|Title:||Al Franken: God Spoke|
|Director:||Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus|
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|03.18.06||Paramount||This Screening is part of event: South by Southwest 2006|
With the past few "event" write-ups that I've done, the last day is always the hardest to record. It's the first night where I figure I can sleep first then write later so I end up putting it off for a few days and then all of a sudden it's this huge bear to get done. So I'm forcing myself to write these right now, after waking up on Sunday. If they're short or vague or whatever, oh well.
So today I was aiming for a full-on 6-movie day to end the fest... go out with a huge bang. The first movie, which I wanted to see not so much for the subject matter as the talent behind it, was this one. It was raining and random streets were closed off so traffic was terrible but I managed to get in just before the lights went down and the unbelievably crappy SXSW intro film played.
This doc follows around Al Franken for a while. That's it, basically. Earlier in the week when she spoke at a panel I was at, Chris Hegedus mentioned that they had originally started with the intention to follow the lawsuit between Franken and O'Reilly... but when it was pretty much laughed out of court and dropped in five minutes, they had to just keep shooting and hope a movie surfaced. So that's basically waht this is... it touches on the lawsuit, it touches on the Air America radio station (that's the full-on subject of another really good doc Left of the Dial), book tours, school visits, national convention coverages, etc. It basically just follows Franken around.
So I think that it was a good movie makes it more the achievement of the filmmakers than anything else. It's constructed very very well. I don't know how they did it but I'm in their fan club now (well... Hegedus was always there)