'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch Plans Cannes Screening for Film Ripping Hollywood
David Bossie, who runs Citizens United, is one of the film’s producers.
Phil Robertson and Citizens United are headed to Cannes with a movie that juxtaposes Nazis and Islamist terrorists with sexually provocative images of celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian.
The Duck Dynasty patriarch narrates the documentary movie, dubbed Torchbearer, which is set to screen next week at the film festival in France, where filmmakers, including director Stephen Bannon, hope to strike a distribution deal.
Bannon, who made a fortune as an investment banker who took an early ownership stake in the TV show Seinfeld, has been producing and directing conservative-themed documentary movies for more than a decade, and he’s also executive chairman of Breitbart News.
Citizens United is best known for producing Hillary: The Movie, which was a negative take on Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. When detractors of the film convinced the Federal Election Commission that allowing it to air on TV would be illegal electioneering, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of Citizens United.
David Bossie, who runs Citizens United, is one of the doc’s producers, and he and Bannon have partnered on several previous films. Bannon also co-wrote the movie along with Rebecca Mansour, who helped write speeches for Sarah Palin and also handled public relations for the former GOP vice presidential candidate.
In Torchbearer, which will have its premiere at the Republican National Convention in July, Robertson makes the case that the Holocaust, ISIS, Communist atrocities, abortion and, yes, celebrities who flaunt their sexuality, are predictable outcomes when God is stripped from the culture.
"This movie is going to shake the foundations of the left-run film industry," said Bossie. "It's an important message from an important messenger at an important time in history."
The film was made for less than $2 million and was shot worldwide, including at Auschwitz, the beaches of Normandy and in Birmingham, Ala., where Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed.
As for Robertson, he has been a lightning rod for controversy ever since disparaging homosexuality in a GQ magazine article. The uproar was so intense that A&E eventually suspended him from Duck Dynasty, but the backlash to the suspension led the network to quickly reinstate the star.
Torchbearer, in fact, touches on that controversy, including an MSNBC clip of liberal commentator Toure bashing Robertson for his remarks.
The revelation of the film marks the second time in a week Robertson has partnered with Citizens United as, over the weekend, the organization sent an email to conservatives looking for cash donations to a "Speak Freely" campaign the two have concocted that aims to help Christians fight the culture wars.
“The Judeo-Christian values that led America to greatness are under full assault by the mob mentality of political correctness, and we’re slowly losing our soul,” Robertson said in the email.