UnionDocs in Brooklyn and Berlin, DVDs, "Aftershock"

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"What better way to spend Election Night than watching classic campaign ads and a political documentary?" asks Mike Everleth, pointing us to a multi-part special program happening tonight in Brooklyn and co-presented by UnionDocs and Cinebeasts. Following "a smattering of classic campaign commercials, ranging from the Eisenhower days to the wealth of populist YouTube-targeted spots from this year's midterms" (so reads the program; see ten of the wackiest from this year's go-round here) and Brian Springer's 1995 documentary Spin (Video Data Bank: "Pirated satellite feeds revealing Us media personalities' contempt for their viewers come full circle"), there'll be a panel discussion featuring David Bushman, curator-in-chief of the Paley Center for Media, "News Dissector" Danny Schechter and playwright and screenwriter Beau Willimon, whose play Farragut North is currently being adapted as The Ides of March, with George Clooney directing Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood
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UnionDocs: Campaign Spots And Spin

Nov 2

6:30 p.m.


322 Union Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hosted by: Cinebeasts

What better way to spend Election Night than watching classic campaign ads and a political documentary? That is, what better way after you’ve actually gone out and voted. You’re going to vote, right? You better!

Plus, after tonight’s screenings, David Bushman of the Paley Center for Media and investigative reporter Danny Schechter will lead a panel discussion on the “evolution of political media language.”

As for the screenings, it seems that every year politician TV ads get more and more mean-spirited and deceptive. But, is that really the case?

UnionDocs and Cinebeasts have collected a treasure trove of classic campaign ads that reach all the way back to Eisenhower. Some of the better well-known ads that will screen are ’70s Coke commercials that featured Richard Nixon as a punchline and Ronald Reagan’s famous — or infamous,
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