American Insights’s 2016 Free Speech Film Festival ™ attracted 70 films by (or about) 32 different countries this year; and 41 citizens from 10 states across America and 7 countries around the world signed up to judge these films online.
Due to the potentially volatile nature of the Free Speech content that is submitted by filmmakers each year, they do not hold a “festival” of screenings. Instead, all six winning films are announced on the night of the Award Ceremony; and their filmmakers are featured for a period of one year on their websites, Free Speech Blog, and monthly newsletters. The competition this year was intense and the judging was close. Films were submitted on a variety of highly-charged global topics.
We are proud to announce that our film, “Paying the Price for Peace,” is one of the final six “Official Selection” films of American INSIGHT’s 2016 Free Speech Film Festival!
The 2017 Peace On Earth Film Festival (POEFF) committee announced that our documentary, “Paying the Price for Peace” has been chosen as an Official Selection of the 2017 – Ninth Annual Peace On Earth Film Festival, scheduled for the long weekend of Friday March 10 – Sunday, March 12, at the Music Box Theater (the premiere venue in Chicago for the latest in foreign and independent films). Our film is one of the 32 entries selected from a field of 125 submissions.
"Thank you for publicizing the inspiring story of Brian Willson so that future generations can be motivated by his courage and fortitude."
"I hope you can help support this important film about S. Brian Willson & the Anti-War / Peace Movement, so it can reach millions of people in this country, helping them to realize that the United States has killed & injured tens of millions of innocent people all over the world. The only way we can stop these illegal & immoral wars is for more and more people to understand this information & then act upon it."
"Brian Willson is a WITNESS for Justice and against injustice. Witnesses TESTify for the truth, a precondition for JUSTICE, in turn a precondition for PEACE. That’s what Brian’s, and our, proTEST-ifying is all about. What a gift to be part of this movement of PROTEST."
"Every person in the U.S. needs to see this film. Every person who is in favor of U.S. wars needs to see this. Every person worried about their bank account being frozen if they stand up for what they believe in needs to watch Paying The Price For Peace."
Gets real about how we can overcome the fears that fuel perpetual war
"A Hero's story of courageous sacrifice, dedication, excitement, adventure, and solidarity..."
"Brian Willson declared his independence from every bomb dropped, every threat leveled, every civil liberties rollback, every child killed, every veteran maimed. Brian Willson sat down in order to stand up. For all that I have done, Brian Willson shames me to do more; to be better. Thank you, Brian; I love you."
"What makes Paying the Price so powerful is hearing the voices of so many veterans, women and men who know what war is and have had the courage to walk away. They invite us to remember – however much the national “security” state would like us to forget -- that every one of us can be brave. Courage (like cowardice) is a habit we can learn by practice. And there’s no better teacher than Brian Willson."
"Moving and inspiring. Makes you want to add your voice for peace."
"PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is as powerful as it is important, as inspiring as it is shocking and throws a strong light on an incredible man who suffered so much yet continued to stand when almost anyone else would have crumbled." It is quite literally awe inspiring.
"See how courageous, non-violent, civil disobedience to the crimes of war can motivate you to become a more challenging citizen against militarism and corporatism that a peoples' Congress can stop."
"Brilliant documentary about an incredible antiwar hero. This film should be a strong contender for an Oscar."
“‘War is organized murder, and nothing else.’– Harry Patch: Last surviving Soldier of WW1” – Frances Fisher
“We think this film about S. Brian Willson & the Peace Movement can help to wake up & educate many people in this country. We also like the producer, Frank Dorrel. Thanks to all of you who have donated. And thanks to Bo for making this film.” -Jane
“Brian Willson comes closer to walking his talk than any other human being I have known. His story must get out.” -Kenneth
“So appreciative this film is being made of such an extraordinary hero amongst us. Bravo” – Eleanor
“POWER is in NUMBERS!, and in SPEAKING UP.!! So add yourself, & let others know, and speak up by making a small contribution! Thanking yourself = 0)” – Mark
“so happy to see this documentary in making and looking forward to the special peace pin designed by S. Brian Willson.”
“War uses poor people to kill other poor people for the sake of the rich. It takes some of our best and turns them into monsters, without conscience, morality or antonymous volition. The spoils of war are reaped by the Elite while the rest of us endure the costs. Debt, loss, trauma, pain, guilt, devastation and retaliation. Why do we sacrifice our young people in exchange for misery?” – James
“Thank you for all you have done and are doing for all of us.” Janet
“How can I not contribute a few dollars after learning what Brian has contributed in the cause of peace?” – Don Bustany
“Thank you for all you are and all you are doing!” – opazjust
Keep up the great work you are inspiring us all. -imac901
I wish can have all the money to support more, it’s about to do something good. As a writer I believe that we can do more for this world. Thanks to all who create movies or books with nice messages for this humanity. – Indira
“S. Brian Willson is a hero, and a spiritual guide and a humble and courageous leader. I thank him and I pray for the courage to follow his example in confronting evil”. – Neil
“Read the book just got done, changed my life and help affirm things i felt. thank you so much you inspire me to do more no matter the odds. peace” – Alex
“Great Mahalo (appreciation) to Brian Wilson for his tireless dedication for world peace, and my thanks go to Frank Dorrel, too, who is the associate producer of this film.” Yumik
“Brian is such an inspiration!” – Heitmeyer
“It’s time for all people to stand up against the lunacy of war” – Jon
“I am so happy that this is going to be made! In a society where most people are so introverted, this is the way to get out such an important message! Thank you to Brian Wilson and everyone involved in making this film.” – Kaitlin
“Speak Out for Peace” – maggieodelaunay
“Fair play to you. We are under perpetual attack by the ruling elite. Wars are just extra bloody episodes, in their ongoing assault. Sanctions and trade embargos have transformed Iraq into a giant concentration camp. Will we allow this MO to be applied everywhere?” – James
“Brian Willson has stood up and made his voice heard. Now it is our turn to do the same by supporting this film about Brian Willson.” – inochi4
“Brian shows maximum bravery and determination, and yet is gentle in his manners. An amazing person.” – George
“I support Brian Wilson and his work for peace!” – Tupper
“I am so grateful to be able to participate in some small way to a very big beginning.” – Carol
“Thanks for your courage and tenacity” – Carolyn
“Free Bradley!” – Arthur
“I really appreciate the work that Brian Wilson has done for peace. I wish there were more people like him. He is my hero.” – Irena
“Thanks to Bob Banner with HopeDance for this moving chronicle of activism.” -Jerome
“This movie is democracy in action.” – Wayne
“Yay! saw him during his summer travels with his book signing and selling up in northern ca, what an awesome human… I am about to send this virally via fb as well…” – Bob
“Frank Dorrel told me about this important project.” – Danny
“Love to Brian always.” Norman Solomon
“Wishing you the best in completing this film. I will do what I can to have it shown” -kjofct
“God bless everyone involved in the making of this very important film!” – Andrew
“Good luck with the project…………..our communication to be stored in Bluffdale, Utah server.” – Bruce L
“Hello there, I wish you all the best!!” – Dan.Shaw76
“It is a true honor to contribute and be a part of this documentary making of you dear Brian. Very exciting to see this coming in to the reality!! Thank YOU for all you do!! and did!! We love you very much” – Mark & Andy
“Brian’s story has to be told.We are all the better for it. I am glad to know Brian as a Veteran for Peace.” – Bill Gilson chpt 34 NYC
“During the summer of 1987 I was at the tracks as a member of Nuremberg Actions as much as possible, after working hours and on weekends. The first 24 hour presence at the tracks was due to Felix, an expatriate Russian scientist, who appears to the right behind David Hartsough on the cover of “Blood on the Tracks”. Thanks to Felix and everyone else striving to end all wars.” – Barry Miller, Hinsdale, NY
“love your campaign it is actually right down my ally.” – Jamieson
“Love to all who are working on this worthy film!” – Holley
“Yes, the Pope is a man of peace proclaiming on 9/14/2012 that “a fundamental aspect of liberty is tolerance for others and the fact that human liberty is always shared liberty.” Doesn’t the principal of tolerance lie at the foundation of [world] peace and at the root of American liberty?” -Joep
“Important work the needs to be done! Im proud of you guys.” – Travis
“Just today I came across a photo of Dudley and I on the G.W. Bridge in a demonstration for Brian Wilson – back in the early 80’s(??) Great hero.” – Love/peace, Elizabeth
“supporting you from motown” – Anonymous
“I first met Brian in the 80s. His story continues to move and inspire me. Thank you for making this film.” – John
“I am truly honored to support the brave individuals whose sacrifice, effort and dedication provide a voice for those of us who oppose the senseless premise that war is a solution to the challenges of a society. The greatest price paid is the direct loss of the lives, limbs and family potentials of the women, men and children called to service and those suffering the consequences of war’s destruction. Imagine the good that could benefit the world and its struggles if all of that human potential was focused on peace.” – Marc
“Brian’s life is incredible—thanks for making this documentary!” – Mary
“This is such a wonderful campaign and I wish you best of luck with it, I’ve taken the liberty of sharing it on facebook and twitter already. Best of luck and prayers go out to you and yours!!” – Jordan.Kells85
“An inspiring and challenging life and a worthwhile cause.” – Michael
“Finally a movie to be made about this most remarkable person.” – mingobaby
“I learned so much reading the pages of BLOOD ON THE TRACKS as this was a period in history that I knew very little about. Entwining Brian’s life throughout the pages of history helped me visualize not only his lifetime struggle for understanding people, places and events but the never-ending machinations of our government.” – Jenika
“I believe this story needs to get out there. I love Brian, and am grateful for his message, and spirit.” – Todd
“What a worthwhile project!” – Madelyn
“Complacency is complicity” – David
“This will be a great film and I encourage everyone to contribute.” – David and Jan
“Many thanks, Brian, for your continued inspiration and leadership.” – Ralph
“I don’t believe in sacrifice, so let’s use our common will power to end war.” XCarl
“In memory of Guy Kuttner and in honor of other heroes who inspire us to speak truth to power.” – Charles
“Brian Willson’s transformation from obedient boy scout and soldier to anti-war resister is a story that people, especially the young, should know. It is powerful and life-affirming.” – William
“The extraordinary way in which Brian has led his life is an inspiration! This film will give us hope to continue the struggle!” – ulis
“Frank, so glad you are doing this! I already have the book, but would love a copy of the DVD.” – Thanks Linda Wiles
“solidarity with all peace activists” – Judith
“I hope my small donation will help make this film happen!” – Larry
“Thank you for all you do for the peace movement. I am the wife and mother of veterans, and we fully support what you do.” – Maureen
“My Dad has been working on timeless documentaries for the last 26 years of my life, and then some. His works have educated and inspired me, my friends, and colleagues for that entirety. I hope that Paying for Peace does much more. Keep up the great work Dad!” – Jesse
“Thank you for your attempt to mobilize Americans to stop the death and destruction being done DAILY in their name and with their tax dollars.” – Leslee
“Sending this $100 to you instead of to the US government.” – Dana
“If America had more Brian ’s peace and justice would find America.” – Kathleen
“Thank you for making this movie!” – Prisca
“Brian is an inspiration, clear in his opposition to the war machine.” – Valerie
“Our grain of sand.” – Virginia
“Thank you!” – Curtis
“I look forward to viewing this film that no doubt will be a big boost for world peace.” – Alanna
“looking forward to the movie very much!” – Kisstiger