"American Radical" Premiers at Chicago Underground Film Festival and is Acquired by Typecast Releasing for U.S. Distribution

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Documentary follows academic Norman Finkelstein, exploring his history and his stance on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the politics of the Holocaust.

Some have accused Finkelstein of being a Holocaust denier in order to delegitimize his arguments. We would not have made a film on Finkelstein if we had any doubts on this matter. Norman Finkelstein is wired entirely through the prism of the Holocaust. His apartment is plastered with photos of relatives who were killed in the Nazi death camps.

As their film American Radical premiers at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, filmmakers David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier sign an exclusive distribution deal with Typecast Releasing.

American Radical is the probing documentary portrait of American academic and activist Norman Finkelstein. A devoted son of holocaust survivors, ardent critic of Israeli and US Mid-East policies and author of six provocative books--including The Holocaust Industry, Beyond Chutzpah and the soon-to-be-released A Farewell to Israel: The Coming Break-Up of American Zionism, Finkelstein has been at the center of many intractable controversies. Called a lunatic and a self-hating Jew by some and an inspirational, street-fighting revolutionary by others, Finkelstein is a deeply polarizing figure whose struggles arise from core questions about freedom, identity and nationhood. Following him as he presents his message to audiences around the globe, the film provides an intimate portrait of the man behind the controversy, giving voice to Finkelstein's critics as well as his supporters.

American Radical is produced and directed by accomplished documentary filmmakers David Ridgen (Mississippi Cold Case) and Nicolas Rossier (Aristide and the Endless Revolution). When Noam Chomsky first suggested to David Ridgen that he work with Finkelstein on a film project, Ridgen quickly became attracted to the idea. Having always been interested in individuals who take bold action, he knew that Finkelstein would make an ideal documentary subject, and he began working on American Radical in 1997.

Director Nicolas Rossier, who had begun putting together his own film about Finkelstein in 2001, joined forces with Ridgen in 2007 and the two have collaborated on American Radical ever since. Says Rossier, "Some have accused Finkelstein of being a Holocaust denier in order to delegitimize his arguments. We would not have made a film on Finkelstein if we had any doubts on this matter. Norman Finkelstein is wired entirely through the prism of the Holocaust. His apartment is plastered with photos of relatives who were killed in the Nazi death camps."

Completed in 2009, American Radical was picked up for US distribution by Typecast Releasing in September. According to John Sinno of Typecast Films, "American Radical not only examines some of the emotional and intellectual underpinnings that have made Professor Finkelstein an uncompromising and controversial figure, but it also provides glimpses of a private and sometimes vulnerable side to Finkelstein that is not experienced by attending his public appearances."

Typecast Releasing will make American Radical available for a limited theatrical run, broadcast, festival screenings, digital distribution and on DVD in the USA. Following its premiere at the Chicago Underground Film Fest, American Radical will screen at Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire in Montreal, Canada and at the Sheffield Film Festival in England.

For more information, contact:

Typecast Releasing
3131 Western Avenue, Suite 514
Seattle, WA 98121

206-322-0882
http://www.typecastfilms.com

Trailer and press materials: http://www.americanradicalthefilm.com

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