Tuesday, March 4 @ Frame Arts Warehouse (318 1/2 Ross St.)
Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30, $7
Open City Cinema is excited to present Penny Lane and Brian L. Frye’s new feature length documentary OUR NIXON, on Tuesday March 4th at Frame Arts Warehouse.
Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they’d all be in prison.
This unique and personal visual record, created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away at the National Archives, and forgotten for almost 40 years.
OUR NIXON is an all-archival documentary presenting those home movies for the first time, along with other rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before.
OUR NIXON will be preceded by two found-footage short films, by Laura Mackin and Brian L. Frye
DOORS @ 7:00
SHOW @ 7:30
bring all yr friends !
”.. the real power of Our Nixon is its poignant insight into how the impeachable situation unfolded within the president’s inner circle and how it affected the careers and personal relationships of Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Chapin. One phone call featured late in the film between Haldeman and his former boss right after the chief of staff was fired is particularly shocking for Nixon’s hubris.”
- AnnLee Ellison, Paste Magazine
"At the same time, this excellent documentary prompts more questions than it answers, including the one presented by its title. Whose Nixon might these movies reveal, as he performs for television and other cameras, makes speeches, waves from podiums, stands and smiles alongside Pat or dances at Tricia’s wedding? .. The movie is, more than anything else, about the limits of possession, of knowledge, of trust and truth."
- Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters