk to watch the film.

Through interviews with U.S. Congressmen, as well the former IRS Commissioner, former IRS and FBI agents, tax attorneys and authors, Russo proves conclusively that there is no law requiring citizens to pay a direct tax on their labor. His film connects the dots between money creation, federal income tax, voter fraud, the national identity card (which becomes law in May 2008) and the implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track citizens. Neither left nor right-wing in perspective, the film concludes that the U.S. government is taking on the characteristics of a police state. Doc will open on multiple screens in cities across the U.S. beginning July 28.

The international audience at Cannes as well as the European media has been fascinated by Russo’s fiery diatribe against the direction America is heading. The discussion that followed the preview lasted for thirty minutes. Actor Nick Nolte, in Cannes for the premiere of “Over The Hedge,” joined Russo during the event. “The information in this film is something everybody has to know”, said Nolte, who was the lead actor in “Teachers,” a film produced by Russo.

Russo, who is best known as the producer of feature films including “The Rose” with Bette Midler and “Trading Places” with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, wrote, produced, and directed the doc. “I am disgusted by the direction America was heading,” says Russo. “I made this movie because I want to live in a free country and I want my kids and grandkids to live in a free country. The American people must abandon the myth that America is still the land of liberty that it once was.”

Russo’s doc already has a tremendous grass root groundswell behind it. The film has previewed in over twenty-five cities with sold out theatres and standing ovations. The website, has been had over five hundred thousand (500,000) streams of the video trailer. Additionally, through the website and from grassroots screenings, over $100,000 in non-deductible donations has been collected to help with the theatrical release.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. man. I wish the money required to get this movie out wasn’t so darn high. The goal of 5 million is pretty steep. I predict he’ll fall short unless there is some major backing by hollywood stars or just a rich old guy who doesn’t want the world to go to hell and a hand basket when he leaves

  2. Just received this email:


    That’s interesting since I just heard Aaron speak on Jim Puplava’s (also a Libertarian economist) May 13th Financial Sense New presentation at:

    I will try to attach Aaron’s talk to this email but since it is 5 MB it may not make it through my AOL account and/or your ISP firewall.

    He has some interesting points about “freedom” in America today. I may go to see his film too when it comes out.

    Have a great weekend guys!



  3. IRS = I Really Steal

    “The best way to avoid income taxes is to not work. I myself never held a fulltime job until I was 33.”

  4. Russo always seemed like a really cool guy. That’s why I can’t figure out why he’s fratnernizing with that hate group, the IAP.

    On another note, the Euros watching the movie probably liked it because they percieved it to be “anti-American,” which is always good in their mind. And they’re right most of the time. But my guess is that Russo’s movie depicts America’s drift into a state somewhat similar to most of those in Europe. I guess the difference is that in Europe, the pseudo-socialist governments are more “of the people,” probably due in large part to their comparative homogeneity. America’s brand of statism is more sinister.

  5. Congratulations on the new movie, Aaron. I look forward to seeing it. Thank you for making it.

  6. “Through interviews with U.S. Congressmen, as well the former IRS Commissioner, former IRS and FBI agents, tax attorneys and authors, Russo proves conclusively that there is no law requiring citizens to pay a direct tax on their labor.”

    Jesus. Who cares?

    If there were such a law, would that make it one iota more acceptable for the government to take those taxes at gunpoint?

  7. From the Freedom to Fascism discussion board:

    Hi Aaron-

    Regarding this post in the A:FTF forum, are you aware of the connection between Cinema Libre, the company that’s distributing your excellent film, and the notorious war criminal Rabbi Dov Zakheim?

    The days we live in are becoming too perilous to allow for anything but Truth and clarity, and it’s in that spirit that I ask you this difficult question. Thank you in advance for your answer, and thank you for your excellent film.

    Best regards,

  8. Is there any chance of a DVD being made of the film and then distributing it to individuals who could make copies of it to give to others? I for one – could have many DVDs made at my computer store, then share them with others, that is if the goal is to get the info. out there as quick as possible.