To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine
Once again, writer/actor Ian Ruskin brings alive the life of Thomas Paine, a founder of the nation and its most radical writer of incendiary works as Common Sense and The Age of Reason, with a showing of his new film from his acclaimed one-man stage play, To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ruskin.
The 73-minute film was shot at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood with an honored crew led by the late, Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, who directed the filming, and actor Elliott Gould, who narrated it. The National Educational Telecommunications Association is distributing the film to public television stations nationwide, and The Life of Thomas Paine Productions is organizing screening parties across America as part of a grassroots movement to take the story of Thomas Paine to as many Americans as possible.
"I've just watched your Thomas Paine film. I rejoiced in it. It is magnificent," commented Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham's Quarterly and editor emeritus of Harper's Magazine.
Ruskin is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He founded The Harry Bridges Project in 2000 and has written, performed and produced many plays and radio and film documentaries, including From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks about labor leader Harry Bridges, which he has performed more than 250 times to about 50,000 people, including the Houses of Parliament and the Scottish Parliament. His Paine play, which he performed at CFI-L.A. previously, and the new film continue his mission to present the stories of forgotten and misunderstood heroes from American and European history.
This film will also be screened at 4:30 p.m.at the Community Center at 1845 Park Ave. in Costa Mesa. Hosted by the CFI Community of Orange County.
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