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CCC Presents Free Screening, Discussion of 'Atlas Shrugged: Part I' Film


Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility will present a free screening and discussion of the 2011 film “Atlas Shrugged: Part I,” which was produced by Camden County native John Aglialoro, at 7 p.m. March 29.


“Atlas Shrugged: Part I” is based on the first portion of the 1,368-page novel that Ayn Rand published in 1957. The book, which is set in a dystopian United States where society’s most productive minds go on strike to protest government exploitation and control, focuses on what Rand termed “the murder and rebirth of man’s spirit.”


The themes explored in the novel seem particularly resonant during difficult economic times. A Book-of-the-Month Club/Library of Congress survey identified Atlas Shrugged as the second most influential book for Americans in 1991. Sales exceeding 450,000 copies then put the 52-year-old book on’s bestseller list in 2009.


A film adaptation was first undertaken in 1972, but script problems and other issues prevented any version from reaching movie theaters or television screens for almost 40 years. Aglialoro paid more than $1 million in 1992 for an option to produce a film, and he worked with screenwriter Brian Patrick O’Toole to complete a script in 2010. The film – directed by actor Paul Johansson (“One Tree Hill”) and starring Taylor Schilling (“Mercy”) and Grant Bowler (“Ugly Betty”) – was released last April. “Atlas Shrugged: Part II” is set to be filmed and released later this year.


Aglialoro graduated from Collingswood High School and Temple University. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Cybex International Inc. fitness-equipment company.


The event will take place in Civic Hall, which is located inside the Connector Building on CCC’s Blackwood Campus at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township. Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended to ensure seating.


Camden County College is an official New Jersey Professional Development Provider. As a result, New Jersey teachers may earn approved professional development credit for attending this event.


To register for a seat, to receive teacher development information or for additional details, contact the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility by visiting; calling (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333; or e-mailing

Published: February 28, 2012