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So Goes the Nation


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(Documentary) "...SO GOES THE NATION" examines America's tumultuous electoral process through the eyes of diverse politicians, activists, and voters. The 2004 presidential election provides the stage, showing how the voting public is manipulated by both parties' leaders and their political marketing machines. Features Hollywood A-List in grass roots campaign efforts (Matt Dillon, Steve Buscemi, Hillary Swank, Brendan Fraser, Joe Pantoliano, etc.)

As John Kerry presidential campaign volunteer Miles Gerety puts it, "As goes Ohio, so goes the nation." Directors Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern, who were behind The Year of the Yao (about NBA superstar Yao Ming), attempt to get a handle on the 2004 presidential election by focusing on this swing state in the weeks before the big day. Senator Kerry and President George W. Bush staffers recount their experiences in trying to win the White House. Speakers include everyone from door-to-door campaigners to Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe and RNC chairman Ed Gillespie. Even some of Kerry's most dedicated followers admit that there were times their man let them down, like his failure to take a more aggressive stance against the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. On the other hand, at least one Bush staffer feels that her candidate made too big a deal about same-sex marriage. As longtime Republican Leslie Ghiz remarks about his campaign promises, "Notice there's [been] no marriage amendment." Del Deo and Stern also shadow local voters and out-of-town celebrities like Brendan Fraser, part of the organization Bring Ohio Back. (Other famous names to swing through the Buckeye State include Matt Dillon and Bruce Springsteen.) If ...So Goes the Nation presents more talking heads than revelations, it's still an evenhanded look at the series of events that led to such a seemingly surprising result. As a study in contrasts, Rachel Boynton's Our Brand is Crisis, also featuring strategist Tad Devine, proves that winning can sometimes be worse than losing. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special features

  • Commentary by filmmakers James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo

Product details

  • Actors: George W. Bush, John Kerry, Ed Gillespie, William Bacon, James Baker III
  • Directors: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
  • Producers: Adam Del Deo, Alex LaGory, Christopher C. Chen, Don Kempf, Douglas Hansen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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  • ASIN: B000K2V7EQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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