At the last election season's Pima County Republican Party fiesta, I remember watching a man and woman with a camera following former Tucson City Council candidate Lori Oien. I asked who they were and they said they were making a documentary. The documentary is called Election Year, and the trailer was just released. Sure enough, Oien is in it, as well as Tucson Unified School District governing board member Kristel Foster when she was running for school board.
The filmmakers description:
Set in the Wild West atmosphere of Arizona, where the ideological conflicts of America are at their most intense, ELECTION YEAR portrays the personal and political struggles of five ordinary Americans against the backdrop of the 2012 Presidential election.
A documentary collage of diverse perspectives, ELECTION YEAR demonstrates the impact of the national campaign issues on the real lives of its characters - a teacher running for her first political office, an unemployed Tea Party activist, a young squatter, an architectural designer struggling to recover from the real estate crisis, and a politically active mother preparing to launch her daughter into adulthood.
Inspired by the novels of John Dos Passos, ELECTION YEAR is the first installment of the USA Trilogy.
It was interesting watching them film at the election party, a party I've covered for years and in my liberal reporter biased views, I've actually enjoyed. There's always something — this last one being when we found self-described Democrat and TUSD school board members Mark Stegeman having a nosh downstairs at other GOP party happenings. That's Tucson for you, and a great example of politics at its best (or worst).
The documentary has a Facebook page, a website, and you can follow on Twitter.