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Austin: Human Rights on Screen

If you're based in Austin or attending SXSW next week, don't miss an evening with the Moving Picture Institute and Learn Liberty next Tuesday, March 14th at the Violet Crown Theater at 6pm.

The evening will focus on human rights issues and include screenings of the mini-documentary Go To Where the Light Is: Escaping North Korea, and the Moving Picture Institute-supported feature-length documentary State of Control, which follows two American filmmakers as they travel undercover documenting Tibetan activists' human rights struggle against the Chinese government's police state. A post-screening masterclass panel will include State of Control director, Christian Johnston, and our co-founder and president of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen. 

A short reception with beer and cocktails will follow. Admission is free, but space is extremely limited. If you would like to attend, RSVP to by Thursday, March 9th.

Los Angeles and D.C.: Free Speech on Screen

If you're based in Los Angeles, join the Moving Picture Institute and the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) for a collection of short screenings on free speech and post-screening masterclass panel with Moving Picture Institute filmmaker Rob Montz and head writer of the Moving Picture Institute's We the Internet TV, Lou Perez. We will screen some of We the Internet's top videos about free speech, including Rob Montz's mini-documentary Silence U, and a sneak-peek of his much-anticipated follow-up film that dives even further into the issues surrounding free speech on university campuses.

If you would like to attend the L.A. event, RSVP to by Tuesday, March 13th. 

If you're based in Washington, D.C., you can catch an advanced screening of Silence U Part 2 with Rob Montz and Lou Perez on Monday, March 13th at 6:30pm. Like the Austin event, admission to both the L.A. and D.C. events are free, but space is extremely limited.

If you would like to attend the D.C. screening, RSVP to by Friday, March 10th.

New Film on Identity Politics from MPI Filmmaker

Watch the Trailer and Rent the Documentary Today

Moving Picture Institute-supported filmmaker Eli Steele adds an important perspective to the national conversation about race in his new documentary, How Jack Became Black. In the film, Steele reveals that being a multiracial American is not a black and white issue. 

The documentary begins when the local elementary school denies enrollment to Steele's multiracial son. Why? Because he will not identify his "primary race."

The film is already earning attention in major news outlets. National Review called the film "a fascinating (and disturbing) exploration of the contemporary subordination of the individual to careerist bureaucracies and anti-humanist orthodoxies."

We placed filmmaker J.M. Bartelt on this production through our Hollywood Career Launch Program. He explained, "It has been quite the ride working with Eli, I gained so much great experience and I know for sure that my skills have probably doubled in many areas. Thanks again to MPI for the extensive support, it has been incredibly valuable."

Mama Rwanda at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Find more information and specific screening times on the festival’s website

Don’t miss Mama Rwanda at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this month. This Moving Picture Institute-supported film from Laura Waters Hinson breathes lives into ideas of entrepreneurship and perseverance. Last year, the short documentary was also an official selection of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, the Justice Film Festival, and a finalist at the Heartland Film Festival. 

In the words of Joann Weiner from the Washington Post: Mama Rwanda is a must see for anyone who hopes to help the people of Rwanda continue their amazing progress into tomorrow’s high tech world. Through their indomitable spirit, the women of Rwanda have created an economic success story out of the ashes of genocide.” 

Mama Rwanda is also available for campus screenings. Click here for more.


Now Available to Stream: Dreaming Against the World

Watch the inspirational story of artist Mu Xin

The Moving Picture Institute-supported short documentary Dreaming Against the World is currently available to rent online. From Oscar-nominated filmmakers Francisco Bello and Timothy Sternberg, the thirty-five minute film is a harrowing tale of an artist named Mu Xin, who was wrongly imprisoned during China’s bloody Cultural Revolution. 

While in solitary confinement, Mu Xin risked his life to write and paint. His daily artistic meditations helped him survive circumstances that many others did not. 

After immigrating to New York in the early 1980s, Mu Xin continued his ink painting and calligraphy practice in obscurity for close to 20 years before being discovered at the age of 74 to great critical acclaim.

Filmed on location in China and New York, Dreaming Against the World reveals that Mu Xin was one of the most original and under-recognized contemporary Chinese artists of the past century. His artistic vision and integrity are an inspiration; he proves that oppression is no match for the power of the human spirit. Rent it today. 


This Inauguration Week, Watch Our Viral Executive Power Parody Video

So NOW You're Worried About Executive Power?

With the inauguration only two days away, many Americans are suddenly worried about the scope of presidential authority. This means it’s the perfect time to revisit the viral We the Internet TV video, “So NOW You’re Worried About Executive Power?” With thousands of shares—including from major pundits—and nearly 700,000 views across Facebook and YouTube so far, this video is what the country needs right now.

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