Aaron Russo’s Film Screens Friday

Aaron Russo’s new film is called “America: From Freedom to Fascism” and it will be screened twice this weekend in Arizona.

The official Press Release:

Aaron Russo cut a swath through the entertainment industry as a club owner, concert promoter, manager and award-winning producer of such film hits as “The Rose,” “Trading Places” and “Teachers.” His latest feature could be a horror flick … if it wasn’t a true story.

“America: From Freedom to Fascism”—a documentary on the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Reserve and the creeping tentacles of authoritarianism in American political life—begins showing to selected audiences of political activists next Friday in Phoenix and Saturday in Tucson.

On Friday, January 27 at 7:30PM, accomplished Russo will test screen his new feature film, “America…From Freedom To Fascism” in the Grand Ball Room Three of the Phoenix Airport Hilton. On Saturday, January 28 at 1 PM, the film will show at the Grand Cinemas Crossroads theater complex in Tucson.

Both screenings are free and open to the general public.

“America: From Freedom to Fascism” isn’t Russo’s first venture in politics: A decade ago, he produced and starred in the critically acclaimed series pilot “Mad As Hell”—a scorching demarche which proved too hot for the networks but sold briskly on video. He later sought the GOP nomination for governor of Nevada, beating the sitting lieutenant governor in the primary and losing the nomination at a convention orchestrated by a frightened party establishment; fought successfully to see Nevada’s voter-approved medical marijuana law implemented; and sought the Libertarian Party’s 2004 presidential nomination.

Like many of Russo’s projects, the new film addresses life-or-death issues for America. “I’ve watched my country become less and less free for the last 40 years,” he says. “But figuring out why has been a lifelong project. I’m more proud of this work than any other I’ve produced—it goes to the root of what America means and what obstacles we face in redeeming our heritage of freedom.”

Plans for a general theatrical release, following the official premier at the Cannes Film Festival in May, are in progress.

My opinion is that the name is probably a mistake. Regardless of what the film is about… if Russo wants to run for President again it would have been better to use a less inflammatory title.

26 Responses to “Aaron Russo’s Film Screens Friday”

  1. Mike N. Says:

    What makes you think he wants to run for President again?

    How is the title inflamatory?

  2. Austin Cassidy Says:

    1. Just a hunch.

    2. “America: From Freedom to Fascism” – Kind of sounds like we have a fascist government in the US… and that puts a person pretty out of the extreme end of things.

    I think it could hurt the movie commercially as well. There are a heck of lot of people who hate the IRS but who absolutely don’t think the United States is a fascist nation.

  3. Kyle B Says:

    I think he should have put “IRS” in the title somewhere

  4. Mike N. Says:

    Yes, he should have titled it: America: From Freedom to Less Freedom. That would have drawn a heckuva crowd…all without hurting anyone’s feelings!

  5. Mike N. Says:

    http://www.chgs.umn.edu/Educational_Resources/Curriculum/Witness_And_Legacy_-_Teacher_R/Glossary__Teacher_Resource_Boo/glossary__teacher_resource_boo.html

    “Fascism: A social and political ideology with the primary guiding principle that the state or nation is the highest priority, rather than personal or individual freedoms.”

    Actually, that’s a pretty accurate description of the US today… not really on “the extreme end of things” if you ask me.

  6. Austin Cassidy Says:

    In the minds of 90% of people “fascism = Hitler, Mussolini”

    My understanding is that the movie is mostly focused on the IRS. Maybe I’m wrong about that?

    Left winger blue state voters might find the title appealing… but they’re the ones that don’t care about the IRS. Those are the types that want the government to regulate fast food with heavy taxes to prevent over eating. My guess is that this movie wouldn’t speak to them at all.

    Red state voters standing in line for the movies would see the title and assume it was a Michael Moore meets Cindy Sheehan movie that is anti-government, anti-corporate, and anti-war. The actual content of the film might appeal to some of these folks, but based entirely on the title they’d probably never see the movie.

    You can have an “in your face” title that sounds interesting and exciting… I’m not against that. I just think “America: From Freedom to Fascism” is a lazy version of a controversial title.

    Even though I absolutely dislike his films and they seem to be filled to the brim with half-truths and exaggerated statements… Michael Moore does a heck of a good job coming up with names. They’re descriptive and engaging without using a big blunt bat like “Freedom to Fascism”

  7. Mike N. Says:

    Umm, ripping off Fahrenheit 451 to name your film Fahrenheit 911 doesn’t make Moore a brilliant move namer in my book… but to each his own.

  8. Austin Cassidy Says:

    It’s not ripping off as much as it is drawing a tie to it.

    Consider “Bowling for Columbine” and “Roger and Me” as well.

  9. Jim 101 Says:

    I’m all for anything that educates and enlightens the masses on the scams that are the IRS and The Federal Reserve. Somehow, these two agencies have gotten a free ride throughout their existence, with little or no mainstream criticism ever being levelled at them, even though they are responsible for so many of our present day problems. They have become accepted, even though our Constitution makes no room for them.

    Also, any American with a heartbeat knows deep down that we are losing our freedoms slowly and surely, but many just cannot put their fingers on why. Maybe this film will help…

  10. Otto Kerner Says:

    Nah, an inflammatory title suits Russo just fine. As long as he makes it pretty clear that he is against fascism, rather than for it, there’s no easy way to use it as a smear without engaging with his ideas somewhat. Russo is always going to be controversial, but this at least has a chance of getting some attention while he’s at it.

  11. Joey Dauben Says:

    I didn’t care for the title, either.

    Sounds exactly like some screwball leftist, but it will go over well (the title) with the left-leaning crowd. Once they see that it’s about the IRS, they’ll become disinterested.

    The only way Russo’s film will be taken seriously is if WorldNetDaily or some other big indy-conservative news site does a great review on it.

    I would have expected a little more in the form of a title from a Hollywood producer.

    But then again, there are Communists in Hollywood, so I’m not surprised.

  12. Dixon Cannon Says:

    Well, the title as it is, I saw the film “America: From Freedom to Fascism” tonight in Tucson, Arizona. From the moment it begins it is gripping, informative and down right scary! The viewer comes away with an understanding that as good as we might be in our day to day lives, we are all targets of a runaway government, intent on exerting it’s power and expressing it’s will – despite the law.

    Particularly chilling is the interview with a Virginia Beach, VA family whose homes and business were raided by the IRS on mere unsubstantiated accusations; the victims of Police State authoritarians. Another interview with a former IRS Commissioner who, now a high-powered D.C. attorney, can’t seem to make the connection between Supreme Court decisions on the Constitutionality of the Income Tax and how the IRS regards ‘voluntary compliance’ with a law he’s unable to articulate. Flustered, the commissioner ends the interview abruptly and asks Russo to leave.

    Russo is a bulldog as he prowls halls of government trying to get someone to just show him the Law that says a working citizen in the United States owes an Income Tax, or just to acknowledge prior Supreme Court rulings on the subject. Clips of press conferences and television interviews and news cuttings reveal obfuscation, saber rattling and threats but not one answer that clearly defines the Law, the statutes or the Tax obligations of American citizens.

    Aaron Russo has created a compelling and troubling documentary that indeed gives the impression that America has already moved from Freedom to Fascism (and defines the terms so the viewer can decide for themselves).

    The film is in the final stages of post-production and upon completion will be entered at Cannes in May. It is sure to make the headlines there and open more than a few eyes. This film will make an impact on the viewer – It’s up to the viewer to then make an impact on the state of affairs in American government.

  13. Irod Folsom Says:

    If you have done the home work, read the Federal Regulations as well as the preambles and the Consitition, IRS code, US code, Court cases as well as the federal register, The Federal Reserve Act . And you believe in right and wrong instead of a lefty liberal or righty tightwad then you might have a clue whats going on. Because if you have not done all that or if you dont know what a preamble is then you dont know what your talking about. The title of Aaron Russo film is what he wanted it to be and at least he had the guts to do something other than complaining. And if you have done you home work you would understand that what this government is doing is way past Fascism!

  14. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Irod,

    I guess that was directed at me? And that’s fine… you’re entitled to your opinion. What I find funny is that you tell me I should have the guts to do something other than complaining. This site is not pro-Libertarian, pro-Green, or pro-anything. I’m not writing here as an activist for any party, but trying to report on the news and happenings in the world of alternative political parties. It’s not my job to promote your message.

    My OPINION is that very hard-line individuals like yourself don’t really (to steal a phrase from Tim West) “do politics” very well. You sound lik you fit into the group of people who like to scream at potential voters to read the Constitution, tell them they’re idiots, calling the US a fascist state, and then ramble on about how you don’t recognize “artifical” ZIP codes or something.

    My point on the Russo movie is that the title will not draw in the right kind of people to see the movie. It makes it a less effective tool for recruitment. Then again, the movie might include a lot of conspiracy theory stuff… I haven’t seen it yet, so it’s hard for me to judge. Maybe the title fits the movie perfectly, and the movie itself is just too out there to do any good.

  15. Jason D Says:

    I can’t wait to see Aaaron Russo’s new movie. I hope the majority of the film delves into the issue of income taxes and the IRS so that Americans will see that their hard earned money has been stolen from them without due process of law for the last 80 years or so. A feature film on this issue is what was desperately needed to get this issue out in the mainstream and get millions talking. The government has been neglecting to answer questions regarding the Federal Income Tax for the last several years now from thousands of Patriots. Now with this film, that number may turn to millions. Given the present state of America, I think the title to this film is quite appropiate.

  16. Donna Gwinn Says:

    The movie will premiere in Tampa on February 18th.
    It will be shown at the Channelside 10 Cinema, at 1:00. My friends and I are very excited and looking foward to something with some “umph” to it. It is about time that someone addressed the issues of IRS abuse and corruption in a feature film venue.
    The title will attract attention and that’s what I would like to see. I’d like those who are already disenchanted with government to take a look at what has previously been a very conservative issue. Once they attract the attention of ALL parties, then perhaps we will have more backing to rid the country of the IRS and Federal Reserve agenda.
    Misleading the people of America is nothing new, but Americans in general have, until recently, been lazy in standing up for their Constitutional Rights. Perhaps this will be a catalyst to move them off their butts and do something about the IRS abuse.
    The Congress has not followed up on the 1998 changes it required of the IRS. They have paid mere lip service to the complaints of the people.
    I have personally sent out invitations to every Congressman and Congresswoman in Florida to attend this screening. Whether they attend or not is to be seen, but we have to do more than complain. We have to put the issue in the face of govenment. And we have to stand up for Our Constitutional rights.
    Personally, I thank Mr. Russo for making this film.

  17. Dan Says:

    I just saw the movie today in Austin, Texas.

    I liked it immensely. I don’t know if the title will turn anyone off….I hope the word of mouth reviews will get people to the theatres.

    This is a movie that you could take Joe and Jane Six-pack to and at least get them thinking hard.

    Deep down inside, most Americans can sense something is terribly wrong and gettin worse.

    This movie while genuinely scary at times, was also entertaining and at times absolutely funny.

    Russo in person was amazing! You could sense his heart and it is honest and pure. I wish his introduction could be part of the movie.

  18. bobdylanmarine Says:

    i haven’t seen the movie yet but i can honestly say that if what i am hearing about it’s content is true, i get a warm and fuzzy deep inside. i’m not too concerned about the title and i’m not sure how deep it goes into austrian economics, or the principles of liberty but i can tell you that anything regarding those issues in the mainstream is a positive thing. at least the issues are brought to the table and hopefully more will follow!

  19. Marcy Says:

    Hi, I’m actually in the movie. I thought the title was pretty radical too, but the stories told depict the kind of tyranny we are experiencing in many levels. I served on a jury that was trying a man for not filing his taxes. His argument was there is no law and the prosecution never proved him wrong – we declared him “not guilty.” It was certainly an eye-opening experience.

  20. Theresa Says:

    A title any American fighting for freedom can relate too. Bravo!!

    It’s about time someone has the courage to tell these horrific stories and wake up the deaf, dumb and silent individuals who are walking obviously admist corruption. To live under a Government that does not uphold values and seeks to ignore evidence & laws and indeed imparts injustice to it’s people then, it’s the people who indeed need to take a stand and overturn these corrupt officials. How dare they feel they have more rights and power than the people who put them in their place.

    Any chance of it showing in the Tampa Bay area?

    www.floridajail4judges.org

  21. deborah connor Says:

    when 12 million illegal, undocumented immigrants are granted amnesty at the expense of good and loyal american citizens; and against the will of the people; during a period of high “HOMELAND SECURITY”; we really better do more than wake up…. Deborah

  22. meldryk Says:

    Great job guys…

  23. Mark Lloyd Says:

    Who’s “feelings” exactly are “hurt” by the “Fascism” part of the title? Only those who should be. This is not a lazy title, this is the truth. If you wrote that Russo gave too much away too soon, I might agree, but then , this isn’t a mystery.

  24. Brian Ragle Says:

    Russo’s film is being previewed in a 15 minute clip circulated around the net on various right-wing and conspiracy-theory websites. If that clip is indicative of the film, Russo can safely kiss his political future goodbye. As I showed on my website in a nearly point for point debunking, Russo is moving into the realm of fringe politics even more so than the Libertarian party has become in recent years. His film makes obvious distortions and even tells outright lies, showing Russo thinks his audience is too stupid to actually go do some fact-checking. For example, the allegedly “missing” Federal law saying we have to pay income taxes? I found it in about 5 minutes of Googling the Federal Code and then again in the IRS code. Check my site for more details.

  25. Marcy Brooks Says:

    Brian, you found the tax code – created by an entity which is not a constitutional entity – based on a law (the 16th ammendment) which was never ratified.

  26. Paulie Says:

    Interesting fodder, except that Russo is a complete fraud. The movie was in fact never shown at the Cannes festival but rather on a portable setup on a beach nearby. Statements in the film are taken out of context and are completely misleading – the Constitution does indeed (as has been upheld repeated times) the levying of income taxes. Russo should know, as he owes $2 million in back taxes to the IRS - his supporters might be inclined to help him, except that many are doing time for tax evasion, so good luck in following his advice.

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