Author Mark Judge is promoting his latest venture, a film called The Story of Whittaker Chambers. Here's the elevator pitch for the movie, from the website Indie Wire:
A feature-length documentary about Whittaker Chambers, whose book Witness is a political and spiritual classic. Chambers had insight into the human condition that transcended his time. He was a member of the communist party in the 1920s but after years of secrecy revealed his past - and fingered Alger Hiss. The Chambers-Hiss case was the trial of the 20th Century; the story had espionage, revenge, thrilling escapes and even a subtext of homosexuality. More than a simple spy story from the 1950s, the Chambers story touches on humankind's quest for utopias - and the role of suffering in triggering fanaticism.
Incidentally, Indie Wire has selected the project to be its "daily dose of an indie film in progress" and the website will hold a vote at the end of the week to determine which daily dose is the favorite among readers. (Check here for more details.)
As Judge explains in his Daily Caller column:
This week we received an exciting opportunity. Indiewire, a terrific website dedicated to the filmmaking industry, named “The Story of Whittaker Chambers” its Project of the Day. The Project of the Day is a work that Indiewire presents to its audience thinking that it is worthwhile and that the audience may think that it is worthwhile. One project is presented every day for a week. At the end of the week, the audience votes on their favorite. The winner gets some cool perks.
Voting is free.
Conservatives responded to the launch of our project with enthusiasm and donations. Yet we are still well short of our goal. It’s understandable considering the economy. But this year conservative organizations will hire hundreds of people in different capacities: writers, economists, PR people, field coordinators, etc. But no artists. Why?
Because in recent decades conservatives have abandoned the arts to the left. And there’s no reason for it anymore. The technology is at the point where we can make our own films, better films than Hollywood produces, for basically the salary of a journalist at The Weekly Standard or National Review. Of course, we want to make something that appeals to the masses as well as to conservatives engaged in the arts and politics. And “The Story of Whittaker Chambers” has it all: espionage, courtroom drama, God, the soul of man under socialism, human sexuality. In his fearless witness and his powerful spiritual insight, Whittaker Chambers genuinely did better this world.
One can donate to the project here.