New York, NY - Coinciding with the 85th annual Academy Awards, the Moving Picture Institute is giving out five positive -- and five negative -- awards to some of Hollywood's most noteworthy 2012 films.
"This is an excellent opportunity to praise mainstream films which celebrate freedom and individual opportunity" said Adam Guillette, Director of Outreach for the Moving Picture Institute. "And it's also a great opportunity to mock some of the silly anti-freedom propaganda put out by Hollywood," he added.
Supporters and fans of the Moving Picture Institute have been nominating films all month and the 5 winners -- and 5 losers -- will be announced on February 20th. Positive "nominations" include Michael Caine for his performance in "The Dark Knight Rises" when he explains that charity is only possible through private profits. Negative "nominations" include the Matt Damon Film, "The Promised Land." The film argues against domestic energy exploration -- but was funded by Arab oil interests.
The Moving Picture Institute is no stranger to awards. In 2012 their film, "Battle for Brooklyn" was one of only 15 films short-listed for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary category. Previously, their Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu produced film, "Freedom's Fury" earned the same distinction. Two of their filmmakers have been nominated for Emmy Awards, and in 2012 two of their filmmakers (Honor Flight) broke a Guinness World Record for the largest film screening of all time.
The Moving Picture Institute promotes liberty through film. Toward that end, we fund films from development through post-production, support up-and-coming filmmakers, and serve as a high-level intern placement service. To date, MPI has helped develop, fund, produce, or promote a wide range of films dealing with topics as diverse as Eastern European nations' revolutions against totalitarianism, the threats posed to American free speech by "libel tourism" in British courts, corruption and graft in public school systems, reform of the U.S. tax code, single-payer vs. free-market healthcare, post-Kelo eminent domain abuse, and the failure of the United Nations to carry out its peacekeeping missions.