Final SummerDocs Screening: ‘A Perfect Candidate’

Don’t miss HIFF’s final SummerDocs screening of 2016!

To close out summer, on Saturday, August 27, we’re revisiting a political classic: A PERFECT CANDIDATE is R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor‘s barnstormer documentary about Oliver North‘s 1994 Senate campaign.

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Saturday, August 27, 7:00 pm
Guild Hall of East Hampton

Sometimes horrifying, often hilarious, A PERFECT CANDIDATE is a twisted journey into the underbelly of American politics. In 1994 former Marine Oliver North re-emerged from the Iran-Contra scandal to run for the U.S Senate to spark one of modern politics’ most outrageous elections. In the hotly contested race between North and incumbent Chuck Robb—who played Charlie Brown to Ollie’s Elvis—filmmakers R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor were granted astonishing access to the back room games played by the candidates, their handlers, and the press. The result is a revealing, chilling and darkly funny look into the modern political process.

Sometimes called the “evil twin” of the Pennebaker/Hegedus classic THE WAR ROOM, A PERFECT CANDIDATE screened in over 70 theaters nationwide, and on Channel 4 UK; and was nominated for an Emmy and short-listed for an Oscar. Its 2004 DVD release confirmed the film’s lasting value, and prompted The Onion to call it “brilliant, riveting, and unforgettable… a great film about American elections and the people who control them,” while The New Yorker declared, “It couldn’t be more relevant.”

Directors R.J. Cutler (THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE) and David Van Taylor (ADVISE & DISSENT) will join Alec Baldwin and David Nugent in conversation following the screening. Find tickets.

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