SXSW Spotlights Political Films with Rove Doc, "Bush's Brain"
by Brian Brooks
The state that brought the U.S. and the world George W. Bush will have one eye on the prez during this election year at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival taking place March 12-20 in Austin. This year's fest will showcase a series of political films. Karl Rove, the elusive and devoted George W. advisor who is credited as the brainchild behind Bush's unlikely rise to the presidency, will be in the spotlight at the fest with the world premiere of "Bush's Brain" by directors Michael Paradies Shoob and Joseph Mealey.
"Bush's Brain," based on the book by Wayne Slater and James Moore, takes a look at Rove's instrumental efforts in overseeing the rise of the Republican Party in Texas and helping in Bush's surprising ascent to the White House. The film utilizes interviews with pundits and others who have had dealings with the Rove, who has been labeled a political genius. "Bush's Brain" is one of a series of political films that are slated for the 2004 SXSW Film Festival, including the world premiere of Paul Stekler's elections doc "Last Man Standing" and the regional debut of Oscar winner Jonathan Demme's "The Agronomist." Also planned is the regional premiere of Steve James' latest, "The New Americans."
SXSW will also feature classic political documentaries as part of its program including RJ Cutler and David Van Taylor's "A Perfect Candidate," (1996) "Vote for Me; Politics in America" (1996) by Louis Alvarez and Andy Kolker, and "America is Hard to See" (1968) by Emile de Antonio. In addition to the political programs, SXSW will feature narratives, animation, experimental and music videos as well as panels, workshops and more. Technology will also be the focus of the SXSW Interactive and Film Trade Show Exhibition.
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