Benswann.com’s Annabelle Bamforth spoke with New Hampshire residents Beau Davis and Vince Perfetto to discuss their upcoming documentary “101 Reasons: Liberty Lives In New Hampshire”, a film that details the top 101 examples of the state’s pro-liberty atmosphere and illustrates those examples with real-life stories.
In 2001 the Free State Project, a movement aiming to encourage 20,000 individuals to concentrate their liberty-minded efforts by moving to a low-population state, was in the process of deciding which state would become the home of the project. Perfetto and Davis explained that it was during this process that the 101 Reasons list originated, when Michelle Dumas created the list as a “resume” for New Hampshire to convince the Free State Project board members to choose the state.
The 101 Reasons list details various advantages of living in New Hampshire, from its low taxes to diverse economy to excellent quality of life, available to read here.
After New Hampshire was elected be the home of the Free State Project, the 101 Reasons list was no longer just a resume but an inspiration for new movers to make the state their home. Perfetto said he moved to New Hampshire in 2010 and had thought of making a film based on the 101 Reasons list for quite some time.
In late 2013, Perfetto made a Facebook post about his desire to make a film about the list. Davis contacted Perfetto within a few hours, and they began the project a few months later. In February 2014, as the Free State Project hosted its annual Liberty Forum in Manchester, Perfetto and Davis began work on the film by interviewing different attendees including supporters and participants of the Free State Project.
The film combines the 101 Reasons list with success stories from movers to the state as well as interviews with proponents of the Free State Project. Davis and Perfetto conducted nearly 70 interviews with people including author James Bovard, financial expert and author Peter Schiff, Ben Swann, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, writer and Liberty.me CEO Jeffrey Tucker, and writer Bill Buppert.
The film in its entirety will be available on November 10th at 101reasonsfilm.com.