Atlas Shrugged Movie in Canada?
March 22, 2011 by Paul McKeever
Canadians play a significant role in the history of the spread of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism. Yet, as of March 22, 2011, the list of theatres in which “Atlas Shrugged, Part 1” will be screened includes none in Canada. That has to change and, given that “Atlas Shrugged, Part 1” hits the silver screen on April 15, 2011, it has to change now.
Ayn Rand began as a fiction writer. She published her master work, “Atlas Shrugged“, in 1957. Thereafter, it was the Canadians – including Leonard Peikoff, Nathaniel Branden, and Barbara Branden – who successfully encouraged her to commit her philosophy to writing in non-fiction form. Initially with Branden (who was born in Brampton, Ontario, just to the west of Toronto), and then without him, Rand published three sets of newsletters (her non-fiction books a comprised primarily of the articles appearing in those newsletters). Afterward, Peikoff (who was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) published a masterful, clear, concise, and extremely well-organized text, “Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand” (often referred to as “OPAR”). With financial input from Ed Snider, Peikoff essentially launched the Ayn Rand Institute, which has continued to grow in influence, especially within the USA. And, but for Ayn Rand, there probably would never have been a Freedom Party of Ontario: Rand’s “Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal” (a collection of articles drawn from the aforementioned newsletters) sparked an understanding of and desire for freedom in the founders of the party. As leader of that party today, Rand’s philosophy serves as my philosophical foundation.
With a provincial election looming (October 6, 2011), my shoulders are rather loaded down. However, faced with the fact that Atlas Shrugged so far will not be screened in Canada, I have today begun the process of attempting to contact whoever has the authority to permit me to screen the movie in the Toronto area. Theatres can be rented, and private screenings can be arranged, but before that can be done, we need to know that those with authority to allow us to screen Atlas Shrugged will allow us to do it.
Accordingly, I have today used the only contact information I can find – the Atlas Shrugged online e-mail submission form – in an attempt to obtain permission for a screening of the movie. Never having worked with a movie company before, I do not know what to expect, but I’ve learned long ago not to let inexperience stand in the way of an attempt. Nonetheless, if anyone reading this can help me to speak to the right person about arranging a screening of Atlas Shrugged in the Greater Toronto Area, please e-mail me: email@example.com
If I am able to arrange a screening in the GTA, I will post here information about where and when the movie will be screened, ticket costs, etc.