An animated feature film opening in Los Angeles on Friday is relying on an unusual source to bring folks to the theater: former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
The movie, called Silver Circle, is about a group of rebels who are fighting the Federal Reserve because its policies have led to out-of-control spending by the government and runaway inflation.
Any politico worth their salt knows that those are issues that scream at Paul and his supporters and, in fact, Paul has known about the movie since its early inception, according to director Pasha Roberts, who first ran into him in 2010 at a monetary conference.
“He is more accessible than many politicians,” says Roberts. “We have been able to meet him at events, brief him and his staff about the film and keep in touch with our progress.”
In the film, the ragtag group of rebels mint “silver circles,” which are basically large coins that they spend and distribute as an alternative to paper money, the mass-printing of which has led to wild price fluctuations of everything. A bar, for example, advertises a special on beer: $90 a glass.
The filmmakers have been selling replicas of the coins, made of real silver, at their website, and they gave one of them to Paul. The movie scored an early marketing victory – unfortunately long before it was ready for distribution – 14 months ago when Paul, during a hearing in front of Ben Bernanke, showed the head of the Federal Reserve the silver circle in order to make a political point.
“I have a silver ounce here,” he said, holding up the silver circle. He explained to the Fed chair, congressmen and others that in 2006 the coin, based solely on its silver content, would buy four gallons of gas. Now, it would buy 11 gallons.