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Our Nixon


SIFF 2013 Best Documentary: Grand Jury Prize

USA | 2013 | 85 minutes | Penny Lane

This all-archival documentary, constructed from Super8 footage shot by three White House aides (Watergate conspirators Ehrlichman, Haldeman, and Chapin), creates an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency, as it has never been seen before.

April 29, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Press Screening - Admission by pass only

May 18, 2013
xHarvard Exit  
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May 19, 2013
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When H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin accepted their positions as Richard Nixon’s top political aides, they had no idea their political careers would end in prison. Buzzing with enthusiasm and romance for government, these staffers filmed as much of their time in the White House as possible on their Super8 cameras. Filled with the bright eyes of young political leaders constantly in awe of their positions, Our Nixon shows us an administration full of hope and fun. However, this joy slowly gives way to Nixon’s need for control, intoxication with power, and exploitation of his staff’s naivety. Tying the footage together with interviews by Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and Chapin, we start to learn the way that Nixon laid the bricks in the path to corruption. After sitting in a basement for nearly 40 years after the seizure in the Watergate investigations, director Penny Lane brings these recordings to life, painting a portrait of Nixon very different from the one most of us knew.

Director Biography
Director and Producer Penny Lane has been making award-winning documentaries and essay films since 2002. In 2012, she was name one of Filmmaker Magazine's “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Our Nixon is her first documentary feature film.

Sponsored in part by Seattle Weekly

Director: Penny Lane
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 85 minutes
Producer: Brian L. Frye, Penny Lane
Cinematographers: H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, Dwight Chapin
Editors: Francisco Bello
Music: Hrishikesh Hirway
Website: http://www.ournixon.com/
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: HDCAM
US Distributor: Cinedigm
International Sales: Autlook Film Sales
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