Our Nixon (2013)
"Perhaps there is no Richard Nixon but only the public spectacle we might call the Nixoniad. The so-called Checkers speech of 1952 gave him a larger audience than any politician in history had enjoyed up until that time. The 1970 photograph of him with Elvis remains the most requested item in the National Archive. Nixon’s trip to China occasioned an opera; his televised interviews with David Frost from 1977 were fodder for a Broadway play and a Hollywood movie. The media is his home. Our Nixon’s funniest bit catches the Leader of the Free World in private conversation with Haldeman and Ehrlichman, pondering the sitcom All in the Family and ranting about the glorification of homosexuality on the public airwaves. To watch Our Nixon is to see our thirty-seventh president as the ghost in the machine, a funny-looking gremlin who haunts the national TV set.”
Alternative Candidate Rating: 4/5
Tune in to CNN this Thursday at 9:00pm EST for the television premiere of the Kickstarter-funded documentary Our Nixon!
What does it take to release a film?
Learn from the creators of Our Nixon, who are dissecting the process in their project updates. Part 1 focuses on Movie Posters, which are a lot more integral to the process than you might expect. Excited to see what’s next!
Just got my Our Nixon rewards in the mail! Brian L. Frye and Penny Lane’s found footage documentary made from Nixon aides’ Super 8 home movies was featured in this year’s Kickstarter Film Festival, and I have been 1000000% obsessed with this project since Day One.
- 1 official H.R. Haldeman holding a Super 8 camera bobblehead doll with “Every President needs an S.O.B. and I’m Nixon’s” tagline on the box — check.
- 1 set of Nixon Staff Super 8 Home Movies transferred to 9 DVDs — check. (Note: Just discovered that “Year 1971 Disc 1 of 2” includes Nixon’s daughter’s wedding. Hot dog!)
- 1 pouch of retro-inspired Nixon campaign pins — check
- 2 Nixon temp tatz (!) — doublecheck!
Needless to say, Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler is outrageously jealous of my mail.