Lee Atwater: Godfather of the Modern Negative Political Campaign.

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Screening September 26 through November 2, 2008 in independent cinemas and film festivals around the country. Check here for more info.

The Washington Times #1 Can”™t Miss Pick!

Produced and Directed by Stefan Forbes
Produced by Noland Walker

Featuring Ed Rollins, Michael Dukakis, Tucker Eskew, Howard Fineman, Mary Matalin, Sam Donaldson and others

“Can you understand American politics if you don’t understand
Lee Atwater? I believe not.” – Tucker Eskew, Senior McCain/Palin Advisor

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story is a comprehensive look at Lee Atwater, the blues-playing rogue whose rambunctious rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a household name. He mentored Karl Rove and George W. Bush and played a crucial role in the elections of Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He wrote the Republican Party”™s winning playbook which the McCain campaign is currently using.

In eye-opening interviews with Atwater’s closest friends and enemies, Boogie Man re-examines Atwater”™s crucial role in the remaking of the Republican Party. To Democrats offended by his cutthroat style (to say nothing of the 1988 Willie Horton controversy), Atwater was a political assassin dubbed by one Congresswoman “the most evil man in America.” But to most Republicans he remains a hero for his deep understanding of the American heartland, his expert manipulation of the media, and his unapologetic vision of politics as war. Director Stefan Forbes offers a timely documentary for this election year as he examines the charming yet Machiavellian godfather of the modern negative political campaign.