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Cutler makes reality political

Tapping into voter apathy in the U.S., filmmaker R.J. Cutler is teaming up with New York-based Showtime Networks for a summer launch of a 10-episode political competition series titled The American Candidate. Described as 'Survivor meets The
March 1, 2004

Tapping into voter apathy in the U.S., filmmaker R.J. Cutler is teaming up with New York-based Showtime Networks for a summer launch of a 10-episode political competition series titled The American Candidate. Described as ‘Survivor meets The
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‘, the reality show will round up 12 potential American politicos who will be narrowed down by viewers to one candidate who could conceivably run for the presidency.

Cutler, the filmmaker behind the pbs series American High and producer of the Oscar-winning The War Room, says the show, which will air during the actual presidential race, examines the relationship between TV and the selection of political leaders. ‘A lot of [reality shows] are completely mindless, but the genre is perfectly capable of exploring thoughtful issues,’ says Cutler. ‘This show will explore ‘Is this really the best we could do?’ to see if there are people out there who wouldn’t otherwise have entered the political fray, but who could emerge as viable national leaders.’ KV

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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