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The Arroyo—Breaking the Left’s Monopoly on the Arts

February 10th, 2014 - 4:59 pm

In “Crisis in the Arts,” my new essay for the David Horowitz Freedom Center (now available at the link), I give an overview of the problems confronting conservatives who want to break the virtual monopoly the left holds on America’s culture. Among my observations are these:

For those conservatives with artistic talent and ambition, this is a spectacular moment to take to the barricades.  Big Media is tottering under the assault of new technologies.  With electronic publishing and social media, books can be self-published and self-promoted.  With the new video cameras, professional-looking films can be produced on the cheap and distributed online.  YouTube, iTunes, smart phones, tablets, blogs — all provide opportunities for new kinds of work and new ways for that work to be dispensed.

But to take advantage of this moment, conservatives have to come to grips with a situation that they naturally find uncomfortable:  to wit, we are now the counter-culture.  When it comes to the arts, Radical Leftists are The Man. We need to act like the rebels we now are and stop trying to win the favor of the big studios and publishers and mainstream reviewers.  We need to make stuff.  Good stuff.  And get it out to the audience any way we can.

This is easier said than done, but one genuinely inspiring example has been set by my friend Jeremy Boreing. Jeremy’s movie The Arroyo has had theatrical showings in Los Angeles and Texas and is now available on DVD. The good people at Newsmax will help with distribution and the film is scheduled for release on iTunes as well.

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Amazon.com only lists one copy, but has many. It is a film worth watching. It is low budget, but the story is first rate. Buy and share.
30 weeks ago
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4k cameras have dropped to under $2,000. This can only be good for conservative movies.
31 weeks ago
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I went on over to Amazon, and... they will not send to Canada! Curses!!!
31 weeks ago
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The movie is only released to USA territory only. Probably a copyright thing.
30 weeks ago
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I'm doing my part. See here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-marscher-lords-brotherhood-or-death/x/5146664
Also here: http://www.marscherlordsfilm.com
My observation is nobody on the right wants to put $$ into entertainment. They talk a good game, but don't follow through.
31 weeks ago
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Can't wait to see this. More movies need to be made like this times ten.
31 weeks ago
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We'll buy it on iTunes as soon as it's out. Give us a shout out so we know when. What a great trailer!
31 weeks ago
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It is purchasable on amazon.com. Probably won't get to iTunes.
30 weeks ago
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You had to post the trailer with your article. I wind up ordering the only copy on Amazon right now. Ding Dang It!
31 weeks ago
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How about a movie repudiating homosexual marriage or even slightly suggesting that homosexual activity is less than ideal? That would indeed be a somewhat conservative movie.
31 weeks ago
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I will be glad to review any pieces that are produced by anybody in this emerging counterculture. Movies, short stories, etc anything. My site is at http://www.glitternight.com

For a sample: http://glitternight.com/2014/01/04/the-most-controversial-independent-movies-of-2013/
31 weeks ago
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Too bad - can't purchase it from Germany via amazon.com. Seems to be shipped domestic only.
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Same problem. If anybody knows if it's possible to buy it from somewhere when one lives in Europe, please tell. Region code would not be a problem.
31 weeks ago
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I understand it's going on iTunes. It's the only way I get to see movies, here in Israel.
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