Los Angeles, CA – June 13, 2006

The Liberty Film Festival Merges with David Horowitz’s Center for the Study of Popular Culture to Form Preeminent Conservative Film Organization


Los Angeles, CA – June 13, 2006

The Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC), a leader in the fight for intellectual freedom, and the Liberty Film Festival, Hollywood’s first conservative film festival, are pleased to announce a historic partnership.

The Liberty Film Festival is merging with the CSPC to create the premier conservative film and cultural organization in America.

Author David Horowitz, founder of the CSPC, says: “We are thrilled to announce that the Liberty Film Festival — that great, innovative, and irrepressible response to Hollywood’s one-party state–is joining the Center for the Study of Popular Culture. We welcome its creators Govindini Murty and Jason Apuzzo to our ranks and look forward to spirited collaboration.”

Govindini Murty, Co-Founder of the Liberty Film Festival, says: “We are delighted to be joining forces with David Horowitz and the Center for the Study of Popular Culture. The fiesty and principled intellectual leadership of David Horowitz, the organizational acumen of the CSPC, and the artistic resources of the Liberty Film Festival, create a powerful force in the fight for free speech in Hollywood.”

Jason Apuzzo, Co-Artistic Director of the Liberty Film festival, says: “Our festival’s promotion of free expression in Hollywood perfectly complements the CSPC’s ongoing promotion of freedom on our college campuses and around the world. This merger is an exciting development that makes both organizations even stronger.”

About the Center for the Study of Popular Culture:

The Center for the Study of Popular Culture is a not-for-profit organization located in Los Angeles, California. The Center is dedicated to defending the foundations of American freedom, its Constitutional framework, and its national culture, which is ethnically diverse but unified in its commitment to the American idea. The Center’s mission is in educating the next generation in the values of freedom and the necessity of defending those values.

The Center publishes Frontpagemag.com, a website devoted to “News of the War at Home and Abroad.” The site is visited by 1.5 million readers per month.

The Center has also created a second website, DiscoverTheNetworks.org, which is an encyclopedia of the political Left, and of the individuals and organizations dedicated to the assault on the institutions of freedom generally, and American institutions in particular. The site receives more than 6 million visits per year.

About the Liberty Film Festival:

The Liberty Film Festival was founded in July of 2004 by Govindini Murty and Jason Apuzzo to celebrate free speech, patriotism, religious freedom and democracy by providing a forum in the heart of Hollywood for conservative and libertarian filmmakers. The 2004 and 2005 Liberty Film Festivals, held in West Hollywood, California, attracted a combined total of 6500 attendees.

The festival has premiered over 30 films, of which 15 have received theatrical or DVD distribution. The festival has also launched a highly successful blog, LIBERTAS, which has become the premier forum for conservative discussion on film, with over two million hits a month.

Award-winning films premiered at the Liberty Film Festival include “In The Face of Evil: Reagan’s War in Word & Deed,” “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” “Brainwashing 201,” and “Emancipation, Revelation, Revolution.” Other notable festival films include “Broken Promises: the UN at 60,” “Cochise County, USA,” “Is It True What They Say About Ann?”, “Celsius 41.11,” “Michael & Me,” “Confronting Iraq,” “WMD,” “Dead Meat,” and “365 Boots on the Ground.”

The Liberty Film Festival has also featured over forty film and media speakers, including author David Horowitz; producer Steve McEveety (“The Passion”); Joel Surnow, Executive Producer of “24”; Frank Price, former President of Columbia Pictures and Chairman of Universal; director David Zucker (“Scary Movie 4”); film critic Michael Medved; talk show host Larry Elder; TIME magazine film critic Richard Schickel; producer Warren Bell (“According to Jim”); screenwriter Andrew Klavan (“Don’t Say a Word”); and writer/producer Cyrus Nowrasteh (“Into The West”). The Liberty Film Festival’s Board of Advisors includes film financier Steve Bannon (Chairman, Genius Products); actress Morgan Brittany (“Dallas”); actor Robert Davi (“Profiler”); producer Scott Gardenhour (“Pearl Harbor”); philanthropist Paul Harberger (President, Foundation for Free Markets); author Jim Hirsen (“Hollywood Nation”); film critic and talk-show host Michael Medved (“Right Turns”); and producer Douglas Urbanski (“The Contender”).

The 2006 Liberty Film Festival, planned for this fall in Los Angeles, will soon announce its festival dates and submission details.

Media inquiries:

Elizabeth Ruiz
The Center for the Study of Popular Culture