Convention (2009)


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Filmmaker A.J. Schnack offers a behind-the-scenes look at the planning and hard work that goes into staging one of America's largest public political events in this documentary. Denver, CO, hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and Schnack invited a team of acclaimed documentary filmmakers -- including Steven Bognar, Daniel Junge, Laura Poitras, Julia Reichert, and Paul Taylor -- to help him capture the story going on backstage, with each filmmaker and their crew focusing on a different aspect of the event. In Convention, we follow various officials of the City of Denver, working overtime to anticipate anything that could go wrong or demand their attention; join a team of protestors demonstrating the convention with more good intentions than practical skill; look in on the press corps covering the proceedings, including the staff of The Denver Post and a young journalist who has been on the political beat for a mere six weeks; and follow the crew organizing and staging Barack Obama's much-anticipated nomination acceptance speech. Convention was an official selection at the 2009 Silverdocs Film Festival.


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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

What Convention sets out to do, it does with understated candor.

Jun 11, 2010 | Rating: 3/4

Some of this is awfully pedestrian, but there are moments of both high comedy and high drama.

Jun 4, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5

Cinéma vérité? More like cinéma banalité.

Jun 4, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Convention plays like 11 cameras in search of drama.

Jun 2, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The film's frustrating treatment is actually more like the local reporter who is shown struggling to stay in the loop.

Jun 1, 2010 | Full Review…

Ooh, will mayor's special assistant Chantal Unfug learn to ride a scooter? Will protestors spend less than half their time defending their right to protest?

Jul 6, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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