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American Anarchist

March 24, 2017
7:00 pm
Roxie Theater

AMERICAN ANARCHIST is the story of one of the most infamous books ever written, "The Anarchist Cookbook," and the role it's played in the life of its author, William Powell. Powell wrote the hugely controversial book at just 19 amid the counterculture upheaval of the late 1960s and early '70s. It remains relevant today as it's horrifyingly often cited as "inspiration" for the most heinous acts against humanity including the Columbine shootings. Now, in this film, Powell (who died in July 2016) reflects on his life and confronts the reality of what his younger self put out into the world. In 1970, William Powell wanted to help build a new society, so he taught the world how to blow up the old one. As the heady days of the late 60's counterculture and political upheaval turned darker, Powell, at age 19, wrote one of the most infamous books ever published: The Anarchist Cookbook. Part manifesto and part bomb making manual, it went on to sell over 2 million copies. Since then, the Cookbook has been associated with decades of violent anti-government attacks, abortion clinic bombings, school shootings and homegrown domestic terrorism. Now 65, Powell is a man haunted by his own creation, struggling to make sense of the damage it has done. After writing the book, Powell left the US and has lead an itinerant life ever since. He has traversed the globe teaching kids with special needs - committed, ironically, to the kinds of kids who in some cases have turned to violence and the Cookbook. American Anarchist tells a cautionary tale of youthful rebellion and unforeseen consequences, a universal, all-too-human story of a man at the end of his life wrestling with his past, his identity, and coming to terms with who he really is. American Anarchist 2016 USA 80 min Director Director Charlie Siskel (iconic film critic Gene Siskel's nephew), is an Oscar and Emmy nominated film and television writer, director and producer. His film credits include the Oscar nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier, and as a producer the Oscar-winning film Bowling for Columbine with Michael Moore, and Religulous with Bill Maher and Larry Charles. In television, Siskel's current credits include Tosh.0 and Review on Comedy Central. He has worked on documentaries and comedies for 18 years, often combining the two. A former lawyer, Siskel lives with his family in Los Angeles. FREE OR DISCOUNTED FOR MEMBERS

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