Anti-Woke Superhero Movie Canceled After Alleged Swindle Of Film Funds

Rebel's Run, a planned anti-woke superhero movie by a conservative commentator, has been canceled after someone stole the film's entire budget.

By Matthew Creith | Published

As far as niche filmmaking goes in recent years, there has been quite an uptick in movies based on far-right wing concepts and themes, as was supposed to be the case for a proposed film entitled Rebel’s Run. The movie had raised more than $1 million, much more than the $750,000 target fundraising goal that was created by the film’s writer, Theodore Beale, has intended. The movie was supposed to be directed by frequent collaborator of Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Scooter Downey, but it appears that the money for the film has suddenly disappeared and Beale has confirmed that the movie will no longer go through with production.

According to a report by The Daily Beast, Rebel’s Run had raised over $1 million based on the idea that a conservative comic book would be turned into a full-length feature film, but the money that was supposed to be held in escrow by Ohana Capital Financial no longer exists. A federal indictment has been filed against James Wolfgramm, the creator of Ohana Capital Financial, in which it alleges that Wolfgramm’s wealth and the business overall are a sham that promised potential clients that they can bank with them when other banks wouldn’t accept their business. The money raised for Rebel’s Run was apparently used by Wolfgramm to pay for bad business deals made with a Chinese manufacturer of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time, James Wolfgramm is facing four counts of wire fraud due to the transactions involved with Rebel’s Run, as well as other parts of Ohana Capital Financial’s business operations. Theodore Beale, known for his far-right speeches and conservative leaning politics, has expressed to those who invested in the film as early as 2019 that they should not expect a return on their investment. He hopes to someday recoup some of the money invested in the film, but that is not a guarantee at this point in time.

Not an actual sketch of the thief behind the Rebel’s Run scandal.

Modeling Rebel’s Run off of the superhero genre that has proven to be successful for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe, Theodore Beale wrote Rebel’s Run originally as a Confederacy-themed superhero comic book character, then adapted it to be filmed as a movie featuring the character Rebel as they battle international police forces who are preying on what he deemed to be freethinking conservative citizens. A trailer for the film was even produced to market the fundraiser more in hopes that additional funds would be pouring in to help make Beale’s dreams of a conservative superhero genre come true.

Prior to Rebel’s Run, other filmmakers have attempted to make popular movies based on conservative and far-right propaganda themes. Conservative media Breitbart distributed a film entitle My Son Hunter concerning the downfall and controversial antics of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, which was promoted at the time by actor Dean Cain. In more mainstream cinema experiences, right-wing political commentator Dinesh D’Souza has produced several films geared towards his conservative politics, including 2014’s America: Imagine the World Without Her, 2016’s Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, and 2020’s Trump Card.