The coming weeks will see a veritable deluge of notable political documentaries hitting the big screen and video
stores. An incomplete list includes:
The Hunting of the President (DVD), Dir. Harry Thomason & Nickolas Perry
A detailed investigation in to the Republican campaign to discredit Bill Clinton, including the failed Whitewater investigation.
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (Theatrical, NYC-other cities to follow). Dir. George Butler (Pumping Iron, The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition)
Loosely based on the best-selling book Tour of Duty by Douglas Brinkley, the film examines the story of John Kerry and focuses largely on his Vietnam service and the ensuing years. Review to follow later this week.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (DVD), Dir. Michael Moore
Horns & Halos (DVD), Dir. Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley
This engrossing and award-winning film chronicles the Sisyphean efforts of writer J. H. Hatfield and publisher Sander Hicks to resurrect Hatfield's biography of George W. Bush after it was shelved by publisher St. Martin's Press in the fall of 1999.
The War Room, Dir. D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus
This now legendary film documents the 1992 Clinton campaign's inner sanctum, featuring chief strategist James Carville and communications director George Stephanopoulos.
Michael Moore box set, incl. Bowling For Columbine and The Big One, as well as a short documentary following Moore on his book tour for Dude, Where's My Country?
Reviews of some if not all, of these films and DVDs are forthcoming!