Friday, August 29, 2008

Interview with Jarek Kupsc, Director, Writer and Star of "The Reflecting Pool" – Part II

(originally published by OpEdNews)


“An investigation of the 9/11 events by a Russian-American journalist implicates the US government in the attacks.

Alex Prokop (Jarek Kupsc), a successful journalist, receives a rare 9/11 videotape revealing new information about the day of the attacks. The footage was sent by Paul Cooper (Joseph Culp), a driven researcher whose daughter died on 9/11. Sensing a good story, Prokop travels with Cooper to New York and Washington, D. C., where they uncover suppressed information about the attacks and their aftermath. As Cooper introduces Prokop to key eye-witnesses, the façade of the “official story” begins to crumble.”


Bonanno: You said in your interview with Jonathan Mark of FlyBy News that you would like to see “The Reflecting Pool” become another “All The President’s Men”.

Also, I’m going to ask the obvious. Alan Pakula, who directed “All The President’s Men”, seemed to have a much easier time getting that movie into mainstream theaters than you seem to be having with “The Reflecting Pool”

Could you contrast and compare the two situations and maybe even the two movies?

Kupsc: That’s a fair question. I actually never said that I’d like it to become another “All The President’s Men”. I have no illusions as far as the quality of our film verses the quality of the big Hollywood multi-million dollar production starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. There’s no comparison in terms of pure artistic and technical accomplishment. Obviously their movie is a very well made movie with backing by Hollywood.

If I had the same amount of money as Alan Pakula had there would be something to discuss. But ours is a very low budget film.

However, having said that, I would suggest that the same forces that were behind Watergate, behind wire tapping and all the stuff that happened back in the ‘70s, these forces not only succeeded in continuing their nefarious activities, as well as their influence on government, but are still in power today and are stronger than ever. America is, indeed, on the precipice of becoming a fascist state. If you look at all the powers Bush has granted himself through presidential directives and other laws that went into affect, you can see, and it’s all documented at the whitehouse.gov web site, the dictatorial power that Bush wields at this point, or any future president will wield. The powers they have are larger than those that Oliver Cromwell had back during the British Empire days.

Cromwell was a dictator but still did not have as many powers as President Bush does today. In terms of Anglo-American history, no other president or leader or king has ever wielded more dictatorial powers than President Bush does today.

You have to ask yourself is this the democracy with which I grew up? Is it really working for me as a citizen? People seem to be so oblivious to the fact that they work more hours today than ever. They work 60 hour weeks. They make less money than ever.

47 million Americans have no health insurance. 30% of the high school kids cannot graduate because they’re illiterate. 40% of kids in Harlem are diabetic because of the fast food industry who is completely dominating the airways with their commercials during The Olympics. They’re basically selling poison to the children.

We have Donald Rumsfeld in the ‘70s who was a lobbyist for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. He pushed for Aspartame to be used in every single gum that’s being produced in America.

Aspartame has been banned around the world as virtually a carcinogenic poison. Yet, you can’t find a chewing gum without Aspartame, even if you try.

All these issues are important.

Bonanno: People don’t realize that, as you say, Bush is setting a precedent for future presidents.

Kupsc: It’s just not him because he’s a man of limited intellectual capabilities, as former Press Secretary Scott McClellan testified in his recent book. Nobody has any illusions that Bush is very competent as an individual. However, admittedly, he’s not a fact checker. He signs his name to papers that other people bring to him. He’s a puppet, a figurehead. This has been done by other presidents before him and will be done by presidents after him.

Whoever gives the president dictatorial powers – you have to trace it back to his advisors and people he surrounds himself with and see what forces they represent. It could be the neocons or, as with Obama, The Trilateral Commission. I’d encourage anybody to Google The Trilateral Commission to learn what it is promoting.

Even though we have a dictator president, he’s not of the caliber that, say, Oliver Cromwell was in England.

Even FDR had enormous powers during the war, but he managed to do a lot of good things as well.

The office of the presidency has been basically diminished to the point of just being a figurehead without any real agenda. It’s a blank slate.

Bonanno: I wrote an article stating pretty much what you’re saying right now.

Kupsc: So we’re on the same page.

Bonanno: Right.

Kupsc: I’m really concerned – I don’t know if you want to hear my concerns regarding the upcoming election.

Bonanno: I would love to. I think that the OpEdNews readers would want to hear that as well.

However, I’d like to get back a little bit more – then we’ll definitely get to the election – get back a little bit more to the distribution of “The Reflecting Pool”.

I had given this a lot of thought. I know that you say you don’t want to become part of the mainstream corporate film making system. For instance, Oliver Stone…

Kupsc: I think that you’re very, very wrong about that, Michael.

Bonanno: Am I really? OK…

Kupsc: I don’t know if you’re familiar with the new movie that Oliver Stone is releasing in September called “W”.

Bonanno: I know very little about it, but I’ve seen some trailers.

Kupsc: Let’s just look at what he did with 9/11. He basically made a movie about two guys trapped in the rubble for two hours without any context as to what happened that day.

He made “JFK”, which was a really important movie, but I don’t think we can look up to people on the “A” list in Hollywood – oh, by the way, he’s not on the “A” list anymore because “A” list means you make a lot of money for the studios – and all of his recent movies have tanked, including “WTC”.

He’s not a big player in Hollywood anymore.

There’s just nothing happening. People cannot deal with the issue of 9/11.

You have to follow the line of the media which was very impressed with “United 93”, which was a complete fabrication, a completely unsubstantiated fabrication based on the fantasy that was created by the government.

Bonanno: “United 93” served as a wonderful reinforcement, though, didn’t it?

Kupsc: Yes, and this is why I’m saying I would not wish to push “The Reflecting Pool” into that realm.

It has no chance of being picked up by a major studio.

Another problem with distribution, if you don’t do it yourself, is the same problem that happened with “Loose Change”, the final cut, which was the third edition when they were actually bought by Mark Cuban, an extremely rich person who decided to release it theatrically. For no apparent reason, he pulled the plug, leaving those guys hanging, therefore postponing the movie for another 7 or 8 months.

What happens sometimes, when a distributor comes in, and you sign your rights off to that person for a number of years, you may never, ever see that movie play anywhere and you can’t do anything about it. They can shelve it. They can do anything they want with it.

It’s a very risky proposition, if you have a project like “The Reflecting Pool”, to approach a legitimate Hollywood distributor and say, “Here, here’s my movie. Give me $200,000, I’ll shut up and you can do whatever you want with it.”

Of course I could use $200,000. I could use $200.00, but it’s not about money.

We want this to be heard and seen and I believe that, if such a distributor would pick us up, they would shelve this movie. They would never, ever have it shown as long as they’d hold on to the rights, which I’m not about to relinquish.

We’re also working right now on making the movie available as a download.

I’m flying to Poland in three weeks to do a screening at the biggest Polish film festival and Joseph Culp is taking the movie to Norway to their film festival. We’re opening in New Zealand in October.

All this is done based on our personal efforts and contacts.

As an independent movie makes for very little money, we’ve been extremely successful.

We just finished a tour of the east coast. We opened the movie theatrically in New York City, which is an historical event. For the first time ever, a 9/11 truth oriented film received a theatrical run in the country.

We were reviewed by the New York Times, which, of course, was a hit piece. But we also got terrific reviews online by independent reviewers.

It’s gone pretty well. Of course, we can’t pay our rent, but that’s another story.

We are screening virtually every week-end now.

I just got an email from a man in Switzerland who’s going to show the movie. We’re screening in Canada in Waterloo, Ontario. We’re screening in Boulder, Colorado in a week, I think I’ve mentioned that.

So, it’s an ongoing effort.

We’re also going to screen the movie together with “Able Danger”, which is another 9/11 thriller, on September the 11th in New York City on a double bill.

People are seeing this movie and they talk about it. I would urge anybody to write their own review and post it, whether you like it or not.

Just keep talking about it. Don’t let the 9/11 issue die a natural or unnatural death. You have to keep this issue alive, whether the media wants you to or not. It’s our duty to get to the bottom of it. None of the questions that we are trying to raise has been successfully or satisfactorily answered.

To friendship,
Michael

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