SOURCE: Independent America Media Inc.

December 12, 2006 08:00 ET

Award-Winning Documentary Partners With Yahoo! News: Profiles Growing Discontent With Big Box America as Shoppers Hit the Stores for the Holidays

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 12, 2006 -- HRH Media and Open Door Co. are pleased to announce that the award-winning documentary "Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom & Pop" has partnered with Yahoo! News and Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone. Beginning December 11th, Yahoo! News will feature video clips from the film as well as interviews with the filmmakers as part of its series of documentaries on conflict at

"We built our audience through our blog and DVD sales on our site," said Hanson Hosein, the film's director and principal videographer. "This new partnership with Yahoo! is yet more evidence that independent filmmakers can now reach large numbers of people without needing to rely on broadcasters or studios. Teaming up with Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone is even more gratifying, since Kevin and I used to cover war zones together at NBC News. Now we're both free to do our own thing thanks to the Internet and our brand of 'backpack journalism.'"

"We are proud that Yahoo! has chosen to feature 'Independent America,'" said the film's executive producer, Tom Powers. "We have built our audience one viewer at a time and we look forward to bringing the messages of the film to each and everyone of Yahoo!'s worldwide audience."

"Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom & Pop" follows Hanson Hosein (Emmy and Overseas Press Club winner) and his wife, Heather Hughes as they hit the road, shooting their own film, traveling 13 thousand miles through 32 states in search of Independent America. They do it all while abiding by two simple rules of the road:

1) No Interstates: They can only travel on secondary highways and country roads

2) They can only do business with Mom & Pop. No McDonalds, No Best Westerns. No Wal-Marts.

The documentary uncovers the growing discontent with big box, corporate America. The filmmakers capture pockets of resistance across the country, which add up to a nationwide opposition: Starbucks is vandalized in Colorado. Supporters of an anti-big box law in Arizona are compared to Nazis. A rebellious Texan city forces Borders Books into retreat. Patriotic residents of America's "Fourth of July" capital in Nebraska start to turn on their new supercenter. And an entire town in Wyoming goes into business for itself after it's abandoned by its chain department store.

And what does the world's largest retailer have to say about it all? The filmmakers stop in Bentonville, Arkansas -- home to Wal-Mart -- to find out.

"Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom & Pop" is a film that encourages people to think hard about where they spend their money, especially at the height of this holiday shopping season. And it offers a rare, and comprehensive view of a country at loggerheads with the free market economy it has mastered.

The documentary has been purchased by international broadcasters and most recently aired in Australia last month to great acclaim. It won "Audience Favorite" at the Port Townsend Film Festival and has been screened across the country to incredibly positive reviews, including ABC News, which praised the film, calling it "an old-fashioned kind of shoe-leather journalism." Others have declared the documentary to be "wonderfully subversive" and "fascinating, affirming, intelligent, frightening!"

About Open Door

Launched in 2005 by veteran entertainment executive Tom Powers, Open Door is in the business of producing, acquiring, distributing and investing in Content That Matters across all media platforms (

About HRH Media

HRH Media is an independent production company headed by Emmy Award winner and NBC foreign correspondent, Hanson Hosein and his partner, network news journalist Heather Hughes (NBC, MSNBC). Independent America is their first feature documentary. (

For National Release: December 11, 2006

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