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'Hating Breitbart' to open this weekend (Sneak Peek)

Behind-the-scenes look at late, great conservative activist and new media champion. Photo:
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Movies in Total by Terry Ponick

Andrew Breitbart (back to camera, left) confronting typical crowd of angry liberals. (

ARLINGTON, Va., October 18, 2012 – After a protracted battle with Hollywood censors over the politically-motivated “R” rating imposed on it by ex-Democrat Senator Chris Dodd’s MPAA that delayed its release, the long-awaited documentary film, “Hating Breitbart” opens at a limited number of movie theaters this weekend. The film chronicles the life and very strange times of crusading arch-conservative activist, web journalist, and new media promoter Andrew Breitbart who died suddenly and unexpectedly this past spring at the age of 43. DC area screenings will initially take place exclusively at the Regal Cinema in Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington.

Like Dinesh D’Souza’s runaway documentary hit, “2016,” the Breitbart documentary will begin its rollout in limited release, gradually opening greater numbers of theaters on successive weekends. The limited release idea, as with the D’Souza film on the background of Barack Obama, is meant to thwart the usual preplanned barrage of negative reviews typically prepared in advance by left-wing critics who have yet to actually see the film in pre-screenings. Such coordinated attacks are routinely deployed to torpedo opening weekend box office receipts of newly released conservative films.

Andrew Breitbart brandishing his New Media sign. (

We plan to review this film as soon as we catch the second part of “Atlas Shrugged,” which opened in area theaters last weekend.

Here’s further background information on “Hating Breitbart,” provided via the film’s promotional web site:

“From ACORN to Weinergate, ‘Hating Breitbart’ tells the story of one man with a website who forever changed the media paradigm, upending the traditional press and changing the ground rules of political journalism. He opened the floodgates to an army of citizen journalists who used new media to completely rewrite the narrative. In the process, he repeatedly found himself the target of a media feeding frenzy as the old paradigm’s supporters pushed back.

“Andrew Breitbart was a polarizing figure whose legacy is still being debated. Loved and hated, Andrew was a jovial prankster and a one-man wrecking ball who used his unique understanding of traditional and new media to change the way that information flows in the modern era.

Poster for Hating Breitbart.

“The ‘Hating Breitbart’ filmmakers enjoyed exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to Andrew Breitbart during his various confrontations with the media, like the firestorm that erupted after Breitbart released the infamous ACORN videos, showing a purported pimp and prostitute visiting multiple offices of community organizing group ACORN looking for assistance.

“Filmmakers capture Breitbart’s journey onto the national stage after publishing the videos, documenting the paradigm shift as more scandals unfolded. We see Breitbart become a celebrated speaker at Tea Party events with powerful enemies and legions of supporters who, in the wake of his sudden death at the age of 43, now carry his picture at rallies across the country.

“’Hating Breitbart’ is a dramatic account of a media figure with a larger-than-life personality evocative of the great newspaper titans of generations past.”

For tickets to “Hating Breitbart” in Arlington, Virginia, visit this website. For information on limited release theaters in other cities, which are to be constantly updated, visit the film’s website.

Watch the trailer for the film below:

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Terry Ponick

Now writing on investing, politics, music, and theater for the Washington Times Communities, Terry was the longtime music and culture critic for the Washington Times (1994-2009). 

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