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Friday, May 26, 2006

Kevin Calls From St. Petersberg Russia

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We are getting several inquiries from individuals in foreign countries. Two of these individuals have called and left messages. Kevin called and got through so I asked if he'd like to be interviewed. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

AFTF To Open Across America July 28th

Cannes Premiere Gets Standing Ovation
To Open Across America July 28

CANNES, FRANCE – Aaron Russo’s incendiary political documentary which exposes many of the governmental organizations and entities that have abridged the freedoms of U.S. 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.

Here's the link to the press release:

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

New AFTF Official Blog

See new official movie blog here.

New AFTF Official Trailer

The new official trailer for AMERICA: FREEDOM TO FASCISM from the film's distributor, Cinema Libre Studio, is available for sharing at You Tube.

Go to the YouTube page for code that allows you to host the trailer (2 minutes, 52 seconds) on your own blog or Web site. The feed comes directly from YouTube. Let's post it on as many blogs and other sites as possible. And don't forget to direct people back here to donate!

Conversation with Aaron Russo Today

Ilona Blakely and I spoke with Aaron Russo today. The screening of his film on the beach was "packed, fabulous, standing ovations." Late last week we heard that there have been as many as 30-40 brokers, buyers, agents attending pre-screenings of the film.

AFTF volunteers across the country are being contacted to expect and prepare for the opening of Aaron's film in a select group of major cities in the USA in late July.

Fred Smart - reporting Rate AFTF

"'America: From Freedom to Fascism' is a brilliant exposé on the corruptive nature of the Federal Reserve System and Internal Revenue Service. Unlike other documentarians who propose to stick it to the government with their questionable ammunition, writer/director Aaron Russo uses the greatest weapon of all to back up his arguments, and that is the U.S. Constitution itself. With the wisdom of the Founding Fathers on his side, and with a slate of knowledgeable personnel from various professions, Russo makes a case that stands up loud and strong. It is an angry film, filled with passion and seething with frustration."

Here's the link

Pictures From Cannes

See more photos here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Bill Stegmeier, Gene Chapman, Rich Hobson, Fred Smart, and Robert Ingle in Judge Roy Moore's Office

Click picture to enlarge.

Please view Judge Moore's commercial at this link.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Aaron Russo's Interview Last Night on Coast To Coast With George Noory

From Noory's site:

Taxes & the Erosion of Freedom

Former Libertarian presidential candidate and filmmaker, Aaron Russo, argued that the American system has become fascistic and that there is no specific law that mandates paying taxes on labor. The IRS claims the 16th Amendment gave them the right to impose taxes, yet eight different Supreme Court decisions said you couldn't use an amendment to tax people, he reported. Further, Russo noted that Americans' tax contributions end up merely paying interest on the national debt rather than for actual infrastructure and services.

Big government is controlling people through the Federal Reserve, which he suggested should be eliminated. Instead, he believes the government should return to printing money backed up by their own gold reserves. Russo expressed concerns that we are increasingly moving towards a one-world government, where all money will be digitized, and people will be as slaves to their controllers. It's time to "create a new paradigm," he urged, where citizens can take back the power that was originally secured for them in the Constitution. To that end, his new documentary, America: From Freedom to Fascism is a call to action.
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Monday, May 15, 2006

Comments From Gene Chapman About the Screening In Montgomery

...yesterday at the Foundation For Moral Law in Montgomery Alabama

Here's the link to a picture of Bill Stegmeier, Gene Chapman, Rich Hobson, Fred Smart, and Robert Ingle in Judge Roy Moore's Office

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Listen to Aaron Russo LIVE on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory!

Monday, May 15th from 11pm-2am (PST)

Tune in to the show and call in to support Aaron as he discusses his new film, America: Freedom to Fascism. Aaron will cover subjects such as the IRS, RFID Chips, the National ID, the Federal Reserve, Fort Knox and the gold that belongs to Americans and other themes from the film.

Check the Coast to Coast website,, to find an affiliate station in your area.

We'd also like to announce the new America: Freedom to Fascism website! Visit the site for screening information, important news about the state of our nation, make yourself heard with our discussion boards, watch new trailers and clips from the film and spread the word with an eCard.



Financial Media Activist/Analyst Jim Puplava Interviews Aaron Russo

"Each one of us own our own life and we're free to do with as we wish as long as we don't commit violence, theft or fraud against another human being," - Aaron Russo

"Let's make America once again the place is once was...a beacon of light for freedom all over the world." - Aaron Russo

The interview was May 13th. Here's the link.

Private Screening For The Foundation for Moral Law

The private showing for Judge Roy Moore's staff at the Foundation for Moral Law takes place tomorrow in Judge Moore's office at 12:30 p.m. in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.


Aaron is scheduled to be on 101.1 FM in Birmingham, Alabama on Monday, May 15th at 3 p.m. Central Time. He will be talking with Matt Murphy on Birmingham's biggest talk station. - Gene Chapman reporting

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Blog Traffic Picking Up

Traffic at this blog is picking up. Thanks for stopping by and please continue to spread the word.

Aaron Russo On "Coast To Coast AM" This Mon May 15th

Former Libertarian presidential candidate and filmmaker, Aaron Russo will discuss his movie, "America: From Freedom To Fascism" and the IRS on "Coast To Coast AM with George Noorey". 10pm pacific and then replayed at 2:am pacific.

Listen on the internet.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime

More here.

Five Current and Future Pre-Screenings Cancelled

We just got word from Aaron this evening that 5 of the current and future pre-screenings of the movie have to be cancelled:


May 27 and 28, 2006
1000 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

Ventura California

When: June 2nd at 7:00 PM
Where: Washington School, Ventura, California
Phone for Information: 805-758-4446 e-Mail:


Friday, June 2nd • 7pm at the San Luis Obispo Public Library
Osos and Palm Street in San Luis Obispo, California
Capacity 135 people
call 805 544 9663 for details

Wilmington Delaware

Date: Sunday June 4, 2006
Time: 2:00 pm

1007 N. Orange Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Theatre "N" Contact:
Bev Zimmermann - 302-658-6070



In addition to the above there were pre-screening developments in Sedona Arizona and Fort Lauderdale Florida that had to be cancelled in the wake of this development.

The good news is that these screenings are being sacrificed so that the commercial theatre release of Aaron's movie will proceed. The buzz behind this movie has reached a level where the theatre chains are taking notice and are demanding that these pre-screenings stop.

To date, the organizers of these pre-screenings we have contacted have been very understanding and supportive of Aaron's decision. Aaron has offered to reminburse anyone for any expenses incurred.

Let us all hope and pray that Aaron's movie gets into one of the larger chains for it's premier somewhere in July.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Gene Chapman Promoting Movie In Alabama

Gene Chapman talks about an upcoming screening of the new Aaron Russo movie in Alabama.

Movie To Screen At Cannes On The Beach!

International Press will accompany festival goers at this sunset screening. Thank you to all of our contributors! Your donations have made the trip to Cannes possible. A truly global audience will see the film and the buzz from Cannes will further our national distribution. Keep the donations coming as there is much to do in getting this film shown across the globe!

Man Tells Dylan Avery About Aaron Russo

Between minutes 6 and 7 in this video, a man in the audience talks about Aaron Russo and his new movie. More here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Salt Lake City May 17th Pre-Screening Filled to Capacity

Ticket distribution will begin at 6:00 PM (one hour prior to show time). Those not claiming their reservations by 6:45 PM will lose them. Taking our cue from Southwest airlines… all reserved seats will be opened to anyone in the standby line. In less than two weeks after announcing the Salt Lake City screening we are full. Currently all seats (575) have been reserved.

For more information click here .

Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?

Just in case you were wondering "why Freedom To Fascism?" Henry Nicolle, who's running for Congress in California's 24th District, has some answers which you can review at this link.

Henry is organizing the pre-screening on June 2nd in Ventura, CA at 7:00 pm. Go to this link for details.

Northwestern University's Sigma Chi Fraternity Exposed to FTF

I just got of the phone with Peter Schoenbach (sp) who's the local Chairman of the local Sigma Chi House Corporation as well as chairman of the chapter alumni association. Peter graduated from Northwetern in 1979. He originally saw the screening of Aaron's movie on March 18th in St. Charles, Illinois. Last night he dragged 1-2 student members of Sigma Chi to see the screening of Aaron's movie downtown Chicago sponsored by the Illinois/Chicago Libertarian Party. Tonight the entire Sigma Chi house along with alumni members on their local email list have been invited to a private pre-screening of Aaron's movie in the Sigma Chi house on the campus of Northwestern University. Peter and the students are extremely excited about the prospects of this movie being shown, before the year is out, to a very large audience of students and faculty members. As a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraturnity - both SAE and Sigma Chi national fraturnities are headquartered here in Evanston, Illinois - I have contacted the local house leadership and will be visiting with them and encouraging 1-2 members to attend the screening which will take place tonight at 7 pm, 2249 Sheridan Road, in the Sigma Chi house.

Fred Smart - reporting

Comments from a 21 Year Retired Navy Serviceman

"Fred, I am the Political Action Chairman for the Constitution Party of Illinois and as you are probably aware, our State Chairman Randall Stufflebeam ( is running for Governor in the most corrupt state in our republic. I would like permission to show this film following each and every one of his appearances. A total of three members, all officers of our party, will be responsible for ensuring the integrity of the films copyright."

"I look forward to your reply. Please feel free to contact me via my cell at your convenience."

Don R Hawley USN, (Ret.)

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Biggest Scam In History

Just in case you didn't know the Federal Reserve is a private company of bankers with twelve branch banks that confiscate our money and they have been doing this for almost a hundred years,--- this time!� They are not part of the United States Government.� Yet today they collect hundreds of billions of dollars from American taxpayers every year.

Pay attention now, you're about to read about the biggest and most successful scam in History.


Ventura California Screening Set for June 2, 2006

When: June 2nd at 7:00 PM

Where: Washington School, Ventura, California
Phone for Information: 805-758-4446 e-Mail:


Wilmington Delaware Screening Set for June 4, 2006

Date: Sunday June 4, 2006

Time: 2:00 pm

1007 N. Orange Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801


Theatre "N" Contact:
Bev Zimmermann - 302-658-6070

To reserve your seats please email William A. Shields at:

Link to flyer

May 17th Salt Lake City Screening Close to Capacity

A group of incredibly organized & energized individuals in the greater SLC area are very close to filling to capacity a 500+ seat theatre for this screening. For more information click here .

Blog Traffic Picking Up

Traffic to this blog is picking up. Thank you very much and please continue to spread the word.

The Money Masters Pt. 1

Thanks to anonymous in reader comments.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Libertarian Party of Illinois Screening

America: Freedom to Fascism - Tuesday May 9, 2006 - 6 pm

The Libertarian Party of Chicago is hosting this event at:

Goose Island Brewing Company
1800 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL


Devvy Kidd Screens/Reviews FTF

"America: From Freedom to Fascism is a powerful presentation. As a documentary, Aaron begins with questions and then embarks upon a journey of seeking the truth. He plays no favorites, he doesn't endorse any one group over another. The sequence begins with the voluntary nature of the federal income tax and segues into each major component being plemented to take over America for the world elite. The interviews with former IRS agents to Americans who have been acquitted by juries who could see through the deception are captured and presented in a balanced manner. One interview that is especially powerful is that of Marcella Brooks who was the jury fore person for Whitey Harrell's tax trial. I have had the distinct honor of meeting and getting to know this remarkable woman who has more courage than any hundred members of Congress."

Click here for more

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Dave Champion Talks About Russo Movie

Listen here.

Lone Lantern Google Video About Russo Movie

Screenings Will End on June 15th

Aaron Russo informed me on Friday that screenings will be ending with Congressman Ron Paul's screening which will take place on Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 15th. Aaron is planning to attend that screening.

There's a pretty good chance that we'll be putting together another public screening at a larger venue - either the day prior or following Congressman Paul's event. If this can be put together, I believe Aaron is planning on attending this event, too.

A Wilmington Delaware screening is alreay set for June 4th - details will follow.

One reason behind ending the screenings is that we are getting closer to the official premier of the movie - which I believe will be in one of the major national market centers such as NY, LA, DC, Chicago, etc.


The other reason Aaron's decision is that the focus is going to shift to the actual implementation and organization of a nationwide network of liberty/freedom loving individuals throughout our country and the world who want to promote a grassroots public awareness of the movie and the calls to public activism and ACTION to bring attention and resolution to the following issues:

Primary Objectives

* Stop the polarization of America
* Stop the domination of the Democratic and Republican parties over our political system
* Shut down the Federal Reserve system
* Return America's gold to Fort Knox and have it audited
* Have Congress and the IRS, in a public forum, reveal the law that requires Americans to pay a direct, unapportioned tax on their labor.
* Make computerized voting illegal in all 50 states
* Keep the internet free and out of the control of large institutions
* Rescind the law called the Real ID Act so Americans never have to carry a National ID Card
* Make it illegal to implant RFID chips in human beings
* Educate juries to the fact that they have the right to determine the law as well as the facts of a case
* Educate juries to the fact that they are not obligated to follow the instructions of a judge
* Stop Globalization because it is the path to a one world government
* Protect our borders
* Restore the environment
* Put an end to the Patriot Act
* Sign up millions of Americans so we can accomplish our objectives

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a county, state or regional coordinator of this effort please go to the main website and register your information; or you can also email us at or call 888-606-9379. More details behind this will follow.

Fred Smart - reporting

Friday, May 05, 2006

Slave Freedom Event Film Promotion

There is a concern from the film distributor that the novel sandwich board approach we want to take in Washington D.C. at the Slave Freedom Event (July 2-4) will get news coverage that will become a story in itself and because the film is not opening there, that may create a synergy problem. Thus, we are asked not to promote the film at that time and place.

Thus, we will promote other materials at the Slave Freedom Event (See: may get coverage by the press unrelated to the movie but promoting the same agenda.

Fred says that June 15th will be the last pre-screening, done by Ron Paul in Washington D. C. Gene Chapman.

Audioblog Report By Gene Chapman

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Potential Chicago Mayor Bill "Doc" Walls Attends Private Chicago Screening

Last night we got a surprise visit from Bill Walls - they call him "Doc" - who's making a bid to run against Daley in the upcoming Mayoral election. This may seem to be an impossible - ie. wishful - task, but with former Governor George Ryan recently found guilty on all counts and federal corruption investigations well underway against Mayor just never know what could happen here in Chicago.

Bill attended the screening with his lovely wife, Pamela, and one or two of his campaign associates. After the screening, we invited him to speak to the group of some 20+ individuals in attendance. He voiced his support of Aaron, Aaron's movie and the central points about the growing trend toward government-corporate fascism as covered in the film. Bill is a very articulate, well-dressed, well-educated individual who's is no stranger to the history and issues covered by Aaron's film.

Afterward I conferenced Aaron into a call with Bill Walls and one of the individuals who invited Bill to the screening. Aaron and Bill seemed to hit it off very well on the phone and Aaron committed to coming to Chicago to work in support of Bill's candidacy for mayor.

I personally volunteered to support Bill Walls campaign. I asked him if he was willing to set a great precendent in support of transparency and accountability of goverment - ie. agree to be video'd while working as mayor. He answered by saying that he's already gone on record as having said that he would be willing to have a video camera record every interaction and event in his office - LIVE - while he was mayor. He even went so far as to say that he'd agree to be video recorded while he was out of the office, etc.

Here's "Doc's" website:

I don't live in Chicago, but Bill certainly has my "vote".

Pretty amazing evening. A very influential black minister and some of his people were also in attendance at the screening. Aaron spoke with this gentleman prior to the screening as well as today.

Fred Smart - reporting

Aquitted of Income-Tax Evasion Charges

A Bay Shore accountant has been acquitted of income-tax evasion charges after he filed returns for 36 clients claiming that salaries cannot be legally taxed.

Audio Report From Gene Chapman

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Gene says he's on his way down to Austin, Texas to meet with Libertarian candidate for Congress Michael Badnarik. Gene also relays some news from Fred Smart from the private screening of the movie in Chicago last night.

Blog Traffic Climbing

Traffic at this blog is climbing.

Please spread the word and get all Russo volunteers to this blog to talk it up and brainstorm ideas and drive more traffic to this blog and the website.

Stay tuned for all the news regarding the new Aaron Russo movie here at this blog.

Thank you for your support.

New Screening Page on Main Site

Here's the link

Note the link to the "Screening Blog" which is the blog you are reading.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Libertarian Party of Illinois Screening

America: Freedom to Fascism - Tuesday May 9, 2006 - 6 pm

The Libertarian Party of Chicago and Skokie Liberty Dollar are proud to host a private screening of this hard-hitting expose' which was originally screened and sponsored by the We the People Congress and Foundation.

Aaron Russo, producer of "Trading Places" and "The Rose", and 2004 Libertarian
Presidential contender has crafted a documentary that exposes the workings of
our government like no other film has dared.

DON'T MISS THIS FILM!You'll be surprised. You'll be shocked. You'll be mad as hell!
There is no charge for this screening, but seating is limited for this one-time-only screening so RSVP to guarantee your seat today!

The Libertarian Party of Chicago is hosting this event at:

Goose Island Brewing Company
1800 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL


Ample free parking is available as is public transportation via the CTA "Red
Line" Food and beverages will be available for ordering off the menu at attendee's
expense.Web Sites for further information:

RSVP to chair@lpillin

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

New Design At Website

New trailer added plus call to action.

See newly redesigned webstite here.

Private Chicago Screening Tomorrow Night

21 East Chestnut
24th Floor
Chicago, Illinois

7 pm

We have limited space for only 30-40

Please call 888-606-9379 to secure your place

The requirements for future screenings are as follows:

All three of the following must be confirmed before a screening copy of the DVD will be shipped:

1) A theatre venue of preferrably 300 seats - give or take 50-100.

2) An official date.

3) DVD projection equipment.

If you or anyone you know would like to organize a pre-screening of Aaron Russo's movie, please contact me at this email us at or the following number 888-606-9379

Monday, May 01, 2006

America: From Freedom to Fascism FREE pre-screening in Salt Lake City

Aaron Russo's new film, America: From Freedom to Fascism will be showing May 17th at 7:00 PM in Salt Lake City at the Jordan Commons Megaplex 17 - 9400 South State Street - Sandy, Utah. Reserve your free tickets by sending an e-mail with your name and e-mail address to: - First come, First Served. (limit 2 tickets per e-mail address)

Read article here.