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Logline: The fight to get money out of politics stampedes through the Wild West in “Charlie vs. Goliath,” a feature-length documentary about a penniless 75-year-old former Catholic priest who runs an inspiring campaign to win a US Senate seat in Wyoming.
Tired of hearing about Drumpf, Clinton and politics as usual? Look no further than the Wild West of Wyoming, where I’m doing a feature documentary about the most inspiring political campaign in the country. Surprised? You should be. US Senate candidate Charlie Hardy couldn’t be more unconventional. He’s a 75-year old Catholic priest who once lived in a cardboard shack for eight years and now lives on a $400-a-month social security check. Yet Charlie’s message of getting money out of politics galvanizes a ragtag group of young volunteers determined to shake up the political establishment in Wyoming, and this country.
Reed Lindsay, Director/DP: Won 2014 Gracie Award for “Fists of Fury,” a short film about a 15-year-old girl in India striving to be a champion boxer. Co-winner of an Emmy for his contribution to the HBO documentary “In Tahrir Square.” Nominated for a Rory Peck Award for best documentary in 2011 for the hour-long film “Benghazi Rising.”
Jihan Hafiz, Co-Director: In 2015 won the award for best feature from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) for her film “Fists Up, Fight Back.”
Cameron Clendaniel, Editor: Cameron’s award-winning work has aired on outlets like PBS, the Sundance Channel, and CNN, as well as dozens of film festivals.
Nicolas Rossier, Consulting Producer: An award-winning filmmaker whose work has appeared on more than 50 US and foreign television channels and screened at top film festivals and venues around the world.
About the Film:
In 2009, I took a job as a journalist in Washington, DC. It didn’t take long before I began to feel disillusioned, seeing how the political system was clearly rigged to favor big money. In Charlie’s story, I found a reason to hope again. Charlie inspired me just as he did young people from across the country who left their jobs to volunteer for his campaign. I’m determined to document Charlie’s story because I feel it will inspire many others, in this country and beyond, to consider how they can make a difference even when the odds seem exceedingly long.
Current Status: We have a rough cut and are in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to finish the film by September.
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