Liberty Film Festival to Honor Ayn Rand

From a press release we received yesterday:

As part of its “100th Birthday Tribute to Ayn Rand,” the Liberty Film Festival will be screening the 1942 Italian classic, “We the Living,” based on Ayn Rand’s novel of the same name. Preceding the film will be special introductions by co-producer Duncan Scott, and by Jeff Britting of the Ayn Rand Institute.
The 2005 Liberty Film Festival will be held the weekend of October 21-23, 2005 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California. The Liberty Film Festival showcases films that celebrate the traditional American values of free speech, patriotism, and religious freedom. This yearâ??s festival includes over two dozen feature films, short subjects, panel discussions, and special events. The tribute to Ayn Rand will be the grand finale of the three-day festival.
â??We the Livingâ? was originally produced in Italy during World War II without the knowledge or consent of Rand. The film premiered in Rome, Italy, in 1942 in two parts entitled, NOI VIVI and ADDIO KIRA. Long thought to be lost, the film was rediscovered many years later by Randâ??s attorneys, Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer. Rand authorized the film’s restoration and Scott will talk about that process and of the embattled production history of the film.
Drawing from her early years as a young woman in Russia, â??We the Livingâ? is, perhaps, the most personal expression of Randâ??s ideas. New York Newsday said the film â??Stirs the soul… dazzling performances… qualifies in every respect as film treasure… one of the best movies of the year”. In his review of the film, movie critic Michael Medved called it “An amazing piece of cinema… I loved every minute of it…Valli has the same kind of quality as Garbo– just magical.” Medved will be at the Festival, moderating a panel discussion on Sunday afternoon.
For more information about the movie, visit
100th Birthday Tribute to Ayn Rand with screening of â??We the Livingâ?
Event 13 â?? Sunday, October 23rd 2005 at 6:15pm
Ticket Price: $10
Pacific Design Center
SilverScreen Theatre, 2nd Floor Center Green,
8687 Melrose Avenue,
West Hollywood, CA 90069
For tickets to the â??100th Birthday Tribute to Ayn Randâ? or for other Liberty Film Festival events, go to Please note that tickets are only available for purchase on-line at the Liberty Film Festival website (Please do not contact the Pacific Design Center for tickets).