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Free Historical Feature Film: Lessons from an American Primary

Will Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump learn THE LESSON for their 2016 Presidential campaigns?

Director Heath Eiden talks with Vermont Governor Howard DeanThis film is a gift to all people of any political conviction who want real change and are willing to concede that we really are all in this together.

This historic film captures what it is like for a young couple to chuck their corporate jobs in Manhattan and move to idyllic Stowe, Vermont for a new life and to raise a family.

Then, war breaks out and Director Heath Eiden sets out with his wife (Co-Executive Producer Sandra Ames) to see if Americans really do have a say in their democracy. The film asks, "is this any way to elect a President?"

Using the resources around him, the director hits the road to find out the truth and follows Vermont Governor Howard Dean's epic 2004 rise and fall as a grassroots-powered presidential candidate. Eiden decides to create his own media empire (and press credentials) and hits the road as his network's lone correspondent.

Director Heath Eiden talks with Patrick LeahyAs he knocks cameras across the country with big time media players, Eiden films everyone from grassroots foot soldiers to the big names of politics and media. The film serves as evidence of what happens to any outside-the-establishment challenges to the entrenched power of the two party political system Americans employ.

The lesson is timeless and truly is a free gift to you! However, it was also an expensive lesson in documentary film-making and we are open to any donation as small as it may be (just like a real grassroots campaign). More importantly, we are open to any work you may need done on your own projects, big or small.

Honestly, we just want people to watch the film and let us know - did you learn a lesson?

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Credits

Cast

St. Paul International Film FestivalDNC Chairman Governor Howard Dean , Martin Sheen, Al Franken, Senator Hillary Clinton/ D-NY, Senator John Edwards/D-NC, and wife Mary Edwards, Rep. Dick Gephardt/D-MS, Senator Tom Harkin/D-IA, Senator Edward Kennedy/D-MA, Senator John Kerry/D-MA, Senator Joe Lieberman/I-CT, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, Tucker Carlson and Chris Matthews  /MSNBC, Paul Begala, James Carville and Candy Crowley/CNN, Karl Cameron, Sean Hannity and Brit Hume /FOX, George Stephanopoulos/ ABC, Jonathon Alter and Howard Fineman/ Newsweek, David Gergen/US News, Katrina vanden Heuvel/The Nation, Craig Crawford/Roll Call, Tom Oliphant/ The Boston Globe, Joe Trippi/Dean Campaign Manager, Terry McAuliffe, Alexandra Pelosi/filmmaker, Biff Henderson/David Letterman Show, General Wesley Clark, Reverend Al Sharpton, Huma Abedin/Hillary Clinton Aide

Participants

Thanks to:

  • Adam Barthel
  • Alan Kucharski
  • Caroline DiCarlo
  • Carroll N. Jones Jr.
  • Charles Smith
  • Chris Demars
  • Ian Corbin
  • Kristen Vermilyea
  • Larry Patterson
  • Leonard Eiden
  • Michael Oat
  • Ray Seaman
  • Walter Ludwig

Special Thanks to:

  • Al Hilde Jr.
  • Brett R. Johnson
  • Dan Wardell
  • Dick Bancroft
  • E. Daniel Eckberg
  • Judy C. Stern
  • Linda Kadue
  • Richard Kadue
  • Sayre Wardell
  • Steven Debrovner
  • Ted Mondale
  • Ted Yates Jr.
  • The people of Morristown, Stowe, and all of Vermont

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