Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza was born on March 9, 1976, is a Venezuelan who is mostly known as a human rights activist with interests in the fields of public policy, individual rights, public interest advocacy, civil liberties as well as pro-democracy advocacy. Halvorssen’s opinions have featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Nation, National Journal and Time magazine. He has also appeared on television stations such as al-Jazeera, Fox News Channel’s, BBC, Hannity &Colmes, MSNBC, CNN, and HBO. Halvorssen was a speaker at prestigious TEDx at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Halvorssen’s work has been celebrated by The New York Times. On top of these, some may not know that Halvorssen is an accomplished movie maker.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
The Hollywood Reporter says that Halvorssen is currently producing the movie adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s fiction novel, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”. Halvorssen also co-produced the film “Freedom’s Fury” where Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino, and Andrew Vajna were the executive producers. The movie which relates the story of the popular rebellion against dictatorship which occurred in Hungary in 1956 premiered at the coveted Tribeca Film Festival.
Hammer & Tickle
Halvorssen is the executive producer of Hammer & Tickle, a movie about the power of ridicule, humor and satire as the ultimate language of truth under the infamous Soviet tyranny. This film premiered at the Tribeca in 2006. It featured Lech Wałęsa, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and Roy Medvedev. It won the Best New Documentary Film award at the Zurich Film Festival.
The Singing Revolution
Halvorssen is the producer of the film “The Singing Revolution,” a movie about Estonia’s peaceful fight for political independence from Soviet dominance. The film premiered in 2006 at the Black Nights Film Festival where it received a quarter-hour standing ovation. Henceforth, it has become the most successful documentary in the history of Estonian box-office.
The Sugar Babies
Halvorssen produced “The Sugar Babies”, a movie about human trafficking happening in the Dominican Republic and the plight of the migrant farm workers. The film premiered at Florida International University.
Halvorssen is listed as the sole producer of 2081, the movie adaptation of author Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Harrison Bergeron.” It is a dystopian movie about the future in which a dictatorial government arrests, imprisons and tortures those who differ with its policy of enforced sterilization as well as enforced handicapping. The movie premiered at the Seattle Film Festival. It stars the Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson, James Cosmo, Julie Hagerty and Armie Hammer