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Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

April 25, 2006 11:27 PM

Here's the email I sent to our mailng list this morning announcing Robert's next film.

Some exciting news at Brave New Films. We're ready to start production on Robert's new documentary: "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers." Over the last few months we've recruited a core team, and with the help of our volunteer field producers, have uncovered some devastating and powerful material that hasn't been seen before. We need your help to make it, more about that in a minute.

We can't tell you anything more specific about the film yet, but I can assure you it will have an enormous impact when it comes out shortly before the elections this November.

War time is about sacrificing for the common good. So many soldiers and families have paid unimaginable sacrifices, and for some to profit OBSCENELY from that sacrifice is one of the worst crimes possible. It's a crime against all of us, not just as Americans, but as human beings.

IRAQ FOR SALE: The War Profiteers will hold these corporations accountable for crimes against humanity. Watch the teaser trailer and a message from Robert.

To start shooting, we need money. Overall, the film will cost about $750,000. We can expect about $450,000 of it to be offset by DVD sales, selling foreign rights, and an advance from our retail store distributor, but we still need $300,000.

A generous donor just stepped up and will contribute $100,000 if we can match it with $200,000 from someone else.

That someone else is you! 4000 people giving $50 each. We'll put everyone's name in the credits. You can give these donations as gifts in someone's name or in memory of a loved one if you'd like.

Imagine that. 4000 names scrolling by at the end of the film. Almost as many people as in the Lord of the Rings credits!

More importantly, this is people standing up to corporations. It's a clear message... a beautiful thing and exactly what the film is about. Every newspaper article written will talk about how IRAQ FOR SALE was funded by YOU.

Fundraising has been a constant challenge for us. What Brave New Films does is unique, so we don't fit into a neat little box for the suits with the cash. Aside from a few generous individuals, much of the money for each film has come from Robert taking out loans from the bank. DVD sales help offset this, but it can't go on forever. When Robert sees that next film in his head, there's nothing stopping him from getting to work. It's our job -- yours and mine -- to make sure that continues.

For me, this is also about what Brave New Films can be. If we don't have to rely on the handful of big donors out there, or heaven help us, the Hollywood studios, we can tackle any subject no matter how entrenched or powerful the people involved might be. No one can hide from the camera.

People Powered Film.

It's my dream...and I hope yours. Let's make it happen.

Jim Gilliam
and the entire Brave New Films crew. Rick, Lisa, Sarah, Jesse, Tracy, Paris, Devin, and Robert.

People really are stepping up and donating... but the amazing thing is what people are doing with the credits. Listing loved ones, soldiers, even their own websites. It's really really cool. Please post it on your own websites and spread the word!

More from the archive in Movies.

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (04.25.2006)

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Read the 4 comments.


Won't the Bushies just take the credits list and sign us all up for an IRS audit? ;-)

Thu Apr 27 2006 1:39 PM


Cool...can't wait to check it out

Thu Apr 27 2006 2:17 PM


I read an article on the internet that was written about Iraq for Sale which stated that "the Democrats have found a counter to talk radio...and it's documentaries." I loved that comment because documentaries are actually able to REVEAL REAL EVIDENCE i.e. newspaper articles, etc... and INTERVIEW REAL PEOPLE who are/were INVOLVED in the process. Not like talk radio where people are just TALKING mostly out of emotions, biases, or just plain ignorance.

Sun Sep 17 2006 7:51 PM

Ruth Edwards:

Congratulations! This movie should be compulsory viewing! I loved it, loved it, loved it. It just goes to show how stinking and dirty these major corporations like Halliburton really are; and how nauseating is that swaggering buffoon George Bush??? Makes my blood boil! How could the world, yes guys, the world, end up with someone like that in the driver's seat at the White House?

There were many things in your movie that were shocking, but I think what was so pitiful was the fact that the relatives of the civilian workers who'd died so horribly in Iraq were so seemingly naive! DOesn't any of the meaningful work done by organisations such as Corpwatch amount to anything? Does everyone simply ignore the expose's that are published in your newspapers over there? I'm a simply housewife, a South African living in the Middle East, yet even I have read countless reports of the corruption, the funding the dirty deeds and shenannigins that go on behind boardroom doors by these self-serving creeps that buy their way into the next multi-million $ deal by sucking up to the Republican party!

Where will it all end. How the hell did you ever end up with Bush in the White House. I am certain that history will condemn the idiot as the most dangerous leader (?) in many centuries.

Michael Moore - WATCH THIS MOVIE! Guys, keep up the fantastic work!

Mon Oct 9 2006 1:32 AM

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