Sunday, October 12, 2014

'Rockin' the Wall' Screening and Panel Discussion

I'll be a panelist for this event which includes historian Larry Schweikart (A Patriot's History of the United States), my friend J.E. Dyer, and musicians Jimmy Haslip and Rudy Sarzo (all described below). Be there or be square.

Please join us for a
screening of the Award Winning Film Rockin' the Wall 

This November is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Join us for the fascinating story of rock music's part in bringing down the Iron Curtain with our special guest,

Dr. Larry Schweikart
Professor of History, University of Dayton and Award-winning Filmmaker 

Thursday, November 6, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel
11461 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Dessert Reception and Panel Discussion with Special Guests
following screening
Rudy Sarzo and Jim Haslip are among the many rock and rollers who appear in "Rockin' the Wall," offering touching insight to the fall of Communism.
Dr. Larry Schweikart, the prize-winning historian and former drummer for the opening band for Steppenwolf, brings his award winning film, Rockin' the Wall, to Los Angeles for an exclusive screening and special guests from the film.
Rockin' the Wall is both an engaging history lesson about the Berlin Wall and life behind the Iron Curtain, and an entertaining exploration of the power of rock music as a force for social change and liberation.

When the Berlin Wall went up in 1961, it became the worldwide symbol of communist oppression. While the Wall kept people in, it could not keep Western influences like rock music out. Through Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, rock music penetrated the Iron Curtain with messages of freedom and rebellion.

Rockin' the Wall presents the history of the Berlin Wall through the experiences of well-know rock musicians and those who lived behind the wall. Among the rock musicians featured are Robby Krieger (The Doors), Mark Stein and Vinny Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), David Paich (Toto), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), and the group Mother's Finest who played in East Berlin just weeks before the Wall fell.

People who lived behind the Iron Curtain in several countries describe what their lives were like and how rock music provided them an important lifeline and inspiration -- giving them hope and exposing the short-comings of the communist system.

The film includes historical footage of the famous speeches at the Berlin Wall by Presidents Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy, as well as interviews with former government officials and with European rocker Leslie Mandoki who recalls being visited by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss the power of music.

Features original music written for the film, as well as live music from several of the groups in the film.
Panel discussion will follow the screening with special guests:

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary's Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture. 
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$25 per person - cash or check at the door
Film Screening, Dessert Reception, Panel Discussion
$5 valet parking

DVDs and Soundtrack CDs will be available for purchase

This is Rockin' The Wall exclusive screening in Southern California with special guests, Larry Schweikart, award winning filmmaker, and rockers,Rudy Sarzo and Jimmy Haslip.