Saturday, September 18, 2004

Poughkeepsie Journal : Sayles screens film for free at drive-in

Politically-charged 'Silver City' previews in Hyde Park

By Matthew Razak
For the Poughkeepsie Journal

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Actor Chris Cooper portrays Dickie Pilager, the character based on George W. Bush in his first campaign for Texas governor, in "Silver City," the new film by director John Sayles.
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Director John Sayles will talk about his latest film, "Silver City," at the Hyde Park Drive-in Sunday.
President George W. Bush's handling of the country is being challenged by director John Sayles in his new film "Silver City."

But unlike filmmaker Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," Sayles' critique comes through political satire, not documentary.

A free screening of the film will be held Sunday at the Hyde Park Drive-in along with voter registration, a charitable raffle and music.

"Silver City" is a politically charged drama about a bumbling politician in Colorado, who is based on Bush and his campaign for Texas governor.

The idea behind screening the film, which opened in major cities Friday, is to generate buzz, which can be crucial to the distribution of an independent film, as Moore's controversial documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" demonstrated, said Lydia Binotto, who with Mark Reinhardt helped organize the Hyde Park screening. The Millbrook couple are long-time friends of Sayles, who lives in Dutchess County with his partner and producer Maggie Renzi.

Sayles, who was not available for an interview, will be on hand to introduce the film. In keeping with the film's political theme, the event will also feature appearances by candidates for local offices.


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