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Conservative film-makers aim for more than just a convention cameo

30 August 2012 1:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rightwing movies prove a big draw for audiences in Tampa, with distributors predicting bright future beyond political niche

Hollywood has Cannes. The independent movie industry has Sundance. Now, when it comes to promoting the little known world of conservative film-making, there is Tampa.

In a tented enclosure just outside the convention centre where Republicans have nominated Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate, rightwing movies are being shown off and sold to an eager audience.

At the so-called "Liberty Plaza" site, conservative production firm Citizens United has been showcasing a half dozen of its movies. On Wednesday Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann introduced a film there called Occupy Unmasked. "I am thrilled to be here," Bachmann told the crowd to a standing ovation.

The film, which profiles the "leftist" Occupy protest movement as a dangerous violent threat to America, has already struck a distribution deal with Magnolia Films and will hit theatres »

- Paul Harris

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