Pursuit of the Truth Episode 2 Recap: The Federal Reserve, gun rights, a transgendered rockstar, and more

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The search for the next great documentary and documentary filmmaker continued this week on Pursuit of the Truth. This week, the judges headed to Dallas, TX and New York City to find out if any of the applicants had the concept and the skills to make their dream a reality.

Kelvin Owens kicked things off with his idea for An American Intervention, which takes aim at the untold causes of America’s economic turmoil and The Federal Reserve. Craig and Peter were impressed by his concept and character, but Daniel couldn’t disagree more. He felt that he was going in with a thesis and an agenda, but without any real story behind his documentary.

Up next was Drew McCullough, whose film A Life of Fulfillment would seek to use the culture of snowboarding to show the wonders of capitalism. He wants to bring a group of young, anti-establishment snowboarders to South America in order to celebrate the values of liberty and capitalism. Craig thought the pitch was genius, but again Daniel was a voice of dissent. He believed there were too many tangential storylines and didn’t know if a group of friends going to hang out in Argentina would cut it as the next great documentary.

Texas-native Hilary Kitzman pitched her idea for Fight Like a Girl, a documentary that would show one woman overcoming her fear of guns and how she came to see it as a tool to protect herself in a violent world. For the first time in the episode, Daniel was really supportive of the contestant’s pitch and saw it as an opportunity for a strong female voice to be a part of the gun debate. Hilary promised to interview other women who have used guns in self-defense, bringing an oft-ignored perspective to the forefront. While the concept got the judges talking, all three judges questioned her filmmaking skillset and ability to successfully create the documentary.

Check out Hilary’s pitch below:

The quirkiest idea of the night, A Beautiful Mine, came from Maggie Nelson, whose submission video was heavily influenced by indie hits like Juno and Moonrise Kingdom. She promised to deliver an adventure-quest that will follow a man named Myron back to his hometown in search of an ancient Native American mine that he first heard about as a young boy. This was another hit with the usually critical Daniel Chalfen who loved the storytelling and marketing potential, and Peter Billingsley loved the amount of structure already in place in her pitch. Craig Hatkoff, on the other hand, wasn’t impressed. He questioned Maggie’s ability to really deliver on any of the elements of the pitch.

David Rufful came to the table with a topic that will be sure to please TheBlaze audience members. In The Dartmouth Review Pleads Innocent, Rufful wants to tell a story that would be Animal House meets Newsroom, where a group of young conservatives used some pretty crazy antics (bringing live animals on campus to form the “Student Club for Bestiality” to challenge the college’s decision to fund groups based on sexuality) in order to express their political viewpoints. The judges all loved the concept, and thought it had the potential to be a fun and irreverent entry into the mix. But like most of the first time filmmakers, they questioned his ability to get the job done.

The entry that will likely raise the most eyebrows came from Dan Quigley and his idea for the film The Journey of Mina, starring a transgender rock star who for a long time was known as heavy metal rockstar Keith, but is now Mina. Despite encountering opposition from her fans, Mina is preparing to release a new album and Quigley wants to follow her journey. Will it be an agenda-driven film? Or will it be a solid story that could end up being a great film? The judges were torn, but clearly were impressed by his unique and compelling concept.

Watch Quigley’s pitch below:

Next week: Six contestants are picked to move on as semi-finalists, who then set out to produce a two-minute teaser for their documentary feature!

 

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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