Festival adds Showtime documentary on 'greatest political upset of all time'
The film community, with few exceptions, is not down with Donald Trump. If you question that, Meryl Streep's riveting speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night should dispel any doubts.
So for the Sundance Film Festival to add a last-minute Trump documentary to its lineup may come as some surprise, focusing as it does on a man who won't find many supporters among festival attendees.
However, given the track record of the men behind Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time, the documentary is unlikely to be hagiographic. The executive producers are Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon, co-hosts of Showtime's The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth. Halperin and Heilemann co-authored Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, which became an acclaimed HBO film starring Ed Harris as McCain and Julianne Moore as Palin.
Halperin, Heilemann and McKinnon... offer unprecedented access and never-before-seen footage of candidate Trump from the primaries through the debates to the dawning realization that the controversial businessman will become the 45th President of the United States.
The film directed by Banks Tarver, Ted Bourne and Mary Robertson is described as offering "unprecedented access and never-before-seen footage of candidate Trump from the primaries through the debates to the dawning realization that the controversial businessman will become the 45th President of the United States."
Trumped is set to premiere at Sundance on Friday, January 27, a week after Trump's inauguration. It will play again at the festival the following day, Saturday, January 28. The premium cable channel Showtime will debut Trumped Friday, February 3 at 9 p.m.
The Sundance Film Festival runs January 19-29 in Park City, Utah. Trump will be inaugurated January 20, the festival's first full day.
Eight years ago I reported from Park City during the inauguration of President Obama. The festival set up television monitors at the bottom of Main Street, where a multitude of people stood in the cold to witness the historic swearing-in of America's first African-American president. A similar spectacle is less likely to unfold for Trump, although Chelsea Handler reportedly plans to lead an anti-Trump Women's March down Main Street on Saturday, January 21. Similar marches are planned in the nation's capital and across the country the same day.
Handler said in a statement, “If there’s anything I learned in the last year, it’s that we need to be louder and stronger than ever about what we believe in, so I joined some incredible women from around the country to bring our voices together in the streets of Park City. The Women’s March on Main will be an opportunity for the creative community and those in Utah to stand beside those in D.C.”
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.