The OHP Video Interview Series
The OHP invites individuals who played a role in the Objectivist movement to participate
in our interview series. The invitation list was created in consultation with a range of Objectivist scholars and former associates of Ayn Rand.
Interviewees are selected based on their participation in, or witnessing of, the early period of the Objectivist movement. Current affiliations or philosophical views of the participants are not considered. Participation in the OHP does not imply endorsement of Objectivism, the views of Ayn Rand, or of the OHP partners and fellow participants.
General topic areas and specific questions are prepared for the interview sessions in
consultation with an advisory group and through prior discussions with the interviewee. Videotaping is usually conducted at the participant's home, office, or other venue of their choice. There is no fee or payment for participating in the video series.
Participants in the OHP are encouraged to speak on any area related to their involvement
with Objectivism, including: the formation and evolution of Objectivist philosophic
ideas; the unfolding of events during those early years; first-hand anecdotes; personal
observations of Ayn Rand and her associates; opinions on the strengths and flaws
of Objectivism; speculation on the future of the philosophy, and any other analysis,
recollection or point of view of interest to Objectivists. Interviews typically last from
one to three hours, at the discretion of the participant.
In addition to digitizing the video for permanent preservation, a verbatim text transcription
is created. Participants receive a courtesy DVD of the complete, unedited interview.
The OHP has recorded many hours of interviews with remarkable people with
exceptional stories to tell. People like John Hospers, 1972 Libertarian presidential
candidate, describing his private, and sometimes quite heated, philosophical discussions
with Ayn Rand; Nathaniel and Barbara Branden on the turbulent, and often difficult,
years that followed the publication of Atlas Shrugged, a period that ultimately led to
the first public lectures on Objectivist ideas; Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer
on Rand’s distinctive writing technique and on her passion for protecting her ideas
from misrepresentation. And so many more: the outspoken views of Ed Snider
and Al Ramrus on what scuttled early efforts to produce a movie version of Atlas
Shrugged; Bob Hessen and Iris Bell with behind the scenes details of the growing
pains of the early years of the movement; and screen legend Patricia Neal on bringing
“Dominique” to life for the movie, The Fountainhead. We interviewed libertarian/
feminist Joan Kennedy Taylor, a year before her death, and preserved her amazing
story of how Objectivists spearheaded the historic drive to end the military draft.
Highlights of the video interviews have been selected and featured in our DVD series, The Birth of Objectivism.
To learn more about the DVDs and view clips from the interviews, click here.