In this extraordinary election year of 2016, the Film Committee offers a special screening of PBS’s The Choice 2016 followed by an exciting opportunity to discuss the campaign.
Unfortunately, due to a scheduling change Michael Kirk will not be available for our after-screening discussion. We will provide updates here on the new arrangements.
On the Choice 2016:
“…we’ve undertaken the most ambitious television biographies of these candidates ever created, going beyond the headlines they’ve generated and the personas they’ve created to explore what has made them who they are as people and as politicians.”
And this election is the strangest in living memory. We have nominated the very first woman candidate in our nation’s history, who is probably the most qualified candidate who has ever run for the presidency. At the same time the Republican Party has chosen to nominate a bombastic property mogul and sometime reality T.V. star, who has never run for public office.
Timothy Egan, the long-serving New York Times journalist ended his wrap-up of the Republican convention saying, “And we should fear—for the republic, for democracy facing the greatest peril since the Civil War.” This is no ordinary election year!
So what are we to make of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump? Family, friends, critics and the closest colleagues of both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump contribute to the film as it explores what drives these two extraordinary people and what has shaped their world views.
About The Choice series:
Frontline has been producing this series for PBS since 1988.
Watch the 2008 version!
Documentary filmmaker Michael Kirk has produced more than 200 national television programs and won every major award in journalism, including four Peabody Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, two George Polk Awards, fourteen Emmy Awards, and ten Writers Guild of America Awards,
He was the senior producer of FRONTLINE from the series' inception in 1983 until the fall of 1987, when he created his own production company, the Kirk Documentary Group. He has maintained an active and productive relationship with PBS and FRONTLINE.
His documentaries have covered the key political events of this period, from the war in Iraq, to the financial crisis and the war on terror, as well as a wide range of American social and cultural issues. He is currently completing Divided States of America -- an epic chronicle of the eight years of Barack Obama's presidency woven against the backdrop of dramatic changes confronting the GOP. The program will air just before the Presidential Inauguration in January of 2017.
Some useful articles:
On Hillary Clinton
Klein, Ezra. "On understanding Hillary Clinton: Why the Clinton America sees isn't the Clinton colleagues know," Vox. July 11 2016. This is about how a listener campaigns. A well-researched, insightful. article on how Hillary works and campaigns: "Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination by forming a coalition. And part of how she forms coalitions is by listening to her potential partners — both to figure out what they need and to build her relationships with them."
Traister, Rebecca. "Hillary Clinton vs Herself: There is nothing simple about this candidacy or candidate." The New York Magazine. May 30 2016.
Walsh, Joan. "Why I’m Supporting Hillary Clinton, With Joy and Without Apologies." The Nation. January 27, 2016.
Important endorsements and editorials:
Washington Post Editorial Board. "The Hillary Clinton email story is out of control." September 8, 2016.
"Imagine how history would judge today’s Americans if, looking back at this election, the record showed that voters empowered a dangerous man because of . . . a minor email scandal. There is no equivalence between Ms. Clinton’s wrongs and Mr. Trump’s manifest unfitness for office.
The Dallas Morning Star Editorial Board. "We recommend Hillary Clinton for president."
"This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation's highest office since before World War II — if you're counting, that's more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections."
On Donald Trump
In this New Yorker article by Jane Mayer, Tony Schwarts, the ghostwriter of Trump's 1987 The Art of the Deal, explains his remorse for his role in promoting the myth of Trump's success in business.
“I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”
"People are dispensable and disposable in Trump’s world.” If Trump is elected President, he warned, “the millions of people who voted for him and believe that he represents their interests will learn what anyone who deals closely with him already knows—that he couldn’t care less about them.”