by Alan Pyeatt
On Wednesday, March 11, former Bellflower mayor and 2000 Vice Presidential nominee Art Olivier showed clips from his new film, Operation Terror, at the Pasadena, California Foothills Region Meeting. Operation Terror is a fictional version of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In Olivier’s film, the attacks were masterminded not by fanatical Arabs in the Middle East, but by rogue elements within our own government.
Olivier made the film because he was concerned about widespread ignorance of facts which contradict the government’s version of events that occurred on 9/11. “It’s difficult to get people that haven’t done research on [9/11] to do research on it,” Olivier said. “People won’t read a book. And even most people won’t watch a documentary. You know, that’s the way my wife and kids are, they wouldn’t sit for two hours and watch a documentary on anything. But they will watch an entertaining movie. So that’s what I decided to do, was take a lot of the facts about 9/11 and put it into a fictionalized movie. And so, if people watch the movie, they’ll learn about 9/11 whether they want to or not. And for the people that have done research, they’ll be able to show their friends and family and say, “You know that really happened?’”
Operation Terror stars Jack Brand as CIA agent Aaron Delgado, with supporting roles played by Director Paul Cross and Christopher Kreisa. Although Brand is best known for his work on The Bold and the Beautiful television series, he has also starred in several independent films. Chelene Nightingale, the former Constitution Party candidate for governor who had worked on Olivier’s 2000 Vice Presidential campaign, plays a news reporter. Jill Pyeatt, Chairwoman of the Libertarian Party Pasadena/Foothills Region, and California State Executive Committee member Alan Pyeatt also worked on the film as extras.
To make the film, Olivier turned to veteran director Paul Cross. Cross has made several films, including West End Story (Best Musical Documentary at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival), Follow the Leader (Best Documentary at the Atlantic City Film Festival), and Severe Visibility. Olivier produced and wrote the screenplay himself. The film was shot by Cinematographer Christopher S. Walters, and scored by Josh Cumbee. It was edited by Ayan Pratap.
One of the little-known events which Olivier dramatized was an incident where the BBC reported that World Trade Center Building No. 7 had collapsed more than 20 minutes before it actually occurred. In the original footage (which can be seen online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mxFRigYD3s), BBC reporter Jane Standley reported the collapse of WTC Building 7 even though it could clearly still be seen standing behind her. The files of several Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations were kept in WTC Building, and between 3,000 and 4,000 investigations were stopped when the building collapsed. One of these investigations included the relationship between Citigroup and the WorldCom bankruptcy. According to the SEC, it did not keep any files from those investigations in any other locations.
Olivier related an amusing incident that happened while he was filming a scene at the Corona Airport. The crew was working inside an airplane hangar when an airplane that had nothing to do with the production landed at the airport. The pilot made a wrong move and crashed his airplane through the wall of the hangar. An actor who arrived at the set after the crash and mistook the wreckage for part of the film said, “Hey, I thought this was a low-budget production!”
Operation Terror has already screened at the Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran. Its North American premiere will be at the Riverside International Film Festival in April. It has also been selected for screening at the Monaco Charity Film Festival. The trailer and additional information can be seen on the official website at here .
The Libertarian Party has not taken an official position regarding the veracity of the government’s explanation of the 9/11 attacks, nor of the work of the 9/11 Commission.
Alan Pyeatt is a civil engineer and radio host who lives in southern California. He is currently an alternate at-large member of the CA Libertarian Executive Committee.