Seventh Art Acquires “Only in America”; Will Premiere at SXSW
by Brian Brooks
Seventh Art Releasing has acquired “Only in America,” a documentary on Senator Joseph Lieberman directed by Ron Frank, which will have its world premiere during the 2003 South by Southwest Film Festival. Roughly following the political vein of two past docs on presidential hopefuls who eventually ascended to the White House, 24/6 Productions’ “Only in America” follows the Connecticut senator’s career from the 2000 presidential race to his recent announcement to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2004.
Fellow Democrat Bill Clinton had his campaign for the White House captured in 1993’s landmark “The War Room,” by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. More recently, “Journeys with George,” by Alexandra Pelosi and Aaron Lubarsky, followed the eventual triumph of George W. Bush’s controversial 2000 challenge against Al Gore and Lieberman.
“Only in America” explores Lieberman’s personal history and emphasizes his roots as a Jewish American and the ultimate experience of that community at the turn of the century. The film opens with Al Gore’s announcement of Lieberman as a running mate through his recent announcement to seek the presidency. Included in the film are interviews with Hadassah Lieberman, Marsha Lieberman, Senator Diane Feinstein, Eli Evans, Jack Romanos, Al Franken, Congressman Henry Waxman, the late Senator Paul Welstone and Rabbi Robert Wexler.
Seventh Art’s acquisition of “Only in America” continues the company’s involvement in socio-political docs, which includes R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor’s “A Perfect Candidate,” on Oliver North’s unsuccessful 1994 campaign for Senate. The company also released Deborah Hoffman and Frances Reid’s 2000 Apartheid doc “Long Night’s Journey into Day.”