Anthem Film Festival Comes to South Dakota

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Libertarian film festival Anthem and it just so happens to be taking place in our own back yard! The Anthem Film Festival is an annual screening of the latest libertarian films and documentaries, and is part of larger conference FreedomFest. It will be held this July 21-24th in Rapid City SD.

The films will be played at the historic Elks Theatre a 550 seat theater in downtown Rapid City. You will be able to meet Directors, participate in Q&A sessions and see panel discussions.

We are excited to have this libertarian film festival come to South Dakota and the fellas at the HedgehogWatchdog will be on site this July covering all the action of these events!!

Admission to the film festival is free to FreedomFest pass holders. Or you can purchase a FilmLovers Pass and watch all the movies, all four days, plus attend the FreedomFest Gala Cocktail Reception and Exhibit Hall (but not the FreedomFest general sessions or breakout sessions), for just $149. Day passes are available for $49, and individual 2-hour sessions can be purchased at the theatre for $10 each.

For a complete list of the 2021 film schedule a please visit AnthemFilmFestival

Actor Dennis Quaid is headlining this years event. Previewing his new movie “Reagan”, an autobiography of Ronald Reagan.

A couple of the films I am most looking forward to at the event are two animated features:

Anthem: The Animated Movie based on the graphic novel by Ayn Rand, Directed by Rob Hustle

Rocket Stahr’s Death of a Rock Star described as an animated Libertarian Rock Opera, Directed by Cole Gentles

Here are some of the films that caught our eye..

Corporate Welfare: Where’s the outrage? Directed by Maureen Castle Tusty

Surviving Socialism Directed by Luke Livingston

Trauma to Triumph: Rise of the Entrepreneur Directed by Harold Klein & Daniel Saulnier

and some interesting short films to choose from including…

A Piece of Cake Directed by Austin & Meredith Bragg

Cough Directed by Jason Kempnich

Growing Pains Directed by Jack Curtis

Police Werk Directed by Jared Sichel & Gabriel Yaffe

For a full list of films and ticket information please visit the Anthem Film Festival

Here is a link we found that lists all the previous selections and winners of the Anthem Film Festival if you are curious. Link

Jo Ann Skousen

The Hedgehog Watchdog Podcast had the pleasure of sitting down with special guest Jo Ann Skousen the Founding Director of the Anthem Film Festival and talking about the 10th anniversary of the Festival on May 3oth, you can check out that episode of the podcast on Youtube here. She is an accomplished Author, Teacher and Entertainment Editor at Liberty Magazine.

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