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Sean P. Means
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'Schindler's List' producer too hot for Montana high school?

Hollywood producer Gerald Molen – whose credits include the Oscar-winning "Schindler's List" and the LDS missionary story "The Other Side of Heaven" – is claiming officials scratched a commencement speech he was going to give at a Montana high school, because he's a conservative.

Molen wrote a letter to the local paper, the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Mont., complaining that he was told he could not speak to graduating seniors at Ronan High School – but was only told after he had driven there, 90 minutes from his home in Bigfork, Mont.

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Molen told The Hollywood Reporter that the reason the school officials gave for his cancelation was that he was "a right-wing conservative."

"[The principal] said some callers didn’t want the kids exposed to that, despite not knowing what my message would be," Molen told The Hollywood Reporter.

Molen, an ex-Marine and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is currently producing a documentary based on right-wing author Dinesh D'Souza's controversial screed against President Barack Obama, "The Roots of Obama's Rage."

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