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TAS Special Edition of Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?

By Laurie Rice

Nov 25, 2014

The Atlas Society's special edition DVD of Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? is available for pre-order at the movie's website. Pre-ordering will have the DVD arrive on January 6. 

The Atlas Society's version for Part 3 will include six insightful movie commentaries by David Kelley, Objectivist philosopher at TAS. 

It will also include a talk by David Kelley from TAS's 2014 Atlas Summit called "The Sanction of the Victim," exploring one of Atlas Shrugged's core themes.

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? will be for sale on Blu-Ray on November 28, the day after Thanksgiving. Ordering the Blu-Ray on "Black Friday" (November 28) will guarantee delivery by December 16. Digital versions of the movie will also be available for purchase on December 16 through iTunes. Fans can buy Part 3 individually or invest in the entire Atlas Shrugged trilogy. The Blu-Ray and iTunes versions of the whole Atlas Shrugged trilogy will include each of the films and all of The Atlas Society's special features for all three movies (plus special features from other organizations such as Reason and FreedomWorks). 

The movie team is also hosting a special week-long sale called 'Midas Mulligan's Black Friday Gulch Sale.' The Atlas Shrugged merchandise site is offering deep discounts on other items such as "I Am John Galt" t-shirts, dollar sign necklaces,  Rearden Metal bracelets, and official Galt's Gulch coins. Anything purchased at the movie merchandise store through The Atlas Society's affiliate link will allocate a portion of the profits to The Atlas Society, so purchase items for your friends and familty today.

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Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? on Blu-Ray and DVD

By Laurie Rice

Oct 06, 2014

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? will be for sale on Blu-Ray on November 28, the day after Thanksgiving. Ordering Blu-Ray on "Black Friday" (November 28) will guarantee delivery by December 16. Digital versions of the movie will also be available for purchase on December 16 through iTunes.

Fans can buy Part 3 individually or invest in the entire Atlas Shrugged trilogy. The Blu-Ray and iTunes version for Part 3 will include 3 insightful movie commentaries by David Kelley, Objectivist philosopher and founder of TAS.

It will also include a talk by David Kelley from TAS's 2014 Atlas Summit called "The Sanction of the Victim," exploring one of Atlas Shrugged's core themes. 

The Blu-Ray and iTunes versions of the whole Atlas Shrugged trilogy will include each of the films and all of The Atlas Society's special features for all three movies (plus special features from other organizations such as Reason and Freedomworks). 

If you don't have a Blu-Ray player, The Atlas Society's Special Edition DVD for Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? will be available for order on January 6. 

Anything purchased at the movie's merchandise store through our affiliate link will allocate a portion of the profit to The Atlas Society, so buy your movies, t-shirts, accessories and posters to support our mission! 

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Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? Premiere in Las Vegas

By Laurie Rice

Oct 06, 2014

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? is now 4 weeks out after hitting theaters on September 12. The third Atlas Shrugged movie, based on the final part of Ayn Rand's iconic novel, debuted in over 200 theaters nation-wide. Atlas Society staff attended the world premiere on September 6 in Las Vegas, along with producers of the movie, lead actors and actresses, and a lot of enthusiastic fans. 

Atlas Society trustee and Atlas Shrugged movie producer John Aglialoro, Laura Regan (Dagny Taggart), and Atlas Society founder David Kelley. 

Left: Atlas Society CEO Aaron Day and TAS supporter Heather Wagenhals.
Right: TAS Special Projects and Operations Executive Aaron Rainwater and Director of Advocacy Edward Hudgins.  Dominic Daniel (Eddie Willers), Laura Regan (Dagny Taggart), and Kristoffer Polaha (John Galt). 

Left: Atlas Shrugged movie producer Joan Carter and Laura Regan (Dagny Taggart).
Right: David Kelley

Left: David Kelley and Atlas Shrugged co-producer Bernie Laramie.
Right: Atlas Shrugged director James Manera (See The Atlas Society's interview with James Manera.)

The Atlas Society's Aaron Rainwater and Ed Hudgins with TAS supporter Heather Wagenhals. 

 Atlas Society trustee Jay Lapeyre, Joan Carter, Atlas Shrugged producer Harmon Kaslow, Sally Lapeyre. 

Atlas Shrugged movie producer Scott DeSapio with wife Mila DeSapio and daughter.Producer John Aglialoro dancing with Joan Carter at the Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? world premiere.

Photos by Judd Weiss.
See more pictures of the premiere at the Atlas Shrugged movie's Facebook page.

 

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Part 3 In Theaters This Weekend! Buy Parts 1 & 2 Today!

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? comes to theaters this weekend! The movie opens on September 12 in almost 300 theaters, nation-wide. Find the theater nearest to you on the movie's official website. There are other fun ways to get involved, too! Use The Atlas Society's merchandise link to access the movie's merchandise store. Follow The Atlas Society and Atlas Shrugged The Movie on Facebook. Demand the movie in your town. Share this article on your own social media. 

Any purchases you make using our affiliate link to the movie's merchandise store will contribute to The Atlas Society and our work, which provides the philosophical context for Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? Buy The Atlas Society's Special Edition DVDs! Here is the link for The Atlas Society's special edition of Part 1.

TAS's Part 2 Special Edition DVD features: 

  • Three beautifully produced video commentaries on scenes from the film by David Kelley, including commentary on Francisco D'Anconia's "money speech." 
  • David Kelley's interviews with leads in the film: Samantha Mathis (Dagny Taggart), Jason Beghe (Hank Rearden), Esai Morales (Francisco D'Anconia), Patrick Fabian (James Taggart), and Kim Rhodes (Lillian Rearden). 
  • Atlas Shrugged and the Struggle for Liberty," a panel discussion at the 2012 Atlas Summit, with John Stossel, Grover Norquist, Robert Poole, and Alexander McCobin. 
  • "The World of Atlas Shrugged" audio feature (also included in TAS's Part 1 Special Edition). 

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Atlas Shrugged Part 3 in Theaters September 12

Have you ever wanted to see what Galt’s gulch looks like? Ever wondered how Galt’s speech could be adapted for film? You are less than two weeks away from the answers.

Atlas Shrugged Part 3: Who is John Galt? opens September 12, 2014, in selected theaters. To find a theater near you, check out the map at the movie's online forum, Galt’s Gulch Online. The site will also show you how to organize an “Atlas Shrugged Meet-up.” Share the experience with friends and other fans!

If the movie is not playing in your area, you can “Demand Atlas!” at the movie's official Web site, where you will also find other ways to get involved and help promote the Atlas Shrugged movie

 See the trailer below and get excited for Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?!  

 

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David Kelley interviewed on the Atlas Shrugged trilogy

Atlas Shrugged fans will genuinely enjoy this casual behind-the-scenes look at the film trilogy. Joe Thomas, radio talk show host on 107.5 WCHV-FM (Charlottesville, Virginia) interviews Atlas Society founder David Kelley. David served as a script consultant to the trilogy.

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Atlas Shrugged Part 3 Teaser Trailer

By Laurie Rice

May 23, 2014

The Atlas Shrugged movie has released its teaser trailer for Part 3: Who Is John Galt?!

See images created by sand artist Joe Castillo, illustrating a sunrise, John Galt, and the statue of liberty. The text reads a quote by Patrick Henry: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? I know not what course others may take but as for me, give me liberty or give me death." 

Fans of the Atlas Shrugged book might recall that John Galt, Francisco D'Anconia, and Ragnar Dannesköld attended Patrick Henry University. 

See the movie this fall on September 12, 2014, or get a first look at the full-length pre-release of the film at The Atlas Summit, June 19-22 in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

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Participate in the final Atlas Shrugged movie edit!

Atlas Summit attendees will have an unprecedented and exclusive opportunity to view and offer feedback on Atlas Shrugged Part III as it is in the process of final production. It’ll be like sitting in the producer’s chair as you view a full-length preview of Atlas Shrugged Part III.

Participate in the final edit of Atlas Shrugged Part III.

The producers are interested in the reaction of fans as they prepare the film for public release September 12th. They know that Atlas Summit attendees can be expected to provide the insight of people who know and love the story of Atlas Shrugged and are eager to see the film succeed.

When: The Friday, June 20 Dinner Event, “A first look at Atlas Shrugged Part III will include the full-length preview, courtesy of the film producers. Not a trailer, not a few scenes, but the full movie in an early screening.
 
Join us at the Manchester Country Club for a delicious dinner, with a program that will include Associate Producer Scott DeSapio and consultant David Kelley. The speakers will share inside perspectives on the making and meaning of the film.
 
Viewers will be able to enjoy the full sweep and drama of the movie even though in some respects the film will be in draft (some scenes may not be completed, or they may lack the final music and color correction). This will be the earliest complete screening of Atlas Shrugged Part III.
 
Join us at the Atlas Summit to take part in this fabulous once-in-a-lifetime event and to make your own impact on the development of this epochal film. 
 

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Bitcoin and the Ayn Rand Imagination

The Atlas Shrugged movie is now accepting Bitcoin to join their web forum, called Galt’s Gulch Online. Limited content is available for free to all visitors of Galt’s Gulch Online, but premium content, such as the new Atlas Shrugged Part 3 teaser trailer, is available only to “producers” who pay a fee. And that fee can now be paid in Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a digital money sweeping the world and offering some degree of freedom from government currencies. It imitates the scarcity of a material currency (e.g. gold) by means of an algorithm, which places a limit on the amount of bitcoin that can be “mined” from its source by those who maintain the transaction ledger. As Rob Wile puts it, "It's like a giant interactive spreadsheet everyone has access to and updates."

Miners, however, are not the majority of users -- most users gain Bitcoin by receiving it as payment from the protocol, or by purchasing it with dollars (at a Bitcoin ATM, for instance). Bitcoin is exchanged and stored in “wallets," which can be downloaded from sites such as Blockchain.info. Each wallet has a unique address, which users share with each other in order to send and receive bitcoin (or fractions of bitcoin, as one bitcoin is currently equivalent to about $500).
 
Bitcoin is completely legal and, for now, mostly unregulated. Other appealing features, for lovers of liberty and capitalism are 1. Bitcoin’s pseudonymity (every transaction is encrypted, unlike the elaborately traceable trails of credit, in which you trade the whole of your financial identity just to purchase a hamburger) and 2. Bitcoin’s distributed network (the government can never shut down bitcoin; its code can live on any and every computer.)  
 
Ayn Rand finished and published Atlas Shrugged in 1957 -- interestingly, just a year before the American military first began using the computer networking technology that would eventually develop into the internet we know today.

A Bitcoin wallet is a statement of hope for the principle of trade.
In Atlas Shrugged, Rand romanticized the industries of steel, copper, oil, railroads, and motors. Rand used these technologies to philosophically symbolize intelligence, creativity, and man’s redemption from nature and even death. Dagny’s first thought when she finds Galt’s motor is that it would “add ten years to every man’s life.” Galt’s motor represents not only technological progress but the self-starting mechanism of human will. In later years of her career, Ayn Rand wrote about the philosophical meaning of other technologies. She and colleague Nathaniel Branden wrote about “The Property Status of Airwaves” for the technologies of radio and television. She explored the horror, ethics and spectacle of the atomic bomb in an unfinished movie script called Top Secret (you can read her notes about it in The Journals of Ayn Rand). One of her most beautiful, elated essays was about her experience watching the launch of Apollo 11, which she described as “the concretized abstraction of man's greatness… That we had seen a demonstration of man at his best, no one could doubt--this was the cause of the event's attraction and of the stunned numbed state in which it left us. And no one could doubt that we had seen an achievement of man in his capacity as a rational being--an achievement of reason, of logic, of mathematics, of total dedication to the absolutism of reality.”
 
Unfortunately, Rand died in 1982, before the real boom of the digital and internet age. We will never know what fascinating insights and commentary she would have had about digital technologies such as Bitcoin. Whether smart property would have affected her opinions about government enforcement of contract and property laws. Whether theories such as Ethereum, which applies Bitcoin scripting language to law, would have inspired Rand to essays refining and elaborating her view of a proper government. 
 
We will never know whether a dot-com millionaire character might have burst with pride at his ability to host a digital city in the cloud -- in the same way Hank Rearden felt pride at the sight of his steel mills. Perhaps Rand would have written a code-genius character in reference to Satoshi Nakamoto, the alias of Bitcoin’s inventor, to appear alongside the other creator archetypes in Galt’s Gulch.  
 
We can’t know Rand’s mind about the events of our own age. But in the project of the Atlas Shrugged movies, and their attendant commentary, we can see what captures an Objectivist imagination. Jay Ankeney has praised the aesthetics of the CGI technology used to portray Rearden’s bridge. Nick Gillespie wrote a unique commentary for Time Magazine, called “Ayn Rand Would Have Loved Kickstarter.” It’s about how the Atlas Shrugged movie team’s Kickstarter Campaign embraced innovative social media strategies. We can picture a millenial Dagny crowdfunding the John Galt line as a supplement to direct investments.
 
The Atlas Shrugged movie team's acceptance of Bitcoin is significant. Bitcoin is a technology of the highest human aspirations, and Objectivism is a philosophy to defend and describe human aspiration.
 
In Atlas Shrugged’s “money speech,” Ayn Rand wrote, “Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value… Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle.” A Bitcoin wallet is also a statement of hope about all human beings in the world. It is more universal than the dollar, as it transcends governments and geography. At the end of Atlas Shrugged, John Galt traces the symbol of the dollar as a benediction over the earth, open again to the creator’s imagination. In 1957, the dollar was the limit of Ayn Rand’s imagination of money. It was, at the time, the most appropriate symbol of capitalism. Perhaps new technologies call for the imagination of new symbols.
 
EXPLORE: 
Watch video commentaries on the Atlas Shrugged movies
Watch David Kelley's commentary on "The Root of Money"
Read The Credit Crisis and Moral Hazards by William R Thomas 
Read America's Deficit Culture by William R Thomas 
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Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? To Be Released Sept. 12

The Atlas Shrugged movie team has set a release date of September 12 for the final installment of the Atlas films. Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? features Laura Regan as Dagny Taggart, Rob Morrow as Hank Rearden, and Kris Polaha as the heroic John Galt. (See the full cast list.) In this final chapter we'll see scenes from 'Galt's Gulch', the fictional utopia of creative capitalists. We'll also hear Galt's speech, dramatizing Ayn Rand's message in Atlas Shrugged and calling for individualism and freedom.

Kris Polaha as John GaltThe Atlas Society has supported the movie team throughout the trilogy, offering insights and providing connections between the movie and the philosophy of Objectivism. Fans of Atlas Shrugged will recognize September as a significant time in the novel (the story begins on September 2), while the politically inclined will recognize September as anticipating midterm elections. Producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow have taken advantage of American politicial unrest and the timing of elections for the previous movies as well, with Part 1 released on April 15 in 2011, and Part 2 released before the 2012 presidential election.

Audiences looking foward to the movie can signal their interest by "demanding" the movie in their cities. Areas with the most interest will tell the movie team and distributors where best to use their resources. 

Demand Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? in your city today! 

Picture: Kris Polaha as John Galt, photographed by Judd Weiss. 

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