37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

The Front Runner

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The Front Runner

Gary Hart, the charming U.S Senator from Colorado, was considered the frontrunner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was blindsided by scandal of an extramarital affair. The implosion of his bid for the presidency was unprecedented in American political coverage; after the Watergate scandal, the press had completely re-oriented its approach to covering the private lives of candidates, and Hart and his campaign staff experienced this new role of the media full-force. Hart’s fall from grace acts as a case study, examining the origins of the fraught relationship between press and President that pervades U.S. politics to this day.

Presented by The AV Company and Harvest Moon Catering


Sunday, November 4


7:30 PM


The Paramount Theater

Film Info

Director: Jason Reitman.

Runtime: 113 min.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2018

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Vera Farmiga, Hugh Jackman, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Jenna Kanell, J.K. Simmons.