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HBO Backs Martin Scorsese's Official Bill Clinton Documentary

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 17, 2012 at 1:13PM

Martin Scorsese is jumping tino the current appetite for presidential profiles. In this case the director and HBO are partnering on an official documentary of the 42nd president of the U.S., Bill Clinton. This doc will be Scorsese’s fourth collaboration with HBO
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton

Martin Scorsese is jumping onto the presidential profile bandwagon. The director and HBO are partnering on an official documentary of the 42nd president of the U.S., Bill Clinton, whose popularity has soared since his grandstanding speech at the Democratic National Convention. Clinton is cooperating on the doc, which will "explore his perspectives on history, politics, culture and the world," stated HBO in a release. His wife Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, is expected to run for president.

Scorsese is directing and producing with Steve Bing. This doc will be Scorsese’s fourth collaboration with HBO; he also directed the documentaries “Public Speaking” (2010), “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” (2011), as well as executive producing the hit series “Boardwalk Empire,” which won a directing  Emmy last year. Scorsese stated:

“A towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues, President Clinton continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world,” observed Scorsese. “Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure.”

Clinton stated:

“I am pleased that legendary director Martin Scorsese and HBO have agreed to do this film,” said President Clinton. “I look forward to sharing my perspective on my years as President, and my work in the years since, with HBO's audience.”

Martin Scorsese

More background:

William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, served as 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001, leading the U.S. to one of the longest economic expansions in American history. After leaving the White House, he established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. To date, more than 2,100 Clinton Global Initiative commitments have improved the lives of 400 million people in 180 nations. President Clinton was born Aug. 19, 1946, in Hope, Ark. He and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, have a daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, NY.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.