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Anytown, USA (2005)

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.

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All politics is local in this hilarious burlesque of a documentary following a tightly-run mayoral race in the small town of Bogota, New Jersey. When the much-reviled--and legally blind--Republican incumbent Steven Lonegan boldly announces he will run for re-election, the citizens of Bogota go on the offensive to unseat him. Enter Democrat Fred Pesce, coaxed from retirement to share the ticket. With his health in question, and his politics compared to those of Tony Soprano, the field is wide open for sight-challenged town booster and former local football hero Dave Musikant to step in as a long-shot write-in independent candidate--officially making it the only mayoral race in the nation where two of the three candidates are legally blind! Add to the mix the machinations of Jesse "The Body" Ventura's campaign manager, and Anytown USA resonates as an all-too-familiar look at the charade of partisan politics in our increasingly polarized nation. Written by Jamie Hook

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18 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a great little film. Should win even more awards.I'm not sure if I have ever seen a film that delivers just what it promises, but this doc may be close. The film has humor, pathos, tragedy and suspense. What more could you ask? I'm not a film-maker, but the art of a film such as this must be in the editing and photography, the production skills. With no script,and the "actors" not taking direction, the story has to be carved out of single block of granite. If you miss a shot, a scene that changes or adds to the story, you have no way to get it back. You get whatever you get and there ain't no more.I found myself beginning to take sides in this political war and angry at some of the characters. I really didn't expect to be this engrossed. I'm an author (Nam-A-Rama) and I can't quite imagine being given the scenes, the characters, and the words and told to 'make a good story out of this.' I hope these guys go on to make more and bigger films.


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