"Anthem" explores, exposes American Dream
Film is next in Historical Museum's movie series
Features George McGovern, Willie Nelson, Robert Redford,
Michael Stipe, Hunter S. Thompson, John Waters

For immediate release November 21, 2007

 

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – Armed with a Powerbook laptop and Hi-8 cameras, two Hollywood production assistants embark on a cross-country adventure to explore and expose the American Dream in “Anthem: An American Road Story,” which will be shown next month at the State Historical Museum.

The film is part of the “Movies at the Museum” series and will be shown Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Iowatix.com or at the door. The Historical Museum is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Call 515-281-5111 for more information.

In “Anthem,” filmmakers Shainee Gabel (writer/director of Golden Globe-nominated “A Love Song for Bobby Long”) and Kristin Hahn (executive producer of Academy Award-winning “The Departed”) find themselves driving recklessly through the back roads of Aspen with Hunter S. Thompson, chilling out with Willie Nelson on his tour bus, musing with Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance and inadvertently breaking the rules in the West Wing – all the while chronicling the people they meet along the way in gas stations and diners. “Anthem” is a unique and irreverent time capsule of the American Spirit at the dawn of the 21st century.

As they progress, the women discover that despite many modern problems, the optimistic American spirit is still alive. Other celebrities interviewed include U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, independent filmmaker John Waters, rap artist Chuck D., rock singer Michael Stipe, and Native American activist and spokeswoman Winona LaDuke.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. The DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the general assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

 

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