Subjects Discussed: * Chris Mortensen's introduction to Ayn Rand and "Atlas Shrugged" * Documentary projects before "Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged" * The theme of the documentary * Creating the documentary * How the documentary came about * Interviews for the documentary with Objectivist intellectuals * The documentary as fact-focused * Interviews for the documentary with businesspeople * Stories of and about Al Ruddy * Current politics in the documentary * The response to the documentary * The value of "Atlas Shrugged" * If the documentary were made now... * The book of full interviews * America's future.
Question: Is it wrong to root for antiheroes in movies? I often root for characters like Daniel Ocean (of Ocean's 11, 12, etc.), Erik Draven (of The Crow), Harry Callahan (a.k.a. Dirty Harry), and "Mad" Max. Should I instead seek out movies with more consistently good heroes?
Question: Is product placement in art a breach of artistic integrity? Given that an artist must select every aspect of an artistic work, does delegating some selection to the highest bidder breach the integrity of the work? Does the type of artwork matter? Would it be okay in movies, television, and literature but not paintings? Why?
Question: Can you give some art recommendations? Specifically, what would say would be your two or three favorites in the following categories, and why? (1) literature, (2) paintings/sculpture, (3) music, (4) movies, and (5) television.
Question: What did you think of the movie Atlas Shrugged, Part 1?
Question: Assuming the Atlas Shrugged movie turns out to be decent, would it be immoral to recommend it to others since the movie is backed by a trustee of The Atlas Society?