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After decades of quiet living, 89 year-old former senator Mike Gravel comes out of retirement when a group of teenagers convince him to run for president. Through Senator Gravel's official Twitter account, the Gravel teens embark on an unlikely adventure to qualify him for the Democratic debates in order to advance an anti-war, anti-corruption, and direct democracy agenda in the 2020 presidential race.

Programmer Notes:

This isn't about an underdog trying to win an election. It's about how the next generation understands democracy, engages in politics and influences ordinary people with passion, humor and honesty. The dynamic bond between Mike Gravel and the teens is amazing.

About the Director:

For over a decade, Skye has been deeply immersed in the worlds of documentary, journalism, and activism. He spent several years filming with scientists and activists at more than 20 water-related disasters across the United States. Skye worked closely with Mark Ruffalo on this project, leading video and short documentary production for his organization Water Defense for 3 years. Skye's work helped to expose multiple water pollution scandals that had been covered up, including EXXON's poisoning of Lake Conway in Arkansas and millions of organic crops being watered with oil-contaminated water sold to farmers by Chevron, the latter of which resulted in front page coverage in the Los Angeles Times.

American Gadfly is sponsored by First Interstate Bank

  • Runtime
    95 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Central Oregon Premiere (South of Portland and east of the Cascades)
  • Director
    Skye Wallin
  • Producer
    Jeff Hammer