Convention

By mattdentler | Matt Dentler's Blog June 2, 2010 at 4:01AM

Convention
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If you're a political junkie and/or a fan of ensemble stories, you will dig the hell out of the new documentary, Convention. An epic nonfiction portrait of Denver during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the project was filmed by a great group of documentarians, including Laura Poitras (The Oath), Daniel Junge (They Killed Sister Dorothy), Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert (A Lion in the House), and more. The final feature film's director is AJ Schnack, acclaimed filmmaker (Kurt Cobain About a Son) and documentary champion. Convention follows different characters and different perspectives during the week of the DNC, as the entire city of Denver is turned upside-down to make way for the man who would become our next President. However, this film is not about Barack Obama; it's about the politics of demonstration, whether it's an arena-sized spectacle or a sidewalk protest. And the film follows various aspects of the local experience, from the newspaper reporters to the police to the city officials. Convention is currently available on your "Movies On Demand" channel, courtesy of IFC Films, or you can see it at Manhattan's IFC Center starting this weekend. Here's the trailer: