Sundance Channel to Offer “Bush’s Brain” on Election Eve, Among Other Political Docs
by Eugene Hernandez
Cable TV networks that showcase independent film programming are planning to air a number of election-themed films on the eve of next week’s U.S. presidential election. Sundance Channel has secured a November 1st TV debut of “Bush’s Brain,” the new doc that explores George W. Bush’s key campaign strategist and advisor, Karl Rove. Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob‘s new film is based on James Moore and Wayne Slater‘s book of the same name.
Sundance Channel’s pre-election coverage will include a “Tanner on Tanner” marathon this Friday and a political DOCday marathon on Monday, November 1st. Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau‘s “Tanner” debuted earlier this month on the network and stars Cynthia Nixon as the daughter of Jack Tanner, making a documentary about her father’s run for the presidency (which was depicted in “Tanner ’88”). The show, parts of it shot at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Boston, features cameos from numerous politicos.
For its election eve doc programming, Sundance will showcase four films. Joan Sekler and Richard Ray Perez‘ “Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election,” looks at the last presidential election, while two films by Robert Greenwald tackle even more contemporary issues. “Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War” explores the Bush Administration’s failures in Iraq and “Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties” (co-directed with Nonny de la Peña) is having its TV premiere, investigating the 2001 Patriot Act and its impact on civil rights.
Later that night “Bush’s Brain” will deliver the indictment of Bush insider, Rove. The film, which debuted earlier this year at SXSW, includes an exploration of Bush campaign attacks on former Texas governor Ann Richards and Senator John McCain. The film, which includes interviews with Molly Ivins, Joe C. Wilson, Max Cleland and others, was recently released theatrically in 25 cities by Tartan Films USA.