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Jo Ann Skousen

Anthem Film Festival
Founding Director

As the founding director of the Anthem Libertarian Film Festival, Jo Ann Skousen believes that storytelling has the power to change minds. She created Anthem to provide a venue for films that promote liberty, individuality, choice and accountability.  She also serves as the entertainment editor and chief reviewer for Liberty Magazine (libertyunbound.com). Jo Ann teaches English literature and writing at Chapman University and at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, where she has encountered some of the finest students of her teaching career. She is the featured professor in the documentary Zero Percent about Sing Sing’s college program (zeropercentfilm.com). Jo Ann and her husband, FreedomFest founder and producer Mark Skousen, have collaborated in writing more than 25 books and are the parents of five children. Her scholarly new book, Matriarchs of the Messiah: Valiant Women in the Lineage of Jesus Christ presents the women of the Bible as intelligent, courageous problem-solvers who used their agency to make wise and often-clever choices.