American Film Renaisance set to unspool Sept. 9-11
The president may not be a big Hollywood movie fan, but he might want to consider doing a little fund-raising in Texas.The Lone Star State has always been friendly territory for Dubya, its former governor, but thanks to Jim Hubbard, it’s getting a little more so. Hubbard, 35, and his wife Ellen, 31, are the co-founders of the American Film Renaisance, a conservative film fest that aims to unspool Sept. 9-11. Hubbard says that while his series is “pro-America” and “definitely for people of faith,” he insists “we’re not some adjunct to the Republican National Committee. People have painted us as a bunch of Bushies, but we just want more speech, not less.” An admitted Libertarian, Hubbard even says he didn’t find much in Al Franken‘s “Lying Liars…” book that he objected to. But, he adds, “That Michael Moore is another matter.” To that end, Hubbard is hoping to screen Minnesota filmmaker Mike Wilson‘s “Michael Moore Hates America” as one possible pic. That’s a bit of an ‘if,’ though. While Hubbard’s about to sign a deal with the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, he’s still facing an uphill battle: His artistic director Govindini Murty just resigned this month and plans to start her own fest in Los Angeles. Wilson’s producer, Curt Johnson, says he’s game, but waiting to see if Hubbard’s cash arrives.