The 1st Hudson Institute Film Festival

Hudson Institute will hold its first annual Film Festival, an all-day event, on Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street, New York City).

Documentary feature films have emerged as a powerful medium for communicating ideas and highlighting problems to the public. The right-wing Hudson Institute is featuring films which inform the public on subjects of concern to the Institute's mission.

After a review of dozens of films that came out in the past year, a selection committee chose three films to showcase at the first
annual Hudson Institute Film Festival. These films highlight the Iranian nuclear threat, the battle of Fallujah, and anti-Semitism at American universities.  

A conservative think tank founded in 1961, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, by military strategist, and systems theorist Herman Kahn and his colleagues at the RAND Corporation, The Hudson Institute moved to Washington, D.C., in 2004. The Institute promotes public policy change in accordance with its stated values of a "commitment to free markets and individual responsibility, confidence in the power of technology to assist progress, respect for the importance of culture and religion in human affairs, and determination to preserve America's national security."

The directors will attend the screenings and engage in a Q & A session after each film.


The Last 600 Meters: The Battles of Najaf and Fallujah
11 am
This 90-minute documentary by Michael Pack looks at the two biggest battles of the Iraq war — Najaf and Fallujah — through the first hand testimony of those who fought them. It offers perspectives on these battles, and lessons for warfare in the future.

Atomic Jihad: Ahmadinejad's Coming War and Obama's Politics of Defeat
1 pm
Joel Gilbert's 95-minute documentary, accordng to the Hudson Institute's info, "leaves little doubt that Iran is in the final stages of preparing a coming war for Islamic Revival. By seeking to appease Ahmadinejad with 'change' in U.S. Middle East policy, President Obama is ushering in the Politics of Defeat for America."

Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus
3 pm
Produced by filmmaker Raphael Shore and directed by Wayne Kopping, Crossing the Line explores the proliferation of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents on North American college campuses following the launch of Operation Cast Lead by Israel's military into Gaza in late December 2008 and January 2009. This 32-minute doc looks shows how the war evokes anti-Jewish sentiments amongst college students and professors.

Admission is $15 for the entire day at the premier Manhattan blues club and grill, B.B. King's, which will serve food and drinks for purchase throughout the day.

For more info:

Hudson Institute Film Festival
May 31, 2010
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
237 West 42nd St.
New York City

Hudson Institute
1015 Fifteenth Street, NW
Washington D.C.