Thursday, April 20, 2017

Documentary featuring New Hampshire Presidential Primary to screen at Red River Theatres

Spreading the word of this theatrical run at Red River Theatres. Kevin Bowe was a panelist on the "Political Filmmaking in New Hampshire" panel that we presented at the 2016 New Hampshire Film Festival. Read Kevin's full press release below and check out his film.

Contact: Kevin Bowe
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New Hampshire Presidential Primary Featured in Documentary About Broken Political Information System

New Hampshire Premiere Run Begins April 28th at Red River Theatres in Concord

A documentary movie, Democracy Through the Looking Glass: Media & Politics in the Post-Truth Era, that was filmed during the 2016 New Hampshire Primary is making its local premiere starting April, 28th at the Red River Theatres in Concord, N.H.

“The movie is about our broken political information system and there is no better place to document the interactions of the media, politicians and voters than in the New Hampshire Primary,” said director Kevin Bowe.

“One thing that unites Americans of all political stripes is their dissatisfaction with the media, yet that subject does not get close scrutiny because the media does not cover the media. I did,” Bowe explained.

While the movie’s message is aimed at a national audience, New Hampshire residents will recognize many of the film’s setting and the personalities featured.

Bowe spent nine months embedded with the media covering more than one hundred campaign event and press conferences.  He supplemented his field recordings with expert analysis from veteran CBS Journalist Bob Schieffer, Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory, University of New Hampshire Professor Andrew Smith and others.

“The Primary is a great laboratory to observe what the media decides is news based on how they cover the candidates and events. There certainly is a media bias, but not the kind most people think exists.” Bowe said.

The movie first looks at the shortcomings of traditional media practices that often do not reflect the interests and concerns of voters, before examining the challenges that newspapers and other traditional media outlets face due to technology.

“It isn’t just the technology threatening traditional media like newspapers. Technology is also changing the way we, the consumer, receive and react to news. This in turn impacts how media companies market the news for the ‘anywhere, anytime, anybody' world,” Bowe said.

Equally significant is that technology allows for new, fragmented sources of information.  People are flocking to sites like “InfoWars” on the right and “YoungTurks” on the left, without making the distinction between what is propaganda and what is verifiable truth.

According to Bowe, ultimately the movie is about the natural, but destructive, changes that technology is having on our media, politics and society and the implications for our Democracy.

Democracy Through the Looking Glass starts on April 28, 2017 at the Red River Theaters, 11 S. Main Street, Concord, NH and is scheduled to run for one week.