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The documentary film "Hating Breitbart," that takes a look at the late online media mogul Andrew Breitbart, opened in limited release this weekend in its less-cursing, PG-13 format after its producers decided to intentionally target Christian moviegoers as well, says the movie's director.
"We wanted to capture Andrew as he was: loud and passionate when he saw liberal hypocrisy in the mainstream media. But we also wanted to make sure that all Americans can see what a fascinating man he was so we decided to create a PG-13 version. Andrew had tremendous respect for the Christian community and its leadership and I know he would have wanted them to be able to enjoy this movie as well," said Director Andrew Marcus in an exclusive statement to The Christian Post.
Recent screenings leading up to this weekend's release of "Hating Breitbart" have included stops at Christian colleges such as Wheaton College and Biola University. Additionally, the film was shown at the Colorado-based Focus on The Family as well as a screening for journalists from The Christian Post and World Magazine. Singer Pat Boone, one of Hollywood's most prominent Christian leaders, was also given a special screening.
In light of today's news, such as the Department of Justice's alleged confiscation of two months of Associated Press phone records, those viewing the film, which shows attempts by liberal-leaning political activists to squelch Breitbart, will not have to leap too far to understand how such a thing could happen.
During public appearances, including on TV talk shows, his opponents tried to dismiss his accusations of political spin from liberals, such as calling the Tea Party racist. Sometimes, the confrontations were loud and boisterous.
Breitbart, former contributor to The Drudge Report, is heard saying in one scene of the movie: "We are an Army of citizen journalists and we are going to take this country back," referring to the average citizens' ability to capture news on cell phones and digital cameras.
Despite the reluctance by some Christian leaders to voice their opinion on political matters, Marcus has been quietly screening his movie for key people in the faith community ahead of the film's theatrical release, say his publicists.
One of the film's most poignant scenes occurs when Breitbart's father-in-law, actor Orson Bean, recounts how members of his wife Alley Mills' Bible study had told her of their love for Andrew before realizing that she was his mother-in-law.
In an interview with "The 700 Club" shortly before his untimely death on March 1, 2012, Breitbart declared, "I consider myself to be a Judeo-Christian."
Breitbart collapsed while walking in Brentwood, Calif. He died at the age of 43 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. An autopsy showed that he had cardiomegaly and died of heart failure.
On the Web: www.hatingbreitbart.com