Tea Party-Friendly Documentary Hitting Theaters (Exclusive)
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Right-wing heroes are hitting the big screen, at least for one night.
UnFair: Exposing the IRS will screen in 674 movie theaters Oct. 14, followed by a panel discussion with Mike Huckabee, one of the documentary's stars. The film features interviews with members of Tea Party groups and others who were allegedly abused by IRS officials.
"The IRS shakes down innocent people, harasses them out of business, and does so without accountability," Huckabee says. "It wants you to provide a restaurant receipt from seven years ago, but it can't even follow federal law to keep up with its internal correspondence by email."
Fathom Events, which brings alternative entertainment like sports, concerts and speeches to cinemas via so-called "four-wall" rental deals, is banking on a conservative fan base to turn out for the Gadsden Films documentary, which also features Glenn Beck, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Michele Bachmann.
"Fair-minded Americans don't like it when anybody is targeted by the IRS — be it Alan Dershowitz by the Nixon administration or Tea Party groups by this administration," says executive producer John Sullivan, who co-directed Dinesh D'Souza's America and 2016: Obama's America.
The movie was written and produced by radio host Craig Berman and directed by Judd Saul.
"2014 marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. citizens paying income tax," says Fathom exec vp Shelly Maxwell, "and movie theaters are the perfect place for this national town hall event."