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CNN, Ferguson cancel Hillary Clinton doc

Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson (pictured) is scrapping his planned CNN documentary on Hillary Clinton, citing a lack of cooperation from both major U.S. political parties.
September 30, 2013

Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson (pictured) is scrapping his planned CNN documentary on Hillary Clinton, citing a lack of cooperation from both major U.S. political parties.

The Inside Job director took to The Huffington Post this morning (September 30) to explain why he was pulling out of the film.

“When I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film,” Ferguson wrote.

“Not Democrats, not Republicans – and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration. Not even journalists who want access, which can easily be taken away.”

The filmmaker, who also directed No End in Sight, added that he also anticipated potential difficulty in licensing archival footage of Clinton from organizations such as Fox.

“After approaching well over a hundred people, only two persons who had ever dealt with Mrs. Clinton would agree to an on-camera interview, and I suspected that even they would back out,” Ferguson wrote.

“After painful reflection, I decided that I couldn’t make a film of which I would be proud. And so I’m cancelling.”

For its part, CNN has added that it will not replace Ferguson and will not be proceeding with the film.

The news comes after the U.S. news network announced in July that it had signed Ferguson to make a doc, with a theatrical premiere slated for 2014 and a TV premiere to follow on CNN.

The announcement was met with anger and derision by the U.S. Republican National Committee, which said it would boycott CNN from the 2016 Republican primaries if the film went ahead.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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