Bernie Sanders has faced an uphill battle throughout the Democratic primary, but the senator from Vermont has nevertheless inspired a movement that few would have predicted at this time last year. Among his vocal supporters are the filmmakers behind "Bern," a documentary featuring rare footage of Sanders throughout his political career. An excerpt from the upcoming film has been made available on its website.
"We started this project simply as voters wanting to learn more about a candidate, but it quickly became something much larger," says Executive Producer Jay Matthew. "The more we investigated, the more we realized a very interesting story was taking shape and that the only way to tell it right was to take a closer look at Bernie’s history and figure out why he has connected so strongly with so many people.”
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Perhaps fittingly for Sanders, "Bern" was crowdfunded and will be made available for free online: the first segment on May 27, the second on February 27 of next year. The latter portion will cover the rest of the election regardless of its outcome, for, as Matthew says, “We believe that what Bernie Sanders is doing for the political and social landscape of America will go far beyond the 2016 race.”
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