Last night, we screened the movie at the first ever Politics on Film Festival in Washington, D.C. The venue was the Navy Memorial Auditorium, a very nice theater with great big crystal-clear projection. In this age of viewing movies on iPhones and digital downloads, it’s still fantastic to see this movie on a big screen, where the vistas of Kansas scenery can have their full impact. Politics on Film and our own humble marketing efforts managed to pretty much fill the 250-seat house, so you could hear the laugh when M.T. Liggett says “First off, I think George Bush is an asshole.”
Tom Frank, the author of the book, and Joe Winston, director of the movie, participated in a panel discussion afterwards, joined by Cameron Lynch and John Feehery. Cameron served as emcee and boasted a Kansas upbringing similar to Tom Frank’s, and John was sort of an expert witness from the world of political operatives. They’re also both avowed Republicans, while Tom is a feisty liberal Democrat/Populist, which sparked a few lively exchanges of views, which tended to end in laughter when Tom would get carried away until someone swiped the microphone from him.