Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Two New Films: "The Hope & The Change" and "2016 - Obama's America"

There's two movies I wanted to alert you about, and let you see the trailers to.

"The Hope and The Change" is a film put together by our friends at Citizens United and Stephen K. Bannon ("The Undefeated") that chornicles the experiences of 40 Democrats and Independent voters from around the country who cast their ballots in 2008 for Richard Milhous Obama and got...well, let the preview tell you...

That's some trailer!

A free showing of this film will be held in Tampa, FL next week during the Republican convention. DVDs can be ordered at the film website.

The next film is entitled "2016 - Obama's America," co-directed by Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan, and produced by Gerald R. Molen (producer of "Schindler's List"). D'Souza is the best selling author of the books "What's So Great About America" and "What's So Great About Christianity." The film is based on his 2010 book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" (which I'm currently reading).

The film opened in a limited engagement to a few select theatres in July, and is now the number two grossing non-nature documentary of the year, expanding to theatres nationwide this weekend (Hollywood Reporter).

An anti-Barack Obama documentary based on conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage will expand nationwide this weekend after doing notable business in select markets across the country -- including in liberal-minded New York City.

Overall, 2016: Obama's America grossed an impressive $1.2 million last weekend as it upped its theater count from 61 to 169 for a total gross of $2 million, the second-best showing of the year for a documentary after Bully ($3.2 million). That doesn't include nature documentaries Chimpanzee ($29 million) and To the Arctic ($7.6 million).

It's already the No. 12 political documentary of all time -- a market that Michael Moore has cornered -- as well as the No. 2 conservative documentary after Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed ($7.7 million).

On Friday, Obama's America, co-directed by D'Souza and John Sullivan, will be playing in 1,075 theaters in an aggressive expansion that comes on the eve of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., which gets underway Aug. 27.

Obama's America, distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures, first began rolling out in mid-July and has been adding theaters slowly. On Aug. 10, it opened in a number of markets, including New York and Los Angeles (including the conservative Simi Valley).

Some in Hollywood were stumped by the amount of business the documentary did at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 in Lower Manhattan, situated in a liberal neighborhood where films from the likes of Moore have done huge business.

You can look for a theatre near you at the film's website for where and when it is playing.

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