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9 December 2005 (USA) See more »
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All Politics is Local
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Three Candidates, Two blind Politicians, One Race. Anytown USA follows a tightly run race in the small town of Bogota, New Jersey and resonates as an all-too-familiar look at partisan politics in our increasingly polarized nation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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the documentary sleeper of the year...and it hits personal ground for me See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Steve Lonegan ... Himself
Fred Pesce ... Himself
Dave Musikant ... Himself
Doug Friedline ... Himself
Bill Palatucci ... Himself
George Shaloub ... Himself
Joe Noto ... Himself
Melissa Schnipp ... Herself
Tom Layson ... Himself
Janine Strafaci ... Herself
Drew Speier ... Himself
Alan Bookspan ... Himself
Allison Bookspan ... Herself
Eileen Karpoff ... Herself
Tom Dematrakis ... Himself
Charlie Severino ... Himself
Dan Sabella ... Himself
Elmer Hertz ... Himself
Teresa Robbins ... Herself
Scott Fallon ... Himself
Joe Caruso ... Himself
Marion Weber ... Herself
Mrs. Musikant ... Herself
Jim Moore ... Himself
Kathy Kriegler ... Herself
Rick Shafton ... Himself
Sue Casper ... Herself
Eamon McAnaney ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Calderon ... Himself
Terrence Holley ... Himself
Mikey Lupo ... Himself
Chris Recio ... Himself

Directed by
Kristian Fraga 
 
Produced by
Susan Bedusa .... associate producer
Steven C. Beer .... executive producer (as Steven Beer)
Michael Bridenstine .... producer
Juan Dominguez .... producer
Tom Fontana .... executive producer
Kristian Fraga .... executive producer
Mitch Kaye .... co-executive producer
Costa Michalakis .... associate producer
Marc Perez .... executive producer (as Marc J. Perez)
Brennan Rees .... co-producer (as Brennan Reese)
Heidi Reinberg .... field producer
John L. Sikes .... producer
Douglas Tirola .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Miller 
 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Wolff 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Greene 
Sandy Patch 
 
Sound Department
William Enrico .... adr foley mixer (as William P. Enrico)
William Enrico .... post-production sound (as William P. Enrico)
William Enrico .... sound designer (as William P. Enrico)
William Enrico .... sound editor (as William P. Enrico)
William Enrico .... sound mixer (as William P. Enrico)
Jeri Klein .... post-production audio assistant
Roy Marasigan .... additional sound (as Roy Mersegan)
Vincent Rongone .... adr foley mixer
Vincent Rongone .... post-production sound
Vincent Rongone .... sound designer
Vincent Rongone .... sound editor
Vincent Rongone .... sound mixer
Adam Sanchez .... additional sound
Kevin Seaman .... sound
John Steadwell .... additional sound
 
Visual Effects by
Russell August Anderson .... visual effects assistant (as Russell Anderson)
Marc Perez .... visual effects supervisor (as Marc J. Perez)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Foley .... camera operator
Chung Pai .... camera operator
Sandor Temlock .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Russell August Anderson .... assistant colorist (as Russell Anderson)
Franco Barbeite .... colorist
George Chung .... assistant editor
B.B. Enriquez .... assistant editor
Max Gleason .... assistant editor
Angela Hodgkinson .... assistant editor
Victoria Lang .... assistant editor
Ann Moot-Levin .... assistant editor
Marc Perez .... on-line editor (as Marc J. Perez)
Amanda Rosa .... assistant editor
Sehban Zaidi .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Elena Barere .... conductor
Michael P. Benoit .... composer: additional music
Vanessa Blore .... music clearance assistant
Auril Brown .... musician: strings
Robert Carlisle .... musician: french horn
Mike Davis .... musician: trombone
Jonathan Dinklage .... musician: violin
Katherine Fong .... musician: violin
Charles Giordano .... musician: accordion (as Charlie Giordano)
Hey Young Ham .... musician: strings
Yuri Krauss .... musician: trumpet
Ann Leathers .... musician: strings
Ann Lehman .... musician: violin
Katherine Livolsi .... musician: violin
Sal Lo Piccolo .... music clearance assistant
Joe Mendoza .... music mixing engineer
Joe Mendoza .... music recording engineer
Robert Miller .... musician: keyboards
Vera Pandolfo .... music producer
 
Other crew
Jenelle Abrams .... intern: 4th Row
Steven C. Beer .... sales representative (as Steven Beer)
David Copeman .... legal services
Camille Coppola .... intern: Sirk
Patrick Courtney .... intern: 4th Row
Frankie Davis .... intern: Sirk
Irene Ferrera .... intern: 4th Row
Thomas J. Flannery .... accounting services
Melissa Marchisella .... intern: Sirk
Christopher Piazza .... production assistant
Courtney Potts .... intern: 4th Row
Freeland Shreve .... intern: 4th Row
David Sosa .... intern: Sirk
Theodore Weis .... legal services
 
Thanks
Roy H. Adams Jr. .... special thanks
Steve Alvarez .... special thanks
Henry J. Amoroso .... special thanks
Carmela Azzolliui .... special thanks
Beth Bahnsen .... special thanks
Chris Bahnsen .... special thanks
Anthony Besada .... special thanks
Teba Besada .... special thanks
Stephen Boswell .... special thanks
Andro Buneta .... special thanks
Richard P. Burgoon Jr. .... special thanks
Carolyn M. Burgoon .... special thanks
Anthony Caruso .... special thanks
David C. Cavalier .... special thanks
Constance Chase .... special thanks
Randall Chase .... special thanks
Juniper Chew .... special thanks
Sandra Clemens .... special thanks
James Conboy .... special thanks
Mary Rose Conboy .... special thanks
Anthony Costa .... special thanks
John F. Dagostino .... special thanks (as Col. John F. Dagostino)
Caroline Damiron .... special thanks
Milan DiGiulio .... special thanks
Stephanie DiGiulio .... special thanks
Luis Dominguez .... special thanks
Stacey Dominguez .... special thanks
Lorraine Dudzinski .... special thanks
John Elejalde .... special thanks
Jose Luis Elejalde .... special thanks
Josefina Elejalde .... special thanks
Lili Ervin .... special thanks
Wilson Ervin .... special thanks
Terry Evans .... special thanks
Donna Fauerbach .... special thanks
Kurt Fauerbach .... special thanks
Pamela Fedele .... special thanks
Jonathan Fishman .... special thanks
David Fitton .... special thanks
Peter Fokas .... special thanks
John C. Fortson .... special thanks
Jose Fraga .... special thanks
Joseph Fraga .... special thanks
Maria Fraga .... special thanks
Richard Friedberg .... special thanks
David Garfield .... special thanks
Michael Grele .... special thanks
Dian Griesel .... special thanks
Richard P. Gurgoon Jr. .... special thanks
Morgan Hammerback .... special thanks
Tom Hauser .... special thanks
J. Holtham .... special thanks
Jamie Hook .... special thanks
David Jasper .... special thanks
Jennifer Jeune .... special thanks
Alex Kakoyiannis .... special thanks
Alex Kellenberger .... special thanks
Jodi Kellenberger .... special thanks
Richard Klatte .... special thanks
Jerry Krenach .... special thanks
The Larino Family .... special thanks
Robert Lax .... special thanks
Alfred Lebenbom-Mansour .... special thanks
Miriam Lebenbom-Mansour .... special thanks
Lisa Lee .... special thanks
Dan Leon .... special thanks
Alice Lin .... special thanks
Joel Lin .... special thanks
Lisa Lindberg .... special thanks
Jose Llanos .... special thanks
Minerva Llanos .... special thanks
April Maguire .... special thanks
John Maguire .... special thanks
Melinda Maluga .... special thanks
Maria Marchada .... special thanks
Amon McAnaney .... special thanks
Barry R. McElroy .... special thanks
Jordan McLean .... special thanks
Dennis McNerney .... special thanks
Pamela McNichols .... special thanks (as Pamela 'The Muse' McNicols)
Allen Medina .... special thanks
Tom Meyers .... special thanks
The Michalakis Family .... special thanks
The Miguelez Family .... special thanks
Pamela Moineau .... special thanks
Philip Moineau .... special thanks
Ed Muzio .... special thanks
Oscar .... special thanks
Nelson Page .... special thanks
Nicol Paone .... special thanks
Riaz Patel .... special thanks
Alice Perez .... special thanks
Gil Perez .... special thanks
Dan Polster .... special thanks
Adam Portnoy .... special thanks
Shelley Rochester .... special thanks
Omiira Rohani .... special thanks
Todd Rothman .... special thanks
Rosemarie Salvatore .... special thanks
Benito Santos .... special thanks
Pura Santos .... special thanks
Reshma Sapre .... special thanks
Maureen Schneider .... special thanks
Robert Schneider .... special thanks
Robert Scorrano .... special thanks
Mike Scotti .... special thanks
Matt Zoller Seitz .... special thanks
Mayu Sekiguchi .... special thanks
Elena Sikes .... special thanks
Jay Sikes .... special thanks
O.J. Sikes .... special thanks
Geraldine Smyth .... special thanks
Thomas Smyth .... special thanks
Beng Spies .... special thanks
Cyndie Spiesbach .... special thanks
Gerry Spiesbach .... special thanks
Justin Stern .... special thanks
Theodore Stratigos .... special thanks
Steve Strunsky .... special thanks
Francis Sullivan .... special thanks
Tammy Sullivan .... special thanks
Sandy Sweetzer .... special thanks
Joe Tarrer .... special thanks
Rose Marie Tarrer .... special thanks
Mario M. Tenesi .... special thanks
Anthony Teresi .... special thanks
Diane Touhey .... special thanks
Jack Touhey .... special thanks
Maura Tull .... special thanks
Philip Tull .... special thanks
Liz Turner .... special thanks
Sarah Sophia Turner .... special thanks
Diana Velez .... special thanks
The Vermonters .... special thanks
Donald Winant .... special thanks
Lev Yampolsky .... special thanks
Maxim Yampolsky .... special thanks
Nicholas Zampetti .... special thanks
Angelo Zisimopoulos .... special thanks
 

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
the documentary sleeper of the year...and it hits personal ground for me, 25 December 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

I wouldn't rank Anytown USA with the all-time great documentaries, but I know not only will I watch this again when it comes out on DVD, I'll likely buy it. For myself, going slightly past the film criticism for a moment, there is initial interest right off the bat with the location of the film. Bogota, New Jersey, is literally the town next over to mine (they even say Teaneck a couple of times in the film; the high school in their town is literally what makes my street a Dead-End), and while I have walked or driven through it countless times, I really only had a vague idea of who the people in the town were before the film. I have no friends from the town, and my only real conception of them (this is before the film) is that the cops love to give out tickets (in such a small town, what can you do with your spare time). Seeing the film, and seeing the townsfolk and those running for its Mayoral office (aka the 'Bogotian's', a name I laughed at when I first heard), I get a whole other picture.

Once getting over the initial feeling of 'ah, places I know up on the screen, and directed by a local no less', settling into the film is no trouble. The filmmakers have here crafted a work a little in the tradition of Michael Moore- totally for the entertainment value, very funny a lot of times, some heart put in for good measure- though this time the politics of the main subjects are kept a little vague at times (though if you know who Steve Lonegan is outside of what's shown here you'll know what to expect). The film is sort of divided up among its three subjects- the Republican incumbent (Lonegan), the democratic hopeful (Fred Pesce), and the wild-card, who (like Lonegan oddly enough) is legally blind, Dave Musikant. We see how they're campaigns take off, how the cards are stacked against the under-dogs, but how they fight back by way of the people.

The Bogotians (also the name of the town newsletter, often with propaganda by Lonegan's campaign people) get to know the candidates they don't, and of course have initial frustration with the incumbent. There's some nasty humor from Lonegan's side, some aloof-ness by way of the pleasant but poorly navigated Pesce, and as a main component to the film, the quirky, bittersweet saga of Musikant as a write-in candidate with the odds very much against him. But that the film shows all three's trials and tribulations in the couple of months up to the election with such a variety and timing is rather remarkable. It's a little too slick for its own good at times, yet the people are the ones that come through, either by way of cheering them on, laughing at them (or with them even), and soaking up the small-town pathos (and believe you-me, Bogota is a small town).

I do recommend the film to people who may have never even been to the east coast much less New Jersey or Bogota, because the filmmaker(s) are smart in not showing too much (oddly enough I never quite figured out what Musikant's politics were, except against Lonegan's stalwart incompetence and Pesce's shortcomings). And at the same time, in some ways, the film is even more of a comedy (perhaps unintentionally, or not) than a serious look at an election cycle coming to a climax. For one who has been alongside the Bogotians all his life, this film holds even more resonance, and taken aside from that perspective, it's still quite a little nifty look at the slings and arrows of local NJ power. As it seems though, many may have to wait for DVD, if at all, as it only got the most limited release in New Jersey (oddly enough at the Teaneck movie theater, where Bogota residents could walk half a mile to see it)

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