... Instead, a “feminist” is a fiscally conservative, pro-life butt-kicker in public, a cooperative helpmate at home, and a Christian wife and mother, above all. Rep. Michele Bachmann is Exhibit A. With her relentless attacks on big government and a widely circulated 2006 video in which she credits her professional success to the submission of her will to Jesus and her husband, Bachmann represents “a new definition of feminism,” says Stephen Bannon, director of “Fire From the Heartland,” a 2010 movie about the female leaders of the Tea Party.
Last year, Sarah Palin connected herself with feminists in a speech — not the kind who loaf about “in the faculty lounge at some East Coast women’s college,” as she put it, but a gun-toting, self-reliant, pro-life Christian woman who credits her gender as the source of her power. Bachmann hasn’t gone so far, but in “Fire from the Heartland,” she talks about why women should engage in the political process. “Women feel it in our gut and in our heart — and that sense is coming over us that something is terribly wrong,” she says. ...
Before Sarah Palin, Steve Bannon made a movie about Michele Bachmann. Could it push her over the top in Iowa?
One could make a fairly convincing case that Steve Bannon, the filmmaker who brought us the Sarah Palin bio pic "The Undefeated," has gotten at least as much attention these last few months as Palin herself. (We at The Atlantic have supplied a good deal of it.) But with Palin looking ever less likely to run, a different Bannon film could -- ironically -- wind up having a bigger impact on the Republican primaries. Last September, Bannon released "Fire From the Heartland," an admiring film about Michele Bachmann and other Tea Party-style conservative women. (One reviewer, who happens to be my editor, called it "An admixture of propaganda and documentary that gives a new view on conservative women and their role in the movement.") The movie was funded by the conservative group Citizens United, which, on Sunday, launched a $75,000 Iowa advertising campaign that includes television and billboards (like the one above) strategically placed near Des Moines and Ames. Per a Citizens United press release, the ad campaign will "culminate with a booth at the Ames Straw Poll on August 13th."
"Culminating with a booth" hardly quickens the pulse. But the obvious intent here is to boost Bachmann's showing at the straw poll -- and maybe make a few bucks in the process. Although the movie is about a group of conservative women, Bachmann has now been elevated to a starring role and Citizens United has recut the movie poster to feature her alone. I called Bannon to ask him about his "other" movie and who he'd prefer to see win the nomination, Palin or Bachmann. "Look, I'm very proud of ["Fire From the Heartland"], it's a great film, and it's got a lot about Gov. Palin in it," he told me. "It tells a terrific story and as many people ought to watch it as possible. It shows sides of Rep. Bachmann that haven't been seen before. The film really goes into her time as a tax litigator and how that changed her life."
Politico - Michele Bachmann film ads to be aired in Iowa by Citizens United By Dave Levinthal and Maggie Haberman - 07/22/11
“With this ad, we are drafting off a leader, and we’re very lucky because we happen to have a wonderful product and have a front-runner starring in our film,” Bossie said. “We want to place these ads where people are paying attention.”
The 30-spot pictures Bachmann speaking about Americans losing their rights — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As she speaks, images of President Barack Obama, burning money and angry crowds of people flash on screen.
Press Release: Citizens United Running Television Ads In Iowa Promoting "Fire from the Heartland,” Starring Michele Bachmann - 07/22/11
Washington, DC – Citizens United Productions today announced a major advertising campaign in Iowa totaling nearly $100,000 which will encompass TV, Billboards, and Internet Advertising for its documentary film "Fire from the Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative Woman," starring Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. The ad campaign will culminate at the Ames Straw Poll on August 13th where Citizens United Productions will have a booth.
"Fire from the Heartland" has been a successful documentary for Citizens United Productions, and we look forward to marketing it to the good people of Iowa in the run up to the Ames Straw Poll," said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United and the film's Producer.
Starring Michele Bachmann, "Fire from the Heartland" features a range of activists, politicians, and commentators such as Phyllis Schlafly, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, S.E. Cupp, Dana Loesch, Michelle Easton, Sonnie Johnson, Jenny Beth Martin, Michelle Moore, Jamie Radtke, Deneen Borelli, Janine Turner, and Congresswomen Cynthia Lummis, and Jean Schmidt.
"Fire from the Heartland" was written and directed by "The Undefeated" director Stephen K. Bannon ("Generation Zero," "Battle for America," "In the Face of Evil.")
"This is a film about extraordinary women who accomplished great things." said Mr. Bannon.
The television ad starts today in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids media markets. View the ad HERE – full script below:
Bachmann Fire from the Heartland Ad: 30
Michele Bachmann Sound Bite: We can't even begin to calculate... how expensive that loss of individual liberties is. So when government interferes with those rights, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, government's treading on very dangerous ground. It isn't that men aren't seeing what's going on, women feel it. And that sense is coming over us, that something is terribly wrong.
Voice Over Tag: "Fire from the Heartland," starring Michele Bachmann, on DVD now at FireFromTheHeartland.com
Citizens United Productions, the country's leading conservative film production company, is the organization behind "Hillary the Movie," the film that recently brought about the landmark First Amendment Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In addition, Citizens United has produced widely regarded films such as "America at Risk," "Generation Zero," and "Battle for America," as well as award winning films "Perfect Valor," with Senator Fred Thompson, "Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny" with Newt and Callista Gingrich. Citizens United Productions has released 18 feature-length documentaries.
Cagle Post - The Fearless Female Patriots Who Fought For Our Independence by David N. Bossie - 07/01/11
This Independence Day marks the 235th birthday of the United States of America. The 4th of July is a day to celebrate our country’s heritage and the ideals upon which it was founded, as well as to resolve ourselves to keep the spirit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness alive for ourselves and our future generations. Recently, we have seen a reawakening of conservative women in this country who have stepped up in this role. But this is not a new phenomenon. Women have been a driving force in America’s rise to prominence from the Founding of our nation.
The very first tea party to be organized by women was the Edenton Tea Party – in 1774. Today’s Tea Party movement is led by many of the stars of our film Fire from the Heartland, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, Deneen Borelli, Sonnie Johnson, Dana Loesch, Michelle Malkin, Jenny Beth Martin, Michelle Moore, and Jamie Radtke, all of whom have taken an active role in the Tea Party rallies. Much like the “Ladys of Edenton,” these women are standing up to an intrusive government that has overstepped its bounds.
Daily Caller - Mother’s Day and the conservative movement by David N. Bossie - 05/06/11
Last fall, Citizens United Productions released “Fire from the Heartland,” a film about the awakening of the conservative woman. America is facing a number of challenges due to the failed policies of President Obama, and some of the loudest voices against these policies have been mothers. In the film, Michelle Malkin explains this maternal activism, saying, “We do not want our kids’ and our grandkids’ futures taken away from us and we’re going to stand up and do whatever we need to do to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
“Fire from the Heartland” brings female politicians, activists, and commentators together to share their emotional stories of triumph over adversity in the fight for freedom. One of the most striking themes of the film is the impact of motherhood.
Big Journalism - More Women Embrace GOP Candidates? We're Not Suprised. by David N. Bossie - 10/24/10
On Tuesday, the Washington Post had an article, "Democrats try to woo women as more embrace GOP candidates," that further confirms that this is the year of the conservative woman and that "Mama Grizzlies," like those featured in Fire from the Heartland, are leading the way.
One Democrat strategist in the article says, "They do not think the administration's economic policies are working for their families, and worry about the priorities of this administration, and wonder if they get it."
I'm in full agreement with the author's point of view. Mama Grizzley's scare the left and their feminist bullies because, like all bullies, these women can't handle a stronger target than themselves. Pushback is creating an environment that has allowed many women to take a stand for REAL feminism that protects a woman's right to think for themselves. Apparently this doesn't sit well with the left because, according to a few of those lefty women, they aren't "real women" at all if they don't vote to kill their unborn child.
Well, all I can say is that Fire From the Heartland doesn't just burn on the big screen, but in real life as well. In my scouring of the net for news articles to bash and make fun of, I've discovered a sense of women feeling that their precious babies are in danger and woe betide anyone who gets in their way. Amen to that, sistahs! Keep up the good fight, because you've got a family loving supporter of a woman's right to be a woman right here typing away. Continuing to Fight the Good Fight.
Conservative Women are our New American Leaders challenging the male dominated establishment. These women are mighty intelligent, BRAVE, BEAUTIFUL, Hard Workers, LIFE Givers, Pro Life, still diligents with their motherhood responsibilities, still doing their job, and definite DEMONSTRATING to be the KIND of American that wants to preserve/conserve the BASIC/FUNDAMENTAL Principles that founded Our Great Nation: The USA! God bless these brave women; and God Bless America!
Culture and Media Institute - Media Calls Year of Conservative Women 'Year of the Setback' for Women by Alana Goodman - 10/05/10
This election season is clearly shaping up to be the "Year of the Conservative Women." And while conservatives have been openly celebrating this progression most notably in the new film "Fire in the Heartland," which profiles prominent conservative females the mainstream media has largely ignored it.
...Positive coverage of the female Republican candidates has mainly come from the Right. In a new film called "Fire from the Heartland," which was produced by Citizens United Productions, conservative women leaders like Palin, Bachmann, commentator S.E. Cupp, and columnist Michelle Malkin are celebrated as a part of a growing trend of conservative women.
Fox News - Documentarian Sees Women at Forefront of Conservative Movement by Hollie McKay - 10/04/10
Documentarian Stephen Bannon has made a film called "Fire From the Heartland" which chronicles the stories of several women important to the conservative movement. "No one had ever touched the topic, and in addition, we did it in a way that let the women speak for themselves," Bannon told Pop Tarts. "I wanted to pick a cross-section of women who would be emblematic congresswomen, known commentators, and a cross section of Tea Party activists." The inspiration for the film came to Bannon when Sarah Palin emerged on the national political scene as Jon McCain's vice presidential running mate scene in 2008.
"I noticed there is a new generation of young, female activists who are at the forefront of this rebellion who are inspired by Sarah Palin. I wanted to tell their stories and I wanted to do it in a way that could be linked back to the founders of the country Abigail Adams, the pioneer women, the frontier women, Clare Boothe Luce, Phyllis Schlafly," Bannon said. "If you look at the conservative rebellion, it is women that are at the vanguard not men, and that has never happened before in this country."
"Fire From the Heartland" features several key female Republican figures, from congresswoman Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Jean Schmidt of Ohio, to prominent political voices Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin. But Bannon credits Palin for "re-awakening" the conservative female movement in the United States, and standing tall against what he calls personal attacks brought on by the entertainment community and liberal media.
"Hollywood does not understand Middle America and it certainly does not understand, and in fact, despises, the core values of the country. The elite of Hollywood hold it in tremendous disregard. I could not think higher Governor Palin, she is a force of nature and has inspired a generation of women to really get actively involved in politics and more importantly, take their culture back and take their country back," he said. "I've seen it across the country. These women are incredibly inspired, and were not really politically engaged until Sarah Palin came on the scene."
Liberty Pundits - Fire From The Heartland: Mom Will Fix It by Melissa Clouthier - 10/04/10
Moms made this mess. Moms will clean it up. At least, that's the take home message of the second film in Steve Bannon's trilogy called Fire From The Heartland. Fire From The Heartland follows the lives and choices of women known and unknown who lead the charge to transform America. Michelle Bachman, the firebrand from Minnesota, recounts her difficult fatherless childhood where she worked to buy her own contact lenses. She tells of her horror at a technical error that made a Minnesota family lose their farm. She decided to do something about it.
Representative Bachman wasn't alone. The Tea Party movement was spurred by women across the country. Director Bannon weaves the personal through the cultural and comes to this conclusion: Women will lead America out of the darkness she now experiences. Watching Fire From The Heartland twice now, I am reminded of the scene in Lord of the Rings when King Theoden tells Eowyn that she is the last line of defense. I wondered if, watching these strong women passionately describe their desire to defend America, these and many other women are the last line of defense. It's a distressing thought. The impulse to protect their children from what they viewed as cultural and economic onslaught animated nearly every woman profiled. Ann Coulter described Sarah Palin's "Mama Grizzly" speech. She delightedly said,"Oh yes, that's it!" Sarah Palin was once again speaking the unsaid wordswords that resonated with women.
Emerging Corruption - Review: Fire From the Heartland by Anita MonCrief - 10/04/10
There are few outlets or venues for Conservative movies in Hollywood. Either the studios aren't interested or they are threatened by the message. This have left independent film makers with the honor of chronicling what is a turning point in American history. Citizen's United film, Fire from the Heartland does an exceptional job of capturing the spirit of the times.
The film is riveting and the personal stories of the cast add a sense of connection to these women. As one listens to their stories, we realize that they are also our stories. Fire from the Heartland offers a glimpse of the steel behind the woman at the podium. The words are not speeches, or rallying cries at an event, instead they are testaments of strength and endurance. A strange thing happened to Conservative women as we took up the cause of politics. Secretly, we wondered about our qualifications, our lack of political finesse, our time away from the family. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is a gifted narrator and her words reassure women everywhere that we are not alone. Bachmann speaks of the strength of the American woman and the instinctual "Mama Grizzly" reaction that many women are feeling right now.
Bachmann, who was the keynote speaker at this past week's Smart Girl Summit, reiterated that same message during her speech to a crowd of Smart Girls. The event also screened the movie and many of the cast members were either speakers or present. Fire from the Heartland is a powerful film that spotlights the true grit of the Conservative woman.
Right Wing News The 2010 Smart Girl Summit In Pictures (42 Pics) by John Hawkins - 10//10
RedState - Out Of Darkness by Breeanne Howe - 09/28/10
...Recently we attended the RedState Gathering in the great state of Texas; which is, incidentally, a really great state. I hadn't known we'd be previewing Fire From The Heartland at the gathering, but I knew once I saw the trailer that I might cry during the movie. While I've learned a great deal about the history of my country and what I have to fight for, I've also learned that the rules of engagement are different for a conservative woman in the fight. I'd never seen a family viciously attacked before Sarah Palin came on the scene. I'd never heard of threats of death and rape for speaking out politically until I met other conservative women. The message had been received and my biggest concern was how to protect my family while working to protect their future. Watching Fire From The Heartland was a renewal of the spirit for me. I learned there are inspirational women of the past that I know nothing about who paved the way for me. I saw familiar and unfamiliar faces of women across the country fighting the same fight as me. We share the same values and struggles. Most importantly though I saw that the Conservative American Woman has not been defeated. From the women of the past, washing clothes by hand (washing clothes by hand!!!) to the women of today, still standing tall after being ripped apart in the media; our spirit is still so very alive. The American Dream dies without us. We are an integral part of our country and freedom is indeed not free. I look forward to sharing this film with every woman I know and, someday, sharing it with my daughters. It's a celebration of a beautiful creation by God that, like the history of our country, should not be glossed over. It's an awakening, or a re-awakening, of the strength we as American women have within us to fight the fight we have always been fighting. The fight for freedom is not only off in far-away countries, as many have been led to believe, but right here in the heartland.
Washington Times - Film on conservative women to be screened at Smart Girl Summit this week By Kerry Picket - 09/27/10
Citizen's United premiered its film Fire from the Heartland in Washington D.C last week at the Georgetown Loews theater. The film, which spotlights the rise of conservative women, includes commentary from Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio, and a number of conservative luminaries from Phyllis Schlafly to Ann Coulter among others.
Fire from the Heartland, directed by Stephen Bannon and produced by David Bossie,covers various stories about women within the contemporary conservative movement from Clare Boothe Luce to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. A number of women took activist roles within the tea party movement following the election of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bannon took note of these first time political activists.
"I told Dave, that it's amazing you not only have women leading this [tea party movement] but that most of them have been apolitical up until a couple of years ago. Most of them are in their mid thirties to their mid-forties, and they're tremendous leaders," said Mr. Bannon when I asked what made him want to make this film now...
America Freedom - Battle For America by Barbara Espinosa - 09/27/10
I had the pleasure and privilege of seeing this movie at the Red State Gathering 2010 in Austin, Texas. It's inspiring for women, educational and most of all it shares with the world all that conservation have done in helping shape our nation. The table I was sitting at during the showing had comments ranging from:
I can't believe a man wrote and directed this... A man captured the essence of a woman's thinking... He has told how women feel about our country.... He's shown how women have made a difference... He's exhibited that women can be activist and retain their femininity.. He makes me proud to be a woman and a activist, new media blogger... The comments ran the gambit, however without a doubt, they all praised the work of the author and director Stephen F. Bannon. To listen to Mr. Bannon interview with Barbara go to www.blogtalkradio.com/haironfire
Big Hollywood: 'Fire From the Heartland' Premieres Tonight in DC by Stephen Kruiser - 09/22/10
... I've been lucky enough to meet two of the women featured in "Fire From The Heartland" and work through social media with a couple others. But this movement goes far beyond the fifteen voices in the film. This is a strong, ubiquitous movement that isn't going away. What's clear after watching "Fire From The Heartland" is that the women of the Right are very no-nonsense and in the mood to get things done both in the short and long runs. They are taking the quiet strength that American women have always had and giving it a clear, powerful voice. While each is a strong individual, the motivation is selfless and passionate because of deep and abiding patriotism.
"Fire From The Heartland" premieres tonight in Washington, D.C. and is a wonderful glimpse into a nascent political power that may do more to help this country than we can even begin to imagine at the moment. Conservative Americans should be grateful for the work these women have done and will do. And we should be very, very thankful that they're on our side.
Red State: Fire from the Heartland by Ben Howe - 09/22/10
The conservative woman is at the same time underestimated and misunderstood by the national media and leftists in general. Often, liberals will poke fun at the conservative woman, whom they believe has resigned herself to subservience to the patriarchal dreams of conservative men.
At the RedState Gathering in Austin, TX this past weekend, I had the opportunity to view a fascinating film. "Fire From the Heartland" is a stylized look into the heart and mind of the recently awakened conservative woman referred - to these days as "Mama Grizzlies". From the perspective of a broad spectrum of women like Michelle Malkin, Dana Loesch & Deneen Borelli, this film tells the story of how the conservative awakening taking place across America is spearheaded these upstarts. ...
Big Hollywood - 'Fire From the Heartland' Review: Conservative Women in Their Own Voice by Lorie Byrd- 09/20/10
Not only did Citizen's United's new film "Fire from the Heartland" teach me quite a few things I didn't know about some of my favorite women in the conservative movement, but at times it moved me to tears. What was most fascinating though, was viewing today's tea party movement leaders in the context of history. "Fire from the Heartland" follows the progression of the conservative movement and the role women have played in it and helps the viewer understand why so many women are at the forefront of today's tea party movement.
The story is told in a very personal way through the eyes (and words) of 15 of the leading women in the conservative movement, but also by looking at it "from the outside in" through video and still shots. Through the lens of history, we get an interesting overview. From women during the frontier pioneer days to individuals like Clare Boothe Luce, Phylis Schlafly (whose interview is featured) and Margaret Thatcher to women who have only in the past couple of years become political leaders, we see how women came to be such a driving force in the conservative movement.
CBS News - Documentary Celebrates "Awakening of the Conservative Woman" by Brian Montopoli - 09/17/10
The conservative filmmakers at Citizens United are out with a new documentary called "Fire From The Heartland" they bill as "a powerful statement about America at a crossroads and the women who have awakened to the crisis."
"With role models such as Clare Boothe Luce, Margaret Thatcher, and Phyllis Schlafly as inspiration, these women are the unintended consequence of the liberal feminist movement."
Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Michele Bachmann and Schlafly are among the women who appear in the film, which celebrates Sarah Palin and other conservative women. The film also appears to take aim at what it sees as liberal cultural figures like Lady Gaga and the women in the "Sex and the City" films, who, Coulter suggests, are part of a culture that has "tried to take everything that makes women so strong away from them. Their femininity, their morality."
Politico - Film focuses on women of the right by Marin Cogan - 09/15/10
The timing couldn't be sweeter for the makers of "Fire From the Heartland: The Reawakening of the Conservative Woman." Just days after the Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell pulled off a stunning upset against GOP establishment pick Mike Castle, Citizens United will premiere a documentary in Washington next week that they say is the first "to tell the story of the awakening of a new generation of women that are at the forefront of today's reborn conservative movement."
The film capitalizes on what political observers and activists have already noted of this election cycle-the riders on this year's political storm are women, a sagebrush set well-positioned to help the GOP reclaim the congress.
Following in the bootsteps of history-making 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin - an Alaskan with an affinity for "Mama Grizzlies" - a number of women candidates, including O'Donnell, Nevada's Sharron Angle, and South Carolina's Nikki Haley, are reshaping and reenergizing the face of the GOP.
While women are filling in on the top of the party ticket, the documentary explores the flip side of the equation - looking at the Tea Party's grassroots activists, like Jenny Beth Martin, and starring the more familiar female stars of the conservative movement, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter and Phyllis Schlafly.
"I'm usually very loath to engage in identity politics," says conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, who appears in the film. "I don't know if it's that mama grizzly instinct being awakened, if women are feeling threatened, or if it's because women are just feeling neglected or because they're feeling empowered but you can't deny that there's something happening today."
The trailer for the film, which was directed by "Generation Zero" director Steven K. Bannon, begins with Bachmann asking Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner a question during the financial crisis, and crescendos with quotes from Coulter and Palin. Lady Gaga, the women of "Sex and the City" and a mama grizzly also make an appearance.