The film, optioned from Douglas Brinkley's book Tour of Duty (LINK) describes a Boston Brahmin's odyssey from the Mekong Delta to the helm of a national anti-war movement. IF it makes the target wide-release September, pre E-Day, release date, Butler's work could make major headway with the "Who is John Kerry?" problem.
Also please Note: Stekler's oeuvre is worth knocking off early for the 4:45 pm ET full-length showing, also Thursday.
His Texas-as-political-microcosm case study chronicles a 2002 race for a state representative seat in central Texas where Evangelical Christian Republican incumbent Rick Green, faces-off against 24-year-old Democratic political ingénue, Patrick Rose LINK.
At the outset, the Lone Star's devotion to what Karl Rove brands a George W. Bush conservatism makes the outcome seem predetermined.
The elevator pitch: two candidates with dramatically opposed political platforms -- one with major political backing (think video endorsement from Charleton Heston) but some political baggage (alleged links to a Ponzi scheme, etc.) -- the other with the ink barely dry on his Princeton diploma but dogged door-to-door campaign determination and good looks (as one potential voter puts it "you're one hot [explicative]!!") -- all set against the backdrop of rapidly shifting voter demographics.
Peppered throughout is analysis from Rove, Richards, Begala, and Ivins (who muses on the essential "Elvis quality" for political success.)
And speaking of The King, did we mention (No, we didn't . . . ) that one other film will be excerpted as part of the panel set-up -- the early '90s period piece "Elvis and Us," Mary Marsh and Mark Halperin's look at life on the trail with a certain then-Arkansas governor running for the first time for president.
Tickets and all the information you need can be found right here at the SILVERDOCS Web site. http://www.silverdocs.com
See y'all out there.