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Liberty's Secret

Liberty Smith is the perfect running mate. She’s American as apple pie, sings like an angel, and is the daughter of a prominent “family values” preacher — exactly what a floundering presidential campaign needs to energize its conservative base and rally the faithful. But when political novice Liberty falls for her (female) spin doctor, it's a cable news catastrophe. Now Liberty must choose between the life she's known, and the love she's dreamed of. And all of America is watching.

  • Andy Kirshner
    Spin Control, Connect the Dots
  • Debbie Williams
  • Andy Kirshner
    Spin Control, Connect the Dots
  • Heidi Lawson
    Hit A Lick, Changeover, Passion and Preparation
  • Andy Kirshner
    Spin Control, Connect the Dots
  • Cara AnnMarie
    Key Cast
    Dead Quiet, Moontrap, Another Happy Day, The Sons of Summer
  • Jacléne Wilk
    Key Cast
  • Alfrelynn Roberts
    Key Cast
  • John Lepard
    Key Cast
    Scream 4, The Limited, Conviction, Whip It
  • Chris Lutkin
    Key Cast
    Suffer the Little Children, Bull, Crossroads of the World
  • Rusty Mewha
    Key Cast
    Conviction, Red Dawn, Whip It, Prayers for Bobby
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  • Genres:
    musical, lgbt, comedy, satire, romance
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 38 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    291,000 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Pride Pictures
    October 9, 2016
    European Premiere
  • Homochrom
    October 12, 2016
  • Michigan Theater
    Ann Arbor, MI
    United States
    September 22, 2016
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Andy Kirshner, Debbie Williams

Andy Kirshner is a composer, singer, theatre artist, and filmmaker who is interested in the expressive power of musical storytelling. His innovative multimedia stage productions and original musical compositions have been recognized and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council on the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Meet the Composer, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, and The American Music Center, among others. Andy's major works for the musical stage include a sci-fi jazz "opera" (The Museum of Life and Death), and a Sinatra-inspired memory play scored for 35-piece jazz orchestra (An Evening With Tony Amore). His short film projects have appeared on public television, and at film and new media festivals both nationally and internationally. Liberty's Secret is his first feature film.

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Director Statement

Though Liberty’s Secret takes great pleasure in poking fun at political hypocrisy, and at cable news celebrities, it is essentially a love story between two women. I love old musicals -- like those by George Gershwin, Meredith Wilson, Leonard Bernstein, and Frank Loesser -- but frankly, the gender politics of the musical-theater classics are terrible. So I wanted to write a musical that would capture some of the some of same tap-dancing, jazz-inspired joy of an earlier era, but where the women weren’t tamed by men, or where they didn’t always have to fall in love with a boy -- as if that were the only real-life possibility for a happy ending. I wanted to write a traditional musical that was non-traditional.