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Should the Left Boycott Landmark? Mark Cuban and Citizens United Team Up for Anti-Occupy Doc

by Anthony Kaufman
August 6, 2012 2:19 PM
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It's too bad neither the Occupy Wall Street movement, nor its supporters, have created a compelling full-length narrative documentary to define themselves yet. Because it looks like the rightwing group Citizens United have beat them to it, with a film called "Occupy Unmasked," directed by Stephen Bannon (maker of the "Undefeated" Sarah Palin hagiography). With his trademark lack of subtley, Bannon is sure to deliver a highly biased, rightwing diatribe against Occupy. Mark Cuban's Magnet Releasing, it was anonunced today, will give the film a limited theatrical release day and date with VOD in late September.

“This film is controversial, and that’s exactly the reason we want to ensure it can find its audience prior to the November elections,” said Cuban. “I look forward to our partnership with Citizens United Productions and to getting this film out to the masses.”

Cuban has heretofore kept himself largely out of politics, except in his attempts to recruit New York mayor Michael Bloomberg for a Presidential bid. That has now changed.

Cuban, who also owns Landmark Theatres and Magnolia Pictures, the two indie film mainstays, may have to brace himself for a political backlash, in line with what happened to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. If word spreads about Cuban's partnership with Citizen United, a major enemy of liberals since the organization helped define corporations as citizens in its landmark court case, enterprising Occupiers might try to fight back with a Landmark boycott or Occupy Landmark Day (just saying).

According to a press release, the film aims to examine "who’s at the heart of the movement, documenting criminal activity and raw brutality in the camps – much of which has not been reported by the mainstream media."

The film features late conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, Brandon Darby (whose credentials are immediately put into question by another recent documentary, "Better This World"), David Horowitz, Pam Keys, Anita MonCrief, Mandy Nagy, and Lee Stranahan.

“I am proud to announce that Citizens United Productions is teaming up with Mark Cuban and Magnet to distribute 'Occupy Unmasked,' and elevate the film the Left does not want the American people to see,” said producer and Citizens United president David N. Bossie.

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  • Lawrence Chadbourne | August 31, 2012 12:16 PMReply

    Coming after the news that Landmark is ditching most of its 35mm equipment
    and converting to digital, this is indeed disturbing.

  • Dusty Diamond | August 12, 2012 4:03 AMReply

    In the immortal words of Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, "You can't handle the truth!" Ahh, truth & facts - they're like kryptonite to liberals & progressives.......

  • Rusty Shackleford | August 27, 2012 3:02 AM

    And in true Republitard fashion, you confuse reality with fiction.

  • Ron Merk | August 7, 2012 2:59 PMReply

    Further to my comments about Mark Cuban, I just want to go on the record to state that I will also not be attending any upcoming Clint Eastwood films, now that he's in the mitt of Romney

  • Ron Merk | August 7, 2012 2:57 PMReply

    Fascists come in all colors. Sometimes they even own theaters and distribute films. Goebbels was the classic example. Am I comparing Mark Cuban to Goebbels? No, of course not. Mark Cuban has no agenda to squash free speech and eliminate anyone who does not agree with his point of view. He's a smart businessman who may have forgotten that many of us on the other side of the political spectrum might decide to skip a trip to the local Landmark theater and visit his competition across the street. I, for one, will not be buying a box of popcorn anytime soon, and I'll wait until the film is available as a "free download" from some Russian free video site. I think Cuban's team may well be advised to remind the boss that his "alliance" with Citizens United might bring him more than he bargained for.

  • AudreyEwell | August 7, 2012 7:16 AMReply

    Who watches these conservative hit pieces who wasn't already in line with their politics? How many people watched the ode to Sarah Palin again, what was it even called? Or the Ayn Rand conservative swoon that is Fountainhead? As many people know, there is indeed a feature length Occupy doc forthcoming - one that digs into the issues and gives a more direct portrayal of the movement. That film is 99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film.

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