SIFF 2013 BEST DOCUMENTARY: GRAND JURY PRIZE
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||2:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|May 18, 2013||7:00 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
|May 19, 2013||1:30 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
|June 16, 2013||12:00 PM||Date has passed|
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 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
|Running Time:||85 minutes|
|Producer:||Brian L. Frye, Penny Lane|
|Cinematographers:||H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, Dwight Chapin|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|