Hollywood’s Conservative Film Makers Set To “Take Down” Hillary Clinton
Hillary and Bill Clinton are in for a rough time as a host of Hollywood documentary film makers have taken aim at the power couple and their works are set for released in the coming months.
There are 8 films being released in the coming months in the theaters and online streaming services with unflattering storylines about the Democrats’ presumptive nominee.
The 1st, which hits YouTube Thursday, uses actors to re-enact Hillary Clinton’s deposition about the e-Mail scandal that has circled her candidacy.
Larger projects include one directed by political documentary film maker Dinesh D’Souza, another based on best-selling author Peter Schweizer’s book that follows the Clinton money trail and one sponsored by conservative non-profit group Citizens United.
The film makers are tapping into the action surrounding what may turn out to be most contentious presidential election in memory.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each have detractors. So there is an audience.
“We’re gearing up for a big movie and a crazy election,” says Mr. D’Souza, who’s 2016: Obama’s America was ranked among the most successful political documentaries in history.
The defenders of Hillary and Dems have dubbed Mr. D’Souza a conservative conspiracy theorist.
But, they cannot and will not influence the slate of anti-Hillary films on tap for release beginning this week.
Notably, when Hillary Clinton adviser Cheryl Mills was deposed in a lawsuit related to the former Secretary of State’s e-Mail scandal, she used some version of “I don’t recall” or “I don’t know” 189 times, and her lawyers objected to some 200 questions.
Americans may never see the actual testimony because the judge suppressed the video.
But look on YouTube, Facebook and elsewhere for Deposition and audiences can at least see actors reenacting the deposition.
The short is considered “verbatim theater,” meaning filmmaker Phelim McAleer’s script is a shortened version of actual testimony made public by courts.
Mr. McAleer is a journalist-turned film maker whose work includes conservative environmental documentaries.
“The original deposition was six hours, so we had to shorten it to make it palatable, but we did not do a Katie Couric on it,” Mr. McAleer says, invoking a controversy whereby Ms. Couric apologized for manipulating a scene in her recent documentary, Under the Gun.
The biggest-budgeted of the films targeting Ms. Clinton is Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, written and directed by D’Souza and executive produced by Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park and other blockbusters.
The production cost was $5-M and another $5-M will be spent on P&A (prints and advertising). A controversial trailer featuring images of Ms. Clinton and the Ku Klux Klan has been viewed nearly 2-M times.
“They like to say racism is/was the fault of Republicans. That is pure bullshit, excuse me you can tell I get emotional about this,” Mr. Molen said after the trailer caused a stir online. “Students know nothing about history, nothing about America. They do not know 600,000 people died in the Civil War, most of them trying to protect Black Americans from Democrats who supported slavery.”
The plan is for Hillary’s America to premiere in Los Angeles on 11 July and again on 17 July in Cleveland, Ohio, a day before the Republican National Convention kicks off.
Mr. D’Souza says it is too early to announce who’s distributing the film, though insiders say it’s likely to be Quality Flix, an offshoot of Pure Flix, known best for its distribution of the 2 God’s Not Dead films.
Hillary’s America is set to open wide on as many as 1,600 screens on 22 July.
Mr. Schweizer’s Clinton Cash, was produced by Stephen Bannon, a former investment banker who made a fortune as a partial owner of shows like Seinfeld and now is Executive Chairman of Breitbart News.
ARC Entertainment is distributing the 1-hour documentary, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and will premiere at a venue near the Democratic National Convention, which runs 25-28 July in Philadelphia. Clinton Cash gets a limited domestic theatrical release on 1 August, then it will quickly move to TV and digital distribution in time for the general election 3 months later.
Mr. Bannon said, “We’re not going to screw around with it. We want it out there.”