23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival



Anytown, USA (Emerging Filmmakers Competition)
2005 - USA - 90 Minutes

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DIRECTOR: Anytown, USA
CAST: Steve Lonegan, Fred Pesce and Dave Musikant

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 (whose sins include slashing the local high-school football team’s budget) 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. You will laugh because it hurts, and cry because it is all just too funny. -JH Kristian Fraga is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His senior thesis film, The Minds Eye, went on to play numerous festivals, and was picked up by Atom Films. Kristian is also the director of the award winning PBS Documentary The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking. He is also the author of the book Tim Burton: Interviews, which will be released in May.

PRODUCER: John L. Sikes & Michael Bridenstine & Juan Dominguez
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jonathan Wolff
EDITOR: Robert Greene, Sandy Patch
World Premiere
SPECIAL INFO: Producer John Sikes scheduled to attend!
PRINT SOURCE: Sirk Productions

Saturday, April 09 5pm Lagoon Cinema
Friday, April 15 7:30pm 2
Wednesday, April 20 5:30pm 2