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Dinesh D’Souza, the filmmaker behind 2016: Obama’s America who is out on $500,000 bond for allegedly violating campaign finance laws, was at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Friday to unveil a new trailer for his upcoming release, America, a movie that imagines the United States lost the Revolutionary War and therefore never existed.
The trailer, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, begins with some familiar faces — Steve Jobs, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Jackie Robinson — then morphs into a battle scene where Gen. George Washington is struck by a bullet from a British musket. As Washington dies, American landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore disintegrate.
D’Souza delivered the afternoon keynote address at CPAC, where he showed about 3,500 attendees the trailer. Later, he plans to show the video during an appearance on Fox News Channel.
This year’s CPAC — an annual gathering that attracts thousands of Republicans, Libertarians and conservatives — also features presentations from Ann Coulter, Charles Krauthammer, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and several nationally syndicated talk-radio hosts. At CPAC two years ago, D’Souza unveiled a trailer for his first film, 2016, a critical look at President Barack Obama.
“Even though we made a mainstream movie that is for all Americans, we know that it will especially resonate with our conservative friends,” D’Souza told THR. “We are proud to debut our trailer at what is effectively their Super Bowl.”
America is set to open on July 4 and is associate produced by Gray Frederickson, who won a best picture Oscar for The Godfather Part II, and produced by Gerald Molen, who won a best picture Oscar for Schindler’s List. Molen also produced 2016.
Molen described his upcoming film as “a love story about America — what she has meant to us, what she’s done for us and what she expects of us.”
D’Souza was arrested in January on accusations he used “straw donors” to give more money to a Senate candidate than is legally allowed. Molen says the charges are politically motivated, and several powerful conservatives have come to D’Souza’s defense, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who gave the opening keynote address at CPAC on Thursday. Cruz told THR last month that the justice department is engaging in “a remarkably selective prosecution, considering Obama raised millions of dollars under similar circumstances and donors merely faced civil fines while D’Souza is charged with felony violation of federal law.”
D’Souza’s trial is set to begin May 19 in New York.
In 2016, D’Souza conducts an interview with the president’s brother, George Obama, who was living in a hut in Kenya at the time. The film was a surprise hit two years ago, earning $33 million at the domestic box office and becoming the second-most popular political documentary of all time behind Michael Moore‘s Fahrenheit 9/11.
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