Freak Power

Freak Power

"Freak Power" is the true story of an American band of misfits using establishment rules to challenge establishment rule. In 1970, Hunter S. Thompson — fed up with local pollution problems — threw his hat into the ring for Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado. His attempt to create a third party based around a new, gentler style of law enforcement entranced the national press and made him an overnight celebrity and hero to the “drop out” generation, who rallied around his "Freak Power" platform with notions of taking first Aspen, and then the world. The only thing capable of holding them back was Hunter himself.

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Robert F. Kennedy III


Director: Robert F. Kennedy III
Executive Producer: John Paul DeJoria, Emily Jackson, Linz Wilbur, Patrick Sutter, Brian Levy
Producer: Stephen Nemeth, Paul Morgan, Jay Bulger
Screenwriter: Robert F. Kennedy III
Cinematographer: Ian Quill
Editor: Joe Calardo
Production Designer: Danica Vallone
Sound Designer: Cody Troyer
Music: Wayne Kramer
Principal Cast: Jay Bulger, Cheryl Hines, Amaryllis Fox, Laird Mackintosh, Maxwell Loeb


Publicity Contact
Christine Lemchi
(512) 779-5130
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Screening Section: Narrative Spotlight
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 85 mins