Then, see Caroline Suh’s documentary, Frontrunners, which opened last week in New York before expanding to cities nationwide. Oscilloscope Pictures acquired the film (which follows a student election at New York’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School) out of SXSW 2008. The film opened to respectable box office at the Film Forum, and has garnered some favorable reviews. For Entertainment Weekly, Lisa Schwarzbaum wrote: “Sophisticated young people at one of New York City’s most prestigious, intellectually elite public high schools campaign to be elected student council president in Caroline Suh’s nice, tight, observant documentary Frontrunners. But this is no real-life comedy à la Election — more like a valuable, teen-scaled version of the presidential election that currently obsesses us. Suh gets out of the way of the candidates, with rewarding results.”
At the film’s premiere party on Friday night, Suh was relieved that the documentary was opening in theaters prior to the Presidential election. I would say it serves as a nice antidote for all the more depressing and muddy politics surrounding the Obama and McCain race. Oscilloscope brings Frontrunners to six more cities on October 24.