Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
|Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story|
|Directed by||Stefan Forbes|
|Produced by||Stefan Forbes, Noland Walker|
|Distributed by||Interpositive Media LLC|
|September 26, 2008|
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story is a 2008 U.S. documentary on the campaign tactics used by Lee Atwater, while working on George H. W. Bush's 1988 presidential election campaign, and how those tactics have transformed presidential campaigns in the United States.
In an independent release from InterPositive Media, the film was a Critic's Pick in both The New York Times and The Washington Post, screened at the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, played 40 American cities in the fall of 2008 and was number seven in nationwide per-screen average the weekend of its release.
Using extensive interviews with colleagues, opponents and friends and archive footage, the film follows the principal's career culminating in the defining Bush '88 Presidential campaign and its aftermath.
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The film won the national Edward R. Murrow Award, a 2009 Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Chris Award at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival. It was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Theatrical Documentary. Director Stefan Forbes received the Emerging Filmmaker Award from the International Documentary Association. Conservatives have criticized the film for what they say is left-wing bias.
- Jeffrey Ressner (June 24, 2008). "Atwater doc makes conservatives groan". Politico. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
- "Dirty Tricks: The Man Who Got the Bushes Elected". Storyville. BBC. 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- Official website
- Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story on IMDb
- Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story at Film-Forward.com
- Documentary on Frontline
- A review of the documentary by Joe Conason in The New York Observer
- A review of the documentary by Roger Ebert
- Interviews with film director Stefan Forbes