1-Night Only Premiere Screening in 50+ Cities on Tuesday, January 17th: the Documentary Film Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged

The Film Examines the Resurging Interest in Ayn Rand's Epic and Controversial 1957 Novel

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Tuesday, January 17th (check show time at each theater) a one-night only digital cinema premiere will take place in 50+ cities across the U.S. with an opportunity to experience a new feature length documentary film, Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged. The documentary is being distributed and marketed by D&E Entertainment, a company specializing in alternative theatrical programming. Cities and theaters listed below with select locations showing encore screenings.

The film examines the resurging interest in Ayn Rand's epic and controversial 1957 novel and the validity of its dire prediction for America. The documentary provides "a biography of a book and an idea" and an opportunity for Atlas readers and Rand fans to identify with the experience of reading it for the first time. To that end, producers are providing a forum for those interested, to engage in the provocative topic, by attending one of the screenings in key cities. To coincide with the screening events, there will be a robust on-line campaign with an opportunity to debate, discuss and connect via Facebook and Twitter.

During the financial crisis of 2008, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Chris Mortensen became curious about the resurgence in popularity of Atlas Shrugged and started reconnecting with his fascination for the book, which he recalled from his college days. That same year Atlas Shrugged sold over two hundred thousand copies -- more than in any single year since publication. And -- more surprisingly -- in the media and public discourse, he was hearing people talk about Rand and Atlas again. "Because people saw events from the novel happening in real life," says Mortensen. "Housing bubble, stock market crash,

Mississippi River bridge collapses, banks collapse, bailouts, nationalizing auto companies -- all that happened in the book. And how spooky is that? Suddenly Rand's 'unlikely' plot didn't seem so far-fetched."

Then, beginning in 2009, amid what appeared to be a Tea-Party-fueled 'Rand Renaissance,' Mortensen began thinking seriously about a film that looked at the phenomenon of Atlas and the polarizing effect it had on people. He was particularly interested in the social dynamics that had prompted Rand to write the novel at that particular time in history, in the postwar late 40's and mid-50's. "We usually think of that period as one of the most benign and prosperous eras in American history -- certainly in the 20th century," Mortensen says. "Yet that's when Rand decided that we were on a slippery slope to dystopia. What did she see?" 'What did Ayn Rand know and how did she know it?' became the director's personal logline for the film.

Mortensen says his film is not intended to be a defense of Ayn Rand or the ideas contained in her epic novel. One of his primary goals was to separate the author's ideas from the rancor and ad hominem attacks in order to be heard, understood and then considered in context.

The film features exclusive footage of Ayn Rand and draws on key interviews including: John Allison, former CEO of BB&T; Al Ruddy, Academy Awarda Winning producer of The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby; Harry Binswanger, philosopher and friend of Ayn Rand; Michael Berliner, author of The Letters of Ayn Rand; Michael Walsh, writer for the National Review; Jennifer Burns, author of Goddess of the Market -- Ayn Rand & the American Right; Anne C. Heller, author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made; John Kilts, former CEO of the Gillette Company; Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers and Yaron Brook, director of the Ayn Rand Institute.

About Chris Mortensen

Writer/Director Chris Mortensen is a television producer and documentary filmmaker whose many programs have appeared worldwide. In the U.S. his documentary subjects have ranged from Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, Hermann Goering and John Paul Jones to American Gangsters, the HIV crisis and the Iraq War. From Professional Wrestling to Halle Berry to the Suez Canal, his programs have appeared on Discovery, A&E, History Channel, ESPN, Fox Sports, BET, TV One, et al.

About John Corry

Executive Producer John Corry has produced over 200 documentary programs, including The Wild Yak Patrol for Animal Planet, The Long March for History International, Safari Tracks for Fox, The Color Of War and Sworn To Secrecy for the History Channel, Celebrity Wings for Discovery Networks and Weapons At War for A&E. Also the celebrity narrated short films for IFAW campaigns on Whale Hunting, The Canadian Seal Hunt, Companion Animal Rescues and Kenya's Tsavo Wildlife Sanctuary. His three-hour television special The Last Days Of WWll was nominated for an Emmy and his acclaimed all-color WWII series The Color Of War was recognized with the CINE SPECIAL JURY AWARD as the Best Broadcast Historical Program of 2003, network or cable. Corry's feature film credits include Forks Over Knives, Universal's The Rundown, The Ten Commandments (Animated Feature, 2007) and The Face Of Evil: Reinhard Heidrich.

About D&E Entertainment

Based in Hollywood, D&E Entertainment digitally distributes independent films, documentaries and alternative content such as filmed music events to movie theaters across the globe. Formed in 2005 by entertainment executives and digital cinema pioneers Doug Kluthe and Evan Saxon, D&E offers innovative theatrical programming via a worldwide marketing and distribution network.

Mad Universe Presents A film by Chris Mortensen. Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged. Executive Producer John Corry, Associate Producer Fawaz Al-Matrouk, Camera Al Broderick Mark Simon, Editor Martin Singer. Produced, written & directed by Chris Mortensen. Run Time: 85 minutes Genre: Documentary Rating: This film is not rated. Adult language. Distribution Mad Universe, LLC

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U.S. Cities and Theaters listed below

TUESDAY, JAN 17th:

Birmingham AL Rave Lee Branch 15
Huntsville AL Rave Lee Bend 18
Little Rock AR Rave Colonel Glen 18
Phoenix (Surprise) AZ Surprise Pointe 14
Phoenix (Peoria) AZ Arrowhead Fountains 18
Phoenix (Tempe) AZ Arizona Mills 25
Prescott Valley AZ Prescott Valley 14
Scottsdale AZ Studio Movie Grill Scottsdale
Scottsdale AZ Scottsdale Pavilion
Lake Havasu, AZ Ultra Star Lake Havasu 10
Tucson AZ Tuscan Spectrum 18
Los Angeles (Buena Park) CA Buena Park Metroplex 18
Los Angeles (Downey) CA Downey Cinema 10
Los Angeles (Monrovia) CA Monrovia Cinema 12
Los Angeles (Pico Rivera) CA Pico Rivera Village Walk 15
San Bernardino CA Redlands Cinema 14
Sacramento CA The Crest
San Clemente CA San Clemente Cinema 6
Palm Springs (Cathedral City) CA Cinemas Mary Pickford
San Diego (Oceanside) CA Vista Metroplex 15
San Diego (Poway) CA Poway Creekside Plaza 10
San Diego CA Mission Valley Cinemas
Anaheim CA Anaheim Garden Walk
Denver CO Northfield 18
Hartford CT Rave Palace 17
New Haven CT Rave Criterion Cinemas
Stamford, CT Bow Tie Majestic 6
Atlanta (Alpharetta) GA Studio Movie Grill Holcombe Bridge
Cedars Falls IA College Square
Chicago IL Orland Park Cinema
Baton Rouge LA Rave Baton Rouge 16
Boston (Arlington) MA The Regent Theatre
Gloucester MA Cape Ann Community Cinema
Annapolis MD Rave Harbour 9
Ann Arbor MI Rave Ann Arbor 20 +IMAX
Minneapolis (Waite Park) MN Parkwood
Rochester MN Rochester Galaxy 14 Cine
St. Louis MO De Peres 14 Cine
Springfield MO Campbell 16 Cine
Omaha (Bellevue) NE Twin Creek Cinemas
Lincoln NE Lincoln Grand Cinemas
Montclair NJ Montclair-Clairidge Cinemas
Middlebrook NJ Clearview Middlebrook 10
Tenafly NJ Tenafly Cinema 4
Vorhees NJ Rave Ritz Center
Las Vegas NV Rave Town Square 8
New York City, NY Clearview 1st & 62nd St
Long Island (Rosyln) NY Roslyn Theatre
Columbus (Pickerington) OH Pickerington Cinemas
Toledo OH Rave Levis Commons 12
Oklahoma City OK Bricktown 16
Dallas TX Studio Movie Grill Dallas/Royal
Houston TX Studio Movie Grill City Center
Houston (Katy) TX Alamo Drafthouse - Mason Park
Arlington (Southlake) TX Southlake 14
Washington DC (Fairfax) Rave Fairfax Corner 14
Richmond VA Rave Movieland Blvd Square
Green Bay (Appleton) WI Hollywood Cinemas
La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI La Crosse Cinema
Madison WI Point Cinemas


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