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     CAN MR. SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE?
USA, 82 mins, Color

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This documentary follows the 2004 Missouri Democratic primary to replace retiring 28-year veteran and former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt. It is told from inside the campaign of Jeff Smith, a 29-year old part-time political science instructor at Washington University.

The leading candidate is State Representative Russ Carnahan, scion of Missouri's most powerful political dynasty. Carnahan's record is thin, his public performances are weak and his campaign is uninspired. But his family's strong establishment ties provide him fundraising connections and near universal name recognition. As the early front-runner Carnahan holds a 40-point lead over Jeff who has zero name recognition. The odds against Jeff are overwhelming. He starts with no money, no political base and no name recognition. His staff is a hodge-podge of political nobodies, mostly former students.

The film offers an unvarnished look at the inside of what national pundits called one of 2004's surprising campaigns. And the film asks if it is still possible in America for voters excited by a person's ideas and ability to get involved in the political process and elect a candidate who has not sold out, or bought into the existing political establishment.

Frank Popper
Frank Popper wandered into a photo lab while teaching high school English in St. Louis. Seeing the magic of his friend's print come to life took his professional life in a new direction--from photography to award-winning multi-image productions to film. Popper produced The Lounge People, a feature starring Buck Henry and Christine Ebersole, which aired on Starz. He was principal videographer of Eroica!, a documentary that aired on PBS about The Eroica Trio's collaboration with a classical music composer. Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? is his first feature length documentary.
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Showings
06/10/07 09:00 AMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 
06/9/07 07:00 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 


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