ON-Lion Letter
The Moving Picture Institute’s 2081 is a short-film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's “Harrison Bergeron,” depicting a dystopian future where everyone is “equal every which way,” thanks to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution. This equality is enforced by the Handicapper General, who imposes burdens on the gifted to prevent competition and to eliminate natural talents at the cost of freedom and individual excellence. The twenty-five minute film directed by Chandler Tuttle reinterprets Vonnegut’s 1961 cautionary tale for contemporary audiences, introducing a new generation to his concerns regarding socially enforced equality and the elevation of mediocrity.  Although his life ends tragically, Harrison Bergeron serves as a model of individual dissent within a culture that has forgotten how to question the injustices of the status quo.

2081, which is now available on DVD and through online streaming services, originally premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival.  The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and stars James Cosmo as George Bergeron, Julie Hagerty as Hazel Bergeron, and Armie Hammer as Harrison.  Its original score was composed by Lee Brooks and performed by the world-renowned Kronos Quartet.  

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports the Moving Picture Institute.

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