Atlas Shrugged Part 2 arrived in theaters last week on Friday, October 12. We at The Atlas Society have spent the weeks leading up to the release busily promoting the movie and speaking about its ideas.
First, staff members attended the official premiere hosted by Atlas Productions on October 2 at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington, D.C. TAS Founder David Kelley spoke at the event, along with producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro, whose remarks can be found here .
Next, The Atlas Society hosted a premiere for students on Saturday, October 6, at Regal Cinemas in the Ballston, Virginia mall.The event was organized by Aaron Rainwater and hosted 110 students. It was followed by a Q&A session with David Kelley and Will Thomas, then a cocktail hour at Bailey's Bar & Grill.
Finally, last Wednesday, October 10, The Atlas Society held a premiere for Atlas Shrugged Part 2 in New York City at the Dolby 88 Theater. Guests filed through marble hallways into the cozy, modern theater lobby, where the evening began with wine, beer, and hors de ouvres. Guests then filed into the screening room where TAS Board Chairman Jay Lapeyre welcomed them and introduced John Aglialoro, who reprised his remarks from the D.C. premiere . Next, David Kelley gave a presentation on the Atlas Shrugged Movie Capital Campaign , TAS's fundraising effort to promote the movie and spread the ideas of Objectivism. The event ended back in the lobby, where guests had an opportunity for photos and autographs with Esai Morales, who plays Francisco D'Anconia in Part 2. Thanks to TAS Director of Advocacy, Ed Hudgins, for organizing the New York event, the Dolby 88 Theater event staff, and John Argueta at JargaPix photography. More pictures to come!