“The Congressman” follows Charlie Winship (Treat Williams), a seasoned Maine Congressman who has grown disillusioned with the political system, especially the special interest lobbyists and internal infighting. But when a video of him failing to rise for the pledge of allegiance surfaces on the Internet, Charlie is thrown into a public firestorm and is subjected to harsh criticism about his character and values. Along with that, Charlie contends with a conniving lobbyist (George Hamilton), an advisor with secrets of his own (Ryan Merriman), and a divorce from his wife (Jayne Atkinson). But despite his fears of irrelevancy, he finds hope in a small coastal village and the town’s librarian (Elizabeth Marvel), and fights for their rights when they’re under attack by a powerful fishing conglomerate.
Can Charlie stand up to the special interest groups and believe in the American Dream once again? Watch an exclusive clip below featuring Charlie fielding complaints from the people.
“The Congressman” is written and directed by former Long Island Congressman Robert J. Mrazek, who served in the House of Representatives from 1983 to 1993 representing New York’s 3rd Congressional district. After being elected to his fifth term in Congress, Mrazek announced that he would not stand for re-election, choosing instead to explore a run for the United States Senate in 1992. He abandoned this race after being swept up along with hundreds of other members of Congress implicated in the House banking scandal. Mrazek served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 until he retired in 1993. Mrazek attended the London Film School in 1968. This is his first feature film.
The film premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 9. Vision Films will release “The Congressman” on VOD on June 21, and on DVD later this fall.