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Take the time and watch this, the full speech of Dinesh D'Souza from the CPAC livestream


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I like his viewpoint.  Nicely done.

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Very articulate. I particularly enjoy the analogy of Barry the messiah atempting to raise his father from the red soil of Africa.
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Excellent way to explain some of the unknowns in the plethora of unknowns yet to know.

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Not sure if viewers are picking up the trailer of the upcoming movie at the beginning of this speech.

The film, 2016, will be released this summer, and is being produced by the same guy that produced Braveheart and Shawshank. 

Game changer? Let's hope so

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who, the guy named Steven McEveety, (SP?), or Gerald Molen, if that is one of them, both do really great movies, as also does Mel Gibson....   I am related to William Wallace, I think he was my 26th or 24th ggggggggrandfather on the Scottish/English side of my families.  William Wallace/Braveheart was a hero of mine.

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2016 Teaser


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The Obama 2016 web site is up and running.

Spread the word...scheduled release next month.

http://2016themovie.com/
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2016 Obama's America: Trailer 3

Trailer for the feature film 2016 Obama's America coming out this summer.


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Choosing the dream

Jennifer Harper asks, can Americans discern between the "dreams" of Barack Obama and those of the Founding Fathers? The makers of the upcoming documentary film "2016: Obama’s America" hope so. "I’ve got a strong desire to defend against the changes in our culture, our life, our laws, our freedom. We now have someone in office who has professed a desire for change, and this has disturbed me," producer Gerald R. Molen tells Inside the Beltway.

Mr. Molen, 77, is the Hollywood heavyweight and Oscar-winning producer behind "Schindler’s List," "Rain Man,"and "Jurassic Park" among many other blockbusters. But he prefers life in Montana to that in Tinseltown, and as a former U.S. Marine, he has a strong memory of a traditional, cheerful, can-do America. He’s also not too keen on Mr. Obama’s penchant to "go around Congress," among other things.

"We don’t have an imperial presidency. He’s not the king," Mr. Molen says.

Above all, he hopes the film will jar a passive audience with proof of the political and cultural change that may not be for the better in the long run.

"I hope people find out that it’s time to do their own research, get involved and ask this question: What kind of country do we want?" the producer says, predicting that public reaction to the project "will come alive" once the film is released nationwide July 27. The documentary itself is based on conservative author Dinesh D'Souza’s best-seller "The Roots of Obama’s Rage," published last year.

"All Americans want the same kind of country. Being united would be wonderful. But we’re divided now, and it’s frightening," Mr. Molen says.

Is there similar fare to come -- perhaps another documentary meant to detect dangerous fissures in the bedrock of America?

"I hope it’s not necessary for me to stay in this genre. But if the need arises, I’m there. I’ll stand up," Mr. Molen says.


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Dinesh was on GBTV tonight.  Replay the program from the GBTV website if you are a Glenn Beck fan.  He talked at great length about the movie.
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Obama documentary featuring half brother George opens big at box office

Paul Bond is reporting that "2016: Obama's America," a documentary critical of Barack Obama, featuring an interview with his half brother, opened in a single theater in Texas over the weekend.

Despite alleged complaints from some consumers who were upset with the film's content, it grossed an estimated $31,750, a strong showing for any independent release.

The film, 2016: Obama's America, based on conservative author Dinesh D'Souza's book The Roots of Obama's Rage, had a free, promotional screening at Edwards Houston Marq'E Stadium 23 & Imax on Thursday. Management had planned to show it in one of its medium-sized auditoriums, but bumped it to one the multiplex's largest rooms and turned away 200 people.
 
Sources say some moviegoers sat in the aisles Thursday and waited as much as 90 minutes to meet D'Souza and Gerald Molen, one of the Oscar-winning producers of Schindler's List, who was a co-producer of 2016 along with Doug Sain. For some of its regular showings over the weekend, the theater offered 2016 on multiple screens, including three sold-out auditoriums for the 7 p.m. Friday showing.
 
The management at the Regal Entertainment-owned theater did receive some complaints over its decision to present 2016. "The theater manager said they received a lot of phone calls from people arguing they shouldn't show the movie," Sain said. "His response was, ‘We don't make movies, we just show them.' "
 
According to Sain, the manager compared the reaction to 2016 to that of Fahrenheit 9/11, but said it was not as dramatic as some complaints over The Passion of the Christ that same year. The manager told Sain that during the controversial Mel Gibson film people went into the theater to try to disrupt the film and that it was necessary to have security remove them.
 
"So they weren't flying by the seat of their pants with 2016. They know how to respond to controversy," Sain said.
 
Regal spokesman Russ Nunley said some people "were around the box office wearing pro Obama tees to express their view." But he said the protest was "very low key and not confrontational." He also said theater managers received "many positive comments thanking them for playing the film."
 
At the Houston theater over the weekend, only The Amazing Spider-Man and Ice Age: Continental Drift grossed more than 2016, according to Sain.
 
"We're getting tremendous media coverage and box office results. More than, frankly, we ever hoped for," Sain said. "We thought we'd be really lucky with $15,000 for the entire week, but we doubled that in just this weekend."
 
2016 had been scheduled to expand to 120 theaters on July 27, but Sain said he's confident that Rocky Mountain Pictures can bump it to about 400 theaters given the initial popularity of the film.


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Reviews starting to come in and probably not what you would expect

byGym44 says "2016" completely surprised me. I thought it would be an emotional exhortation to get out the vote against Obama. Instead it was a factual, unemotional documentary of Obama's life and cutlural influences. If what Obama is actually doing to our country wasn't so distructive to our nation's heritage, economy and culture one might even come away feeling somewhat empathetic to Obama's goals and dreams. At the very least one will take the objective truths of Obama's anti-colonialist influences learned first hand from his father, and mentors who were card carrying communits, Weather Underground radicals, and the like. He detests what America is and stands for; the change he wants to briing is to destroy that cultural heritage.

The film answers the question abouit Obama's birth.

What will America look like in 2016 if Obama is re-elected?  That is the producers' question that he leaves with the viewers to consider.

"2016: Obama's America" film packs Hollywood's Harmony Gold theater

Bloomberg says demand for the film continues to grow from major cities and small towns alike and producer Doug Sain promises that the filmmakers will make every effort to meet demand: "We're often asked if the film will be coming to my local theater," remarked Doug. "The answer is: sure. It's all about demand. Although we are only scheduled to be in around 400 theaters that can quickly change as  theater owners hear from the public who want to see a film. We'll be in asmany theaters as the people want us to be in."

"Love him or hate him, you don't know him."  2016: Obama's America is the definitive account of how one man's past could redefine a nation and where we will be in 2016 if Obama remains in the White House.

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Anti-Obama movie stuns Hollywood

Nikki Fink is reporting that because of Friday’s very weak box office, there won’t be any clarity behind the Top 10 film rankings until Saturday morning. As predicted Millenium/Lionsgate’s The Expendables 2 will finish in first place Friday and this weekend. It’s followed by Universal’s The Bourne Legacy in second place and the Rocky Mountain Pictures’ documentary 2016 Obama’s America in third place after starting out Friday #1.

That’s  stunning because it’s playing in a 1/3 less theaters across North American than the other wide release actioners. (See here for more details). However, its hot pre-sales have made the pic frontloaded, and its ranking will fall steeply by end of Sunday. But its new cume after this weekend could make it the #1 conservative documentary (ahead of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed’s $7.7M). The success of the anti-Obama pic comes on the eve of the Republican National Convention August 27-30.

This is turning into the weakest weekend of  Summer 2012 especially for new movies (with the exception of 2016 Obama’s America).


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Review of 2016: Obama's America

Matthew May says at the conclusion of his film 2016: Obama's America, producer and star (or featured narrator, if you will) Dinesh D'Souza asks viewers whether we will pursue the American dream or Barack Obama's dream.
 
That dream, as D'Souza argues, is the defeat of oppressive colonialism that manifested itself in the rise of the United States as the dominant world power at the expense of the third world.  In short, Obama seeks to right the wrongs identified by the most radical Communist sympathizers and activists of the post-World War II world, with Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. chief among them.  D'Souza, utilizing Obama's first autobiography, Dreams from My Father, takes viewers along for a journey into Obama's upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia, and then to his alleged self-discovery in Kenya at his father's grave.
 
One aspect of the film that D'Souza may or may not have intended to come across is the fact that Obama's childhood story is actually quite sad.  As the movie restates, Obama was shuffled about from Hawaii, Indonesia, and back to Hawaii.  His father abandoned him and his mother to gallivant in North America and at Harvard, fathering several children by different women, all the while abusing some of those women and drinking heavily.  D'Souza portrays the elder Obama as a frighteningly selfish and irresponsible lout.
 
Obama at times lived with his mother and her husband, Lolo Soetoro, in Indonesia.  Interestingly, as D'Souza points out, Soetoro worked for an oil firm and was virulently anti-communist.  However, Obama's mother rejected Soetoro and made it plain that Obama Senior's politics were honorable, Soetoro's dishonorable.
 
After a time, young Obama was shipped back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents there.  Obama never really had a foundational home base, and his childhood brings to mind the term dislocated.  In many respects, Obama was a lost little boy.
 
Along the way and throughout his life, as D'Souza shows, Obama has had a string of surrogates influencing him, people D'Souza calls "Obama's Founding Fathers."  These include the Communist writer and activist Frank Marshall Davis, terrorist Bill Ayers, anti-Israeli crank Edward Said, Jeremiah Wright, and Brazilian Communist professor Roberto Unger.  This series of father figures were in and out of his life at various intervals.  The common thread among them, unfortunately, is that they marinated the young man in the swill of Marxist, anti-colonial propaganda, endorsed by the near-mystical specter of his missing father, that can be diluted thusly: the United States of America represents the greatest threat to mankind in the world and must be taken down.
 
D'Souza argues that Obama's policies can be easily traced to this worldview.  Critics will no doubt huff that D'Souza is engaging in ridiculous pop psychology, particularly in his attempt to parallel his own experiences with colonialism in India to those of some of Obama's surrogates and of Obama's father.  Perhaps.  Yet the contempt with which Obama has treated Great Britain (notably his attempts to link his grandfather as a "servant" to the U.K. and opposition to Great Britain concerning the Falklands) and Israel, and his tacit and overt support for radical Islamic actions in the Middle East as the work of freedom-fighters, makes D'Souza's assertions compelling.  So do, D'Souza argues, Obama's actions concerning the winnowing of the American nuclear arsenal to ostensibly level the nuclear playing field while dangerous governments in Russia, North Korea, and Iran increase their weaponry.  It is the implementation of the theories expressed by Obama's father, Davis, and many of the president's surrogates.
 
D'Souza assembled an impressive roster of interviewees for the film, including AT contributor Paul Kengor, author Shelby Steele, scholar Daniel Pipes, Obama's half-brother in Kenya, and many others who deliver their insights into Obama's background and his policy choices from a number of different perspectives.  Pipes sums things up succinctly when saying of Obama, "He doesn't think well of America."
 
D'Souza also includes conversations along his travels with lesser-known figures who knew Obama's father well and were acquainted with Obama's mother in Hawaii, as well as a specialist in the psychological aspects of children of absentee fathers.  D'Souza mentions that the Brazilian Communist and Harvard professor Unger declined to be interviewed for the film; it would have been interesting to know other names from the left D'Souza attempted to get on camera.
 
Political reporters and commentators who participated in the mythmaking of the 2008 campaign and afterward should, after seeing this film, leave the theater kicking themselves for a missed golden opportunity.  Had a one of them put into practice a third of the investigative scrutiny D'Souza applied to Obama's background, he or she could have gained everlasting fame and fortune.  He or she would have also rendered a great service to his or her country, regardless of whether the electorate would have heeded the warning.
 
D'Souza's movie is significant and engrossing.  The tactic of taking Obama's words in his book Dreams from My Father is keen.  D'Souza leaves alone the very real possibility that Ayers wrote or re-wrote large portions of Dreams, though if he had pursued that line, it would have led back, as AT contributor Jack Cashill has demonstrated, to one of the "Obama Founding Fathers."
 
While one can look upon Obama's childhood and upbringing as sad tale, it is also true that he is a child of privilege who was afforded a lavish education from high school on.  As D'Souza argues, Obama realized that Americans of goodwill were willing to help him advance -- in college, in law school, in politics -- and he capitalized on that help to present himself as a figure of unity while harboring the resentments of his surrogates.  He had his chances, and he made his choices.
 
Obama chose to associate with, study under, emulate, and work alongside the worst this nation has to offer.  D'Souza's film is but a visual version of what readers of this site have known for years: Barack Obama may be a natural-born American citizen, and he may be the American president.  He may be from America, but he is not of America.  Neither is his dream.


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2016:  The Movie

John Hinderaker says this afternoon my wife, our 16-year-old daughter and I went to see Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016 at a nearby theater. I believe the film opened here yesterday; the crowd was about average for 5:00 on a Saturday afternoon. The movie is very good. It has several virtues, starting with the fact that it is only an hour and a half long. (These days there is no premise so slight, no theme so insubstantial, no plot so thin but what the film takes 2 1/2 hours or more to unroll.)

2016 is beautifully shot and edited, as you would expect from a film that is produced by the same guy, Gerald Molen, who produced such movies as Rain Man, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List. It is actually entertaining, a quality not achieved by every documentary. My 16-year-old enjoyed it, so I think its appeal will be broad. Dinesh D’Souza, who appears frequently and is the principal narrator (Barack Obama is the other narrator) is a likable figure, and the similarities and contrasts he draws between himself and Obama are revealing and effective. It would be a great thing if many millions of people see 2016, as it would tell most people a great deal that they do not already know about our president. Here is the trailer:

I have not read D’Souza’s book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, on which 2016 is based, but I have heard Dinesh lecture on it twice. In a nutshell, his theory is that Obama’s world-view can best be understood by reading his memoir, Dreams From My Father, and taking it seriously. Barack Obama Jr., Dinesh argues, has assumed the anti-colonialist, anti-Western, anti-American, anti-free enterprise perspective of his father, which explains much of his otherwise-puzzling conduct as president.

I think Dinesh is on to something here, and his premise helps explain, for example, why Obama returned Churchill’s bust, backs Argentina in the conflict over the Falklands, and tilts toward the Palestinians. My question about Dinesh’s theory is whether it explains the essence of Obama’s philosophy, or is more of a footnote, or, put another way, the icing on the cake. Without doubt, Obama’s rather tortured youth is an important part of his persona. His bigamist father, an “intellectual” who was in fact a repellent alcoholic poseur, abandoned his family when Barack Jr. was an infant, and Barack only saw him once thereafter. Further, Obama’s upbringing in Indonesia and Hawaii no doubt lends a certain exoticism to his thinking.

But do we really need Barack Obama Sr. to account for his son’s hostility toward America and its traditional beliefs and values? I don’t think so. Obama came of age, over a period of decades, in an environment that can charitably be described as hard-left. His father and mother were both socialists or worse. His maternal grandfather selected a mentor for young Barry who was a long-time member of the Communist Party USA. The socialist New Party listed him as a member. His friend, colleague and fundraiser Bill Ayers is a terrorist who says he wishes he had set off more bombs. His college professor Edward Said was the leading intellectual voice of those who want Israel destroyed. His law school mentor Roberto Unger was too far left for Brazil’s socialist party, and was sent back to Harvard, where he declined all interviews lest he endanger Obama’s electoral prospects. The minister who converted him to Christianity was Jeremiah “Gad damn America” Wright. You can go on and on.

My point is that the cornerstone belief of 20th and 21st century American leftism is that the United States is too rich and too powerful. This is not a perspective that is unique to Barack Obama; rather, it is common to essentially every modern American leftist. (I say this in part based on personal experience and observation.) To take just one of countless examples, Hillary Clinton marinated in the view that America needs to be cut down to size just as much as Obama did.

That being the case, Obama’s efforts in office to weaken America are consistent not just with his father’s ideology, but with the entire culture of American leftism. That he is no outlier is demonstrated by the fact that essentially the entire Democratic Party has cheered everything he has done in office, from trying to socialize health care to apologizing overseas for the U.S. So in my view, Obama’s unique background and his tortured relationship with his absent father do help to explain some otherwise-puzzling actions, like returning Churchill’s bust. But they are not needed to account for the broader failure of his administration’s policies. Put another way, the oft-stated belief that Hillary Clinton would have been a materially better president is wrong.

Of course, that doesn’t address the ultimate point of D’Souza’s movie: what will happen if we give Obama another four years? Obama’s urging Russia’s president to tell Vladimir Putin that in a second term he will have more “flexibility”–flexibility to sell out American interests, apparently, or what was the point?–is chilling. It certainly could be that in a second term, Obama’s anti-colonialist (i.e., anti-you and me) impulses could be fully unleashed, in a way that would make his first term look successful by comparison. Let’s not take that chance! If you haven’t seen 2016, I am pretty sure you will enjoy it, and if your undecided friends haven’t seen it, they should.


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Obama haunts fright night at the movies

Three movies, three views of Obama. All frightening. All justly so.

Quin Hillyer says one walks away from the movie 2016: Obama's America, the growing box-office bonanza by Dinesh D'Souza and Gerald Molen, wondering why in tarnation it took so long for anybody to put Barack Obama's views into their proper context. Then again, 2016 provides only part of the context; another important part of it came four years ago, when Citizens United released Hype: The Obama Effect -- a powerful but far-too-little seen piece of film-making that nailed much of the essential Obama before the misery of the past four years, while indeed predicting a fair amount of what The Self-Anointed One has inflicted upon this fair land of ours. This week, Citizens United completes the circle with The Hope and the Change, which features a one-hour collage of ordinary citizens, Obama supporters in 2008 and almost all Democrats (with a few independents thrown in), who now are experiencing severe buyer's remorse.

All three perspectives are important. All three pound home the message that Barack Obama never should have gotten anywhere near the Oval Office.

Let's start with the box office hit, 2016. D'Souza, a brilliant conservative controversialist of long standing, and Molen, the producer of Schindler's List, Rain Man, Jurassic Park, and other popular movies, have done a superb job presenting D'Souza's thesis that Obama is motivated primarily by an (outdated) "anti-colonialist" worldview that sees the United States as a deeply flawed nation that needs to be tamed from without or, in this case, from within. They posit that far too little attention has been paid to the themes from Dreams from My Father, Obama's semi-fictionalized, rather pretentious autobiography. Too little also is commonly made, according to this thesis, of the marked "otherness" of Obama's childhood away from the U.S. mainland, both in Hawaii and in Indonesia.

While D'Souza's armchair psychologizing may be a little too speculative for some tastes, it should be almost beyond debate that Obama idolized a mythic image of his father (he pretty much says so in Dreams) -- and that he made a conscious decision to adopt some of his late father's (presumed) resentments.

While 2016 does not prove its case in a fashion airtight enough to withstand rigorous academic peer review (for instance), it more than persuades a fair-minded viewer that Obama's outlook on the United States is rather alien to that held by a reasonably solid majority of Americans. (It probably was once not just a reasonably solid majority, but an overwhelming one -- but some our populace has not been as well rooted in our wise and humane traditions as we all once were.) This man Occupying the Oval Office is, in short, not a lover of America but one bent on radically remaking America. As such, he is profoundly dangerous.

By some lights, oddly enough, D'Souza might be being too generous to Obama. So eager is the author to shoehorn the winner of the Nobel Prize for Outsized Arrogance (or was it some other category?) into the "anti-colonialist" construct that he neglects some other key elements of Obama's background and worldview. Interestingly enough, Hype: The Obama Effect does the converse: It quite explicitly said early on that the key to understanding Obama is not to look in Hawaii, Indonesia, or Kenya, but instead to look to Chicago. Back when the rest of the media was trying to explain away and mostly ignore the Obama connections with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, crooked financier Tony Rezco, and domestic terrorists William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Citizens United was not only digging deep into these sickening Obama ties, but putting them (and others) into the context of a truly radicalized, hard-left worldview. Mixed in with all of this, the movie rightly notes, is the (Lucifer-inspired) anarcho-troublemaking of yet another Chicagoan, Saul Alinsky.

Methinks Hype was a powerful and farsighted piece of work in 2008, but it also missed a few things: first, it gave short shrift to the realm mined so well by D'Souza, namely Obama's childhood and his father's roots; second, it also seemed uninterested in Obama's experiences at Columbia, where he probably first encountered Ayers and Dohrn and where he almost certainly fell under the sway of Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, whose evil strategy for forced governmental debt overload seems to be incorporated into Obama's fiscal policies.

But put Hype and 2016 together and watch them back to back, and -- even allowing for the exaggerated impact of a the talented propagandist's art -- the viewer can't help but be struck by just how strange and, well, not-American (as distinguished from the loaded "un-American") Obama is. He also comes across as woefully ill-prepared for the presidency, even if one does give him the benefit of the doubt for his worldview and intentions.

Into this maw enters The Hope and the Change, receiving its grand premiere this week in conjunction with the Republican National Convention. When the media didn't do its job in 2008, and perhaps some voters also willingly let themselves be fooled, the majority of Americans did indeed grab for the "hope" offered by Obama's vapid slogan. Citizens United has rounded up a host of these former Obama voters who really regret the ballot choice they made in 2008. The interviews with them provide a very practical, real-world grounding for the sometimes hyper-theoretical themes of the other two movies.

Herewith, a very few selected quotes from those interviewed in movie: "When I hear the phrase 'hope and change,' I definitely feel 'bait and switch.'" It was "false hope." "It's kind of like buyer's remorse." In his golfing and his hobnobbing in Hollywood, among other things, "Obama now is all about Obama." Unlike what happened with banks and car companies, "Nobody comes around to help bail me out." "I don't know where this money [government spending under Obama] is going." "I don't think that I got what I was expecting."

Well, of course not. That was the point of Obama's sloganeering: to put a honeyed glaze on the sour recipe he was actually cooking up for us. In that effort, of course, he had the absurdly fawning help of the establishment media. One little snippet, early in the Hope and the Change, captures just this aspect of the story of how Obama was inflicted upon us. It was election night, 2008, and Brian Williams of NBC came back from a break with words so crazily over the top as exceed even Dan Rather's exultation during the 1992 Clinton victory night that "this is all so exciting, my ear wax is popping out." Said Williams: "[This is] the most exciting and important election night in several lifetimes."

Yes, lifetimes. Talk about "hype!" One can only hope we change from this sort of idiocy long before 2016. The dreams from Obama's father are a nightmare for most of us, a nightmare played out in everyday lives, not just on the silver screen.


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"2016: Obama's America" expanding into 1,800 theaters

Todd Cunningham is reporting that "2016: Obama's America," the documentary that has rocked the box office with its challenge to Barack Obama's record, will expand to about 1,800 theaters on Friday, Rocky Mountain Pictures told TheWrap Monday night.
 
That's up from the 1,091 theaters it played in over the weekend, when it took in $6.2 million between Friday and Sunday for a per-screen average of $5,940 -- the best of any film in wide release. It added another $1.2 million at the box office Monday.
 
Produced for roughly $2.1 million, the film -- with its catchphrase, "Love Him. Hate Him. You Don't Know Him" -- has made $10.3 million since its release seven weeks ago and has surpassed "Bully" as the year's top-earning documentary.
 
The expansion will surely benefit from the buzz surrounding the ongoing Republican National Convention. Part of it will target the Heartland, a primary focus of the long-term rollout strategy according to MJM Entertainment's Mark Joseph, who is handling the film's marketing with co-director John Sullivan.
 
Theaters also will be added in New York, Portland, Los Angeles, Boston, Austin, Tex., and San Francisco. Joseph was still analyzing Monday's box-office numbers and said the expansion count remained fluid.
 
Based on conservative author Dinesh D'Souza's book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage," the documentary purports to show what the nation will be like should Barack Obama be re-elected, and includes an interview with the president's half brother, George Obama.
 
Co-directors Sullivan and D'Souza, along with producers Gerald Molen and Doug Sain, are in Tampa, Fla., for the GOP gathering.


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Americans are still asking -- "who is this guy?"

Bryan Preston of PJM and PJTV talks with John Sullivan, one of the executive producers of the hit documentary "2016: Obama's America," at the 2012 GOP Convention in Tampa.


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Went to see the movie today, the only day it was showing in my county.  They had four showings ... two matinees, one early evening, and one late evening.  We went to the early evening showing.  It was in a very large theater, and several hundred people showed up.  The local newspaper had a reporter there asking for comments as we came out.  Some people were actually stopping to make comments, which is brave in the very progressive community of Santa Barbara.

My impression of the movie was on a couple of different levels.  Visually, as a theatrical presentation, it was excellent.  The soundtrack was interesting and the movie flowed well.  The 1 hr 27 minutes passed very quickly.  As for content, much of what was in the movie has been presented here on TOF.  There were some surprises, however, with little details that I had missed over the years.  The main message of the movie, that BHO is a staunch anti-colonialist, driven to make reparations to the rest of the world for America's past colonial indiscretions, rang true.  Surprising to me, because I have focused mostly on his progressive tendencies.

I would recommend to anyone who hasn't seen it, to do so while it's still available.  I realize that it's on a limited release and might mean a drive, but it's worth it.  We drove just over an hour, and my family and I weren't disappointed.  If nothing else, it is thought-provoking and good fodder for lively discussions.  My son, who is 22, was one of the youngest viewers in the audience.

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Saw the movie yesterday. Excellent. D'Souza took a "soft-ball" approach to 'understanding' Obama's anti-American attitudes, but I think that will resonate better with many Americans. Obama and his Media have managed to convince many Americans that any criticism of Obama must be based on racism, not his incompetence, faulty Marxist economic & political theories, and failure to deliver on his promises.

D'Souza made excellent use of his own history and experience with anti-colonialism in explaining Obama's attitudes, almost sympathetic. A better approach to Democrats and independent fence-straddlers than open condemnation, no matter how well documented.

I highly recommend that every Patriot see this movie and encourage your friends that may support or be sympathetic to Obama to see it. The final message is Obama's policy 'failures' are intentional down-sizing of America's economy, standard of living, and influence in the world and the "re-distribution of wealth" is not just to the 'poor' or the Welfare Class here, but world-wide.

As the ads state: Love him or hate him, you don't know him. I think that is true for the vast majority of Americans (except readers here), and I hope this movie will change that.
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My local paper is a pay-to-view-online experience, so I posted the full article here from this link.  The most important item to me is the last line, that the theater has decided to extend the showing for a full week.  Amazing turnout in such a liberal progressive town - Santa Barbara.  Maybe there's hope yet.

Documentary '2016' Comes to SB
By EMILY PARKER, NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER

Movie-goers stream into the Arlington Theatre, where "2016: Obama's America," opened Friday.
CARMEN SMYTH/NEWS-PRESS PHOTOS
 
 
 

September 1, 2012 7:36 AM

It wasn't backed by any Hollywood movie studio. Reviews were mostly negative. It premiered in Houston, not Los Angeles or New York.

Yet, despite the unconventional release of "2016: Obama's America," the documentary is now among the most successful political documentaries of all time — and it doesn't show signs of cooling down ahead of the presidential election.

Santa Barbara residents got their first chance to watch the conservative film, which explores the roots of President Barack Obama's political views, Friday at the Arlington Theatre.

Locals coming out of the 5:40 p.m. showing Friday night showing generally gave the News-Press positive feedback.

"It was an eye-opening session," said Santa Barbara resident Roger Knox.

"It's something most people should look at before voting. Our kids and our grandkids are going to suffer if he's re-elected.

"He's attempting to change America in anti-colonial ways. (The movie) really exposes him for what he is: a full blown socialist."

Local John Dixon said "2016" was slow at first, but the last half picked up.

"The debt is really the scariest thing," Mr. Dixon said. "I think a storm is coming regardless of who wins the election."

"I don't know what took people so long," said Santa Barbara native Meredith Bowers as she came out of the movie. "Of course he's an anti-American president. ... I'm glad someone finally caught on."

The theater, which has a seating capacity of 2,000, was almost two-thirds full at the showing.

"It's opening fairly strong all things considered — that it's a Friday leading into a holiday weekend," said Alan Stokes, vice president of marketing for Metropolitan Theaters.

Mr. Stokes said he received several phone calls from locals requesting the documentary come to Santa Barbara.

Since the film was released in stages, the Arlington could not play the film until Friday, even though the documentary premiered in Houston at the end of July, Mr. Stokes said.

"This film was always on the radar," he said. "We always intended to show it in Santa Barbara, just not in the first two waves. This film is opening significantly strong. We'll see how it does through the weekend."

Santa Barbara is not the only city where "2016" seems to be doing well.

Last weekend, "2016" took in $6.5 million nationally and was ranked No. 7 at the domestic box office ahead of three new releases: the Joseph Gordon-Levitt action flick "Premium Rush," the Kristen Bell comedy "Hit and Run" and the Ashley Greene horror film "The Apparition."

"2016" already is the sixth overall highest grossing political documentary, behind four Michael Moore movies and former Vice President Al Gore's environmental film, "An Inconvenient Truth."

The film has continued to do well during the slower weekday period. Since last weekend, it earned an additional $5.9 million for a total of $12.4 million, placing No. 3 at the domestic box office on Wednesday.

Distributed by Salt Lake City-based Rocky Mountain Pictures, "2016" was directed by Dinesh D'Souza, a former staffer for President Ronald Reagan who is now president of King's College in New York and author of several books.

Mr. D'Souza's book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage," is the basis for "2016," claiming that Mr. Obama's beliefs are rooted in the anti-colonialism of his late father, a Kenyan academic who was largely absent from the president's life.

The film premiered July 13 on one screen in Houston and slowly expanded over the past month to 1,091 theaters in such cities as Nashville, Tenn.; Baton Rouge, La.; Denver; Phoenix; Wichita, Kan.; Washington, D.C.; and now Santa Barbara.

The "2016" filmmakers said the film's estimated $2.5 million budget came from about two dozen private investors, not the Republican party.

"We wanted none of their involvement," said Gerald Molen, the film's Montana-based producer who previously worked on such mainstream Hollywood movies as "Days of Thunder" and "Jurassic Park," and who won an Oscar for "Schindler's List" in 1993.

"My wish is that people see the film and make an informed decision," said Mr. Molen. "I would love people to see the film and come out of it saying, 'I need to know more. I need to find out more about this country and what we're designing for our kids, grandkids and great grandkids.' I just want this film to spark an interest in people to find out more."

The Arlington is showing "2016" at 1 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:40 p.m. and 8 p.m. through Thursday; however, if the film does well, it may stay another week, according to Arlington Theater staff.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

email: news@newspress.com

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Local Patriots pestered Cinemax and even the Victoria (liberal) newspaper until Cinemax decided to show it in Victoria, Texas.

These theater chains may be Liberals, but they are Capitalists. If the local managers refuse to show this, or other conservative films, go to regional or national management.

At the first matinee showing (2:20pm)of 2016, the theater was about half full. That one of 12, when it let out it looked like 25-30% of the cars left the parking lot, and quite a few were coming in. I expect local management will notice.
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CBS' Scott Paulsen on "2016" movie !!!

This kind of feedback (see column below) coming from anyone associated with CBS is absolutely astounding (maybe he no longer has a job).  I'm reading that this documentary is astounding the pundits in its attendance figures and I've read a couple reviews already that, likethe one below says, the audience sits mesmerized at the conclusion thinking about what they have just witnessed (along with the ovations).  We saw it yesterday in Austin at a 3:00 p.m. showing (every single seat sold out); the audience had the same reaction as I’ve read from other viewers: loud applause.

The Right Politics

Scott Paulson says this past week, “2016: The Movie” about President Barack Obama opened in the Chicago area, and I chose to get more of an education about Obama by seeing the movie. After the inundation of canned hype for the movie on conservative talk shows across the Chicago radio dial that sounded more like commercials than honest endorsements of the movie, I was skeptical of what I was going to see.

While some talk show hosts sounded like they were genuinely impressed with the documentary and honestly endorsing the film, there were those who were obviously reading a commercial script which was not coming across as sincere to the regular listener – at least not to this often-skeptical listener. Perhaps, in future promotions of the film, it would be wise to have pre-recorded commercials done by the professional commercial-makers rather than having the likes of Mark Levin and Sean Hannity doing script after script to promote the movie.  After all, the listeners aren’t stupid and resent any attempt at being conned. After many reads by the talk show hosts, the readings of the commercial script were no more enthusiastic than anotherLife-Lock commercial read – another commercial that ought to be professionally done.

Yet, I’m glad I saw the hyped-film because it was more informative than I had thought it would be and included less propaganda than I had predicted. If anything, it was nearly too informative as there was an enormous amount of information condensed into the nearly one-hour-and-a-half documentary. Fact after fact is put forth which shows that President Obama definitely has many skeletons in the closet that have not been released prior to the nation’s trust in him with the Oval Office.

To watch this movie and realize – or simply be reminded of – all that is unknown about President Obama is of concern. Much of the information has been ignored by the American media totally. When appropriately reminded as to what is still unknown about Obama to date, one has to ask: How can any logical-thinking person give a damn about Romney’s taxes while not asking any questions regarding our current president’s past?

The man influences the entire globe, but liberal Americans want to know how much Mitt Romney paid in taxes in the past rather than learn about the man who they have entrusted with the country. Unbelievable.

The movie undeniably links Obama to persons of suspicious-interest due to their past actions and statements, such as former radical activist and Chicago educator Bill Ayers. While the media and blinded-liberals cast such facts aside, the movie does not. No, this portion of the movie is not propaganda – it is the display of factual information about relationships between people that cannot be denied. Yet, the “left” does deny the facts that are right in front of them.

Quite disturbing is the talk of the United States economy in the film. The current national debt which has increased two-fold during Obama’s presidency and the horrendous economy is suggested to be part of the plan to strip the nation of democracy – reasonable cause to make citizens totally dependent on the government. The “left” is aghast at this suggestion of the current economy. They actually believe that Obama is unintelligent enough to let this economy just happen. Ironically, it’s many of the people on the “right” who know Obama’s not stupid, and much of what has happened to the United States in the past four years is part of Obama’s plan.

How could one so-highly educated and intelligent as Obama not know what he was doing when he incurred such debt? I left the movie thinking more strongly than I had in the past that the current debt and this economy was part of Obama’s plan all along. Increasingly making Americans dependent on the government is the plan. What’s more, he knew his blind followers would believe it was not the plan and, of course, was all Bush’s fault.

He must be laughing at his blind followers all the way to the “new America” they’re allowing him to create. My belief is that Obama continues to prey on his die-hard followers’ stupidity to accomplish his personal goals for America.

The most disturbing part of the film to me was the interview with President Obama’s half-brother George Obama from Nairobi, Kenya. How can Obama claim to want to help people when he has done absolutely nothing for his own family? It makes me wonder if he really cares about anybody if he can’t find it in his heart to help his own family. As the closing credits started to role upward across the screen, the audience applauded. Me, I just walked out – reasonably upset.

Those who have already decided to vote for Obama will probably not  even see the movie. It’s sad ut they probably don’t want to know the truth when it is laid out so clearly for them in this documentary. The independents who are still deciding who they are going to vote for ought to see this film. I’m quite confident that any undecided voter who sees this film will know who to vote for after viewing this documentary. If you know you’re not going to support the “left” in this coming election, see the film out of interest if you like. But, fair warning, it’s disturbing – and quite frightening – to say the least.

About Scott Paulson

Scott Paulson writes political news and commentary for CBS Local and Examiner.com and teaches English at a community college in the Chicago area. The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of CBS Local.


I saw the movie in Sterling, Virginia and at the end everybody clapped. Capt Joe


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Here are more links with '2016' related information

Lee Habeeb at National Review Online

TNT Refusing to Air Movie Promotion Because of Campaign Law

2016 Packs Theater in Newport Beach, Calif.

D'Souza Wants AP to Apologize for Fact Check Story

D'Souza Fact Checks the AP Fact Checkers on 2016 Movie

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