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Why is the Acton Institute producing documentaries?

In a word, audience. With this year’s release of The Call of the Entrepreneur, Acton is embarking on one of the most important—and potentially most influential—media programs in its seventeen-year history.

Acton has always been a leader on the communications front. This is true for our high quality journals and newsletters, and for our web presence, which makes use of the latest tools such as podcasts, video, and the Acton PowerBlog. The move into documentaries is a natural progression and one that taps into the dominant medium of our age—the motion picture—in high definition video.


The Call of the Entrepreneur tells the story of three very different entrepreneurs—a farmer, a financial executive and a retail and a media baron who escaped from communist China. In their own way, each put their God-given creativity to work building wealth, creating useful new services and goods, and providing opportunities for countless others to improve their lot in life. The documentary is an inspirational story—many who’ve seen it have been greatly moved by it—and it’s one that is contrary to the culture’s often dominant image of the business person as a greedy fat cat.

Frankly, most documentaries produced today on political and economic themes are not very friendly to the “free and virtuous society.” Acton doesn’t believe that it’s smart to leave this powerful medium to those who would produce more sensational works like Fahrenheit 9/11 or An Inconvenient Truth. We have high hopes for The Call of the Entrepreneur, and have plans for more compelling documentaries in the works. We hope you’ll be educated—and entertained— by what’s to come.

Kris Alan Mauren
Executive Director