Lies of Omission was supposed to do more than preserve the voices and perspectives of Mike Vanderboegh, David Codrea, Matt Bracken, Kit Perez, Claire Wolfe and Gun Owners of America's Larry Pratt. It was supposed to fuel an engine (12 Round Productions) to counter the collectivist agenda. It was supposed to extend out into the community highlighting other efforts and organizations. We had some good follow-up films we wanted to do, primarily The Vanderboegh Tapes, which was to be a two-disc set of the full interview with Mike Vanderboegh, which would be a financial loser, but a cultural boon. We had hoped to be able to absorb those costs through the profits from Lies of Omission.
A film of this type does not make it through the normal routes, there were no grants to obtain or funding sources looking for a conservative, pro-liberty message. They did want LGBTQ films, they did want tales of Social Justice Warrior actions and BLM accounts of protests (riots). That is what we were up against and what YOUR message of liberty and freedom are up against, a wide and persistent message that everything you believe in is wrong. We had hoped to be a force against all of that.
This is a difficult post to write, because we have had a great deal of support for Lies of Omission, but there has been criticism from inside the ranks. The truth is, we have done what we set out to do. We preserved the voices and perspectives of six liberty activists that, for the most part, have gotten little or no positive attention in the past. This film will exist long after all of us are gone and that, to me, is success, but it squanders a great opportunity to do much more.
While a lot of people deserved to be better compensated for their efforts on the film, no one would feel cheated if we were unable to compensate them any further. Those very few who have contributed to the creation of The Vanderboegh Tapes in advance can have their funds refunded with a note that there is not enough interest to follow through.
I have paid attention to the well-meaning detractors, who often mentioned that we should have gone straight to VOD and forget the DVD, but that comes with some problems from my perspective. One is, they can take down the internet at the most crucial time for Team Freedom, or delete any of those files from Amazon, YouTube, Netflix and etc., for "hate speech" violations. Gone! That can't happen with a DVD, sure it is a little old-fashioned, but the durability and portability is unparalleled. And, we will go to VOD in a few months, VOD distribution has evolved from the days when one needed permission from a distributor and a distribution deal. Today, it can be done with listing fees and little or no "piece" to the distributor, because it exists as a one-time setup on the major subscription sites with SEO. As long as it exists on the subscription service, then it is largely our responsibility to drive demand and build awareness.
Make no mistake, we are not abandoning ship, but Lies of Omission is beginning to look more like a one-off rather than the start of something beneficial for any number of groups and individuals who have been involved in the fight for liberty for decades and even some of those innovative younger organizations like TPUSA, which was in the sites as well.
But, you CAN still do something. You can change the course of events. You can put us back on track by supporting and promoting Lies of Omission with DVD purchases, telling your local talk show host about the film and 12 Round Productions and what we are trying to accomplish. You can suggest the film as curriculum in home school organizations. You can go to IMDb.com and rate the film high to get the attention of distributors who actually pay an advance.
No matter which way this goes, it has been a pleasure to work with those who made Lies of Omission possible.