Estonians peacefully gaining their independence, a dystopian future where everyone is equal, a philosophy realized through a man that stopped the engine of the world, a warning of the next financial crisis, parents struggling to get their kids out of failing schools, a brutal alliance between Nazis and Soviets, and an Australian family struggling to save their home from an expanding airport… all in one weekend.
This was what we experienced at the 1st Annual Free Minds Film Festival.
The Free Minds Film Festival is an idea that was originally conceived and suggested about a year ago by my brother and mother. I initially rejected the proposal because I didn’t know anything about planning film festivals. However, after months of mulling over the idea, I was motivated by the power of film to promote liberty and decided to take up the project in February of this year.
The initial idea was to have the festival as a summer event in a venue somewhere in Colorado Springs. Then, in April, Jason Walker contacted me on Facebook about starting a Young Americans for Liberty chapter at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. We later decided that our new YAL chapter should host the event at our campus from October 7th- 9th to attract students. After months of work obtaining film rights, booking speakers, securing sponsorships, and navigating my university’s red tape, it was finally time for the festival!