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HIFF “A Perfect Candidate”

HIFF’s final SummerDocs screening of 2016 revisited a political classic: A PERFECT CANDIDATE, R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor‘s barnstormer documentary about Oliver North‘s 1994 Senate campaign. Directors R.J. Cutler (THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE) and David Van Taylor (ADVISE & DISSENT) joined Alec Baldwin and David Nugent in conversation following the screening of a Perfect Candidate @ Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater in East Hampton.
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David Nugent, 
David Van Taylor, R.J. Cutler, Alec Baldwin

HIFF’s final SummerDocs screening of 2016 revisited a political classic: A PERFECT CANDIDATE, R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor‘s barnstormer documentary about Oliver North‘s 1994 Senate campaign. Directors R.J. Cutler (THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE) and David Van Taylor (ADVISE & DISSENT) joined Alec Baldwin and David Nugent in conversation following the screening of a Perfect Candidate @ Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater in East Hampton.
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David Nugent, 
David Van Taylor, R.J. Cutler, Alec Baldwin

Sometimes horrifying, often hilarious, A PERFECT CANDIDATE is a twisted journey into the underbelly of American politics. In 1994 former Marine Oliver North re-emerged from the Iran-Contra scandal to run for the U.S Senate to spark one of modern politics’ most outrageous elections. In the hotly contested race between North and incumbent Chuck Robb—who played Charlie Brown to Ollie’s Elvis—filmmakers R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor were granted astonishing access to the back room games played by the candidates, their handlers, and the press. The result is a revealing, chilling and darkly funny look into the modern political process.

“The Onion” to call it “brilliant, riveting, and unforgettable… a great film about American elections and the people who control them,” while “The New Yorker” declared, “It couldn’t be more relevant.”


Photography: Barry Gordin

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David Nugent, David Van Taylor, R.J. Cutler, Alec Baldwin