Monday, October 5

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Best of Enemies


The DocYard presents BEST OF ENEMIES

Director Robert Gordon will attend in person for Q&A.

Details: 2015, USA, 88 min
Director: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
Synopsis: In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.

Directed with consummate skill by filmmakers Robert Gordon and Academy Award-winning Sundance Film Festival alum Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), BEST OF ENEMIES unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today.

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in US Documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

BEST OF ENEMIES: Official Site | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

“Fascinating, supremely well-judged and unexpectedly touching.” – Time Out New York

The DocYard presents THE REAGAN SHORTS

The Reagan Shorts

Prior to this feature screening, the DocYard will theatrically present a selection from THE REAGAN SHORTS, an ever-growing collection of short films about small but revealingly awkward moments from President Reagan’s years in office (ceremonies, presentations, and interviews that wander off-script).

Tonight’s featured short film is MARYLAND PUBLIC TELEVISION INTERVIEWS THE REAGANS (4 min, 2014).

Director – Pacho Velez
Producer – Sierra Pettengill
Editor – Daniel Garber

Filmmakers in attendance!

About The DocYard:

For decades, Boston has been a center for documentary filmmaking. It is a place where students come to learn and experiment, where some of documentary’s giants are teaching and creating new work, and where the craft is continuously nurtured and expanded. Today’s filmmakers are breaking new ground that has its foundation, more often than not, in Boston’s rich documentary legacy.

Celebrating what is innovative, interesting, and inspiring in documentary, The DocYard is a bi-weekly film and discussion series that takes place every other Monday. Their goal is to grow a vibrant, creative community for Boston’s filmmakers, film students and film lovers through each of these special events.

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  • Monday 10/5 at 7:00 PM

Tickets $11 General Public, $9 Members & Students; Brattle passes not accepted.