Thursday, May 25, 2006


Cannes Premiere Gets Standing Ovation

May 23, 2006

Cannes Premiere Gets Standing Ovation

Opens Across America July 28

CANNES, FRANCE – Aaron Russo's incendiary political documentary - AMERICA: FREEDOM TO FASCISM, which exposes many of the governmental organizations and entities that have abridged the freedoms of US citizens - had its international premiere at Cannes and won a standing ovation. The event, which was held on the beach and filled to capacity, was open to the public and drew a crowd of people who stood along the boardwalk to watch the film.

Through interviews with US Congressmen, as well the former IRS Commissioner, former IRS and FBI agents, tax attorneys and authors, Russo proves conclusively that there is no law requiring citizens to pay a direct tax on their labor. His film connects the dots between money creation, federal income tax, voter fraud, the national identity card (which becomes law in May 2008) and the implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track citizens. Neither left nor right-wing in perspective, the film concludes that the US government is taking on the characteristics of a police state. Doc will open on multiple screens in cities across the U.S. beginning July 28.

The international audience at Cannes as well as the European media has been fascinated by Russo's fiery diatribe against the direction America is heading. The discussion that followed the preview lasted for thirty minutes. Actor Nick Nolte, in Cannes for the premiere of OVER THE HEDGE, joined Russo during the premiere event. "The information in this film is something everybody has to know," said Nolte, who was the lead actor in TEACHERS, a film produced by Russo that also starred Morgan Freeman.

Russo, who is best known as the producer of feature films including THE ROSE with Bette Midler, and TRADING PLACES with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, wrote, produced, and directed the doc.

"I am disgusted by the direction America was heading," says Russo. "I made this movie because I want to live in a free country and I want my kids and grandkids to live in a free country. The American people must abandon the myth that America is still the land of liberty that it once was."

Russo's doc already has a tremendous grass root groundswell behind it. The film has previewed in over twenty-five cities with sold out theatres and standing ovations. The website, has been had over five hundred thousand (500,000) streams of the video trailer. Additionally, through the website and from grassroots screenings, over $100,000 in non-deductible donations has been collected to help with the theatrical release.


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