Thursday, February 10, 2011

Stephen Bannon Interview....

Stephen K. Bannon –Writer/Director/Producer. Mr. Bannon has spent 15 years in media investment banking and film financing. A former Goldman Sachs banker, he formed his own firm and sold it to Societe Generale in 1998. He has arranged the financing for numerous film producers and distributors including Newmarket Capital, MGM, Polygram Filmed Entertainment and First Look Pictures.
Mr. Bannon was Executive Producer of Julie Taymore’s directorial debut, Titus, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus,starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; nominated for an Academy Award, the film was an official entry in the Venice Film Festival. From 1976 until 1983, Mr. Bannon served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy, with four years of sea duty onboard the destroyer U.S.S. Paul F. Foster (DD964) with the Pacific Fleet. The Foster was assigned to battle groups in the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. After sea duty, Mr. Bannon served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon during President Reagan’s first term.
Mr. Bannon is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and holds a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. In 1985, Mr. Bannon received his MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.
He is a trustee of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a board member of Paulist Pictures. He is currently the chief executive officer of American Vantage Media, a branded entertainment, film, and TV production and distribution company. Stephen was writer and director of Generation Zero,From the Heartland and Battle for America completed the trilogy. His current film is a to tribute to Ronald Reagan. In the face of Evil.

He freed a billion slaves from their Communist masters... This is the story of that achievement: of one man's triumph during the bloodiest and most barbaric century in mankind's history: the 20th century. In the Face of Evil: Reagan's War in Word and Deed is a man and nation's journey through the heart of darkness—and what that journey means for us today. This film is not a biography of Ronald Reagan, but a hard-hitting look at leadership and moral courage. Based on Peter Schweizer's acclaimed bestseller, Reagan's War, the new feature-length documentary film, In the Face of Evil, chronicles the brutal conflict between totalitarianism and freedom as seen through Ronald Reagan's forty-year confrontation with Communism.Reagan's struggle began in direct conflict with Soviet-backed street-level violence during Communism's attempt to take-over Hollywood during the 1940's; it continued through his "wilderness years" on the mashed potato circuit in the 50's, then on to his confrontation with the radicals at Berkeley in the 60's showing, throughout, his challenge of the Establishment's policy of détente, his steady rise to power, his rejection by his own party, and his focus on the need for a complete victory over Communism. More than a traditional war film, In the Face of Evil plays out on an epic scale... from the back-lots of Hollywood, to the jungles of Central America; from the mountains of Afghanistan, to the palaces of the Kremlin; to the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of a divided Berlin. In the Face of Evil details, for the first time, with never-before-seen footage, the top-secret plans of Reagan and his inner circle ... and their brick-by-brick takedown of the "Evil Empire." ... from the oil fields of Saudi Arabia to the streets of Warsaw; from the trading floors of Wall Street to the vast steppes of Siberia... the plan encompassed covert ops, a massive arms buildup, and economic and psychological warfare—all conducted on a scale never seen before. With the world mired in the beginnings of a new global conflict, In the Face of Evil is more relevant today than ever. The film affords profound insights on the brutality of the last century, and offers a prism through which we can gain perspective on the bloody conflicts that stretch ahead. As the 21st century's great conflict between freedom and Islamic Fascism takes shape, In the Face of Evil, and the words and deeds of Ronald Reagan, provide an invaluable lesson for how the U.S., and the free world, must combat the forces of Evil... if we are to survive.