Member Curtis Bowers wins film festival award
Jed Stuber · Nov 16, 2010
On October 30, Samaritan member Curtis Bowers’ documentary film, Agenda: Grinding America Down, won the $101,000 Jubliee Grand Prize at the 2010 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. The former Idaho state representative brought his entire family up on stage to receive the award, and explained to the audience that he was giving the award to his children because they had voluntarily fasted and prayed for the success of the film.
The Bowers are happy to have won the award, but are most excited that the increased attention will bring the message to more people. Curtis is hoping Samaritan members will join in spreading the word. The trailer can be viewed at agendadocumentary.com, where you can also purchase the film on DVD. (Quantity discounts are available so that you can share Agenda with family and friends.)
Here’s what Curtis says in the film about the importance of the message he is trying to get across:
“The left wants you to think that the cultural changes that have taken place since the 1960s have done nothing but progress us forward, toward a brave new world. This film will show that the brave new world they seek is nothing more than the failed policies and ideologies of the communism that enslaved over a third of the world’s population during the 20th century.
“It will show that they’ve done everything in their power to dumb down our children, undermine our families, rewrite our history, and promote obscenity and immorality everywhere that they can.
“It will show that most people on the left aren’t communists, just the useful idiots Lenin spoke of, who are being used to promote a socialist agenda which is the first and necessary step toward communism.
“History has proven beyond any doubt that the free enterprise that freedom produces provides more for anyone willing to work than any other system. So why would the left still be pushing a socialist agenda? It’s really just microwave communism. There are only two possibilities. They are either ignorant, or evil.
“From my investigation over the last two years into what has caused America’s drastic decline, I’m sorry to say the left won’t be able to use the ignorant card. They’ve left too much evidence of their agenda in their books, articles, and speeches. No. America has an enemy that is getting very close to accomplishing its plan of destroying the greatest country in world history.
“The reason I called this film Agenda, is because I wanted to make a clear distinction between what I was researching, and all the conspiracy theories out there. The dictionary says a ‘conspiracy’ is an evil plan formulated in secret by two or more persons. But an agenda is simply a list of things to be done. At every turn of my investigation, I’ve found agendas by people and groups of the left, outlining their plan in their own words. They’ve been doing most of this right out in the open.
“Some of you might be thinking these Marxist ideas aren’t the most serious threat we face. What about militant Islam? Or open borders? The national debt? Or even China? Well, I agree that America is facing many serious threats right now. But the reason I believe this agenda is the most dire is because it’s destroying us, on the inside. Through political correctness and dumbing down, it’s causing us to lose our ability to call evil evil, and stand against it. I fear for our country. If we go along with business as usual, not informed, not aware of what’s going on, then the very small minority that have a plan and are great at organizing the uninformed and misguided will make sure their plan is carried out.”
Words in print don’t do justice to Curtis’ passion for this issue. It’s best heard in his voice, and seen in the movie and acceptance speech, that brought Curtis and many in the audience to tears.
Curtis says he hopes the every Christian family in America can see the film,and the National Movie Night project (nationalmovienight.com) will help the movie catch on.
“We have to warn our families. If we’re not willing to teach our children and grandchildren, we probably deserve what we get.”
Curtis requests prayer that God will use the film to influence the church and the country. He is seeking the Lord’s guidance for what to do next. He’s considering making more films, but not sure which idea he should feature next.
Agenda and other films from the San Antonio Film Festival can also be purchased at visionforum.com.