By Sebastian DOGGART


Documentary - Post-Production 2009

Condi Rice -- the dark side of the Obama fairy tale

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 79 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sebastian DOGGART
    • Writer(s)
    • Sebastian DOGGART
    • Producer(s)
    • Jennifer LATHAM, Matthew WOOLF, Sebastian DOGGART (American Princess LLC)
    • Synopsis
    • American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi is a hard-hitting documentary about Condoleezza Rice, an extraordinary woman who rose out of segregated Alabama to become the most powerful woman in the world. Incisive and shocking, this is the first retrospective film on the Bush Administration. It paints a startling portrait of a woman who has changed our world but about whom most of us know very little. It overturns the popular misconception of Rice as a yes-woman to President Bush to reveal her as his chief confidante – with deeper and more enduring influence even than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Karl Rove – and thus responsible for much of the Bush legacy.
      Through the form of a political, biographical documentary, our prominent interviewees tell a Faustian story of a woman whose hubris tempted her into a pursuit of power that destroyed her core values, and hurtled America into a perilous new direction.
      This timely film reveals Rice’s tale as a fascinating version of the American Dream, a rise as spectacular as that of Barack Obama, but far darker. It follows her step-by step quest for power, starting at the age of ten, when, on a visit to the White House, she turned to her father and said, “Daddy, I'm barred out there because of the color of my skin, but one day I'll be in that house.”
      40 years later, Secretary of State Rice said, ‘I want to leave office without anyone knowing where I stand on any of the issues’. To thwart that, we have exclusive interviews with Rice’s three most authoritative biographers: Marcus Mabry, an editor at the New York Times and author of Twice As Good; Glenn Kessler, diplomatic correspondent at the Washington Post and author of The Confidante; and Antonia Felix, author of The Condoleezza Rice Story.
    • Production schedule
    • Development, Production and Post-production: American Princess LLC began developing the project in September 2005. We began five weeks of pre-production on October 1, 2007. We began shooting November 3, 2007, in New York for three days, then Alabama for five days, Denver for three days, Stanford for four days, LA for 2 days, back to NYC for four days, and then went for a month to Washington, DC. We wrapped principal photography in New York on December 15, 2007. Six further days of shooting took place in DC and New York in June 2008, and a further day in DC in March 2009. Digitizing and media organization began in NYC November 15, 2007. The actual edit of American Faust began in November 2008, with a first rough cut produced on January 31, 2009.
      This cut was screened by Amnesty International Stanford University on February 3, 2009, to coincide with Rice’s return to Stanford University. A second rough cut is due on April 20, 2009. A private screening will follow, with an invited audience invited to provide feedback to continue the process of improving the film.
      We paid, and continue to pay, careful attention to the workflow to ensure seamless cooperation between scripting, shooting, digitizing, offline and online editing, GFX and VFX, sound design, musical arrangement, color correction, and sound design and mixing.
      Festival Release: We have begun to apply to film festivals. We have submitted to, and are awaiting programming news from around 80 other festivals, including Silverdocs, Istanbul, Sheffield, Cannes, Venice, Edinburgh, Toronto, and European Film.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Nov 01, 2007
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