Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
(90 min) USA
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Sunday 10/27, 5:45 PM (Session 33)

Director: Nicholas D. Wrathall
Producers: Nicholas D. Wrathall, Theodore James, Damon Martin


"Life is short but the art is long." -Gore Vidal. No twentieth-century figure has moved as easily and confidently and had a more profound effect in the worlds of literature, drama, film, politics, historical debate and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. He was a brilliant novelist, political essayist, literary critic, historian, scenarist, television pundit, political activist and candidate. As a raconteur, lecturer and platform performer, he is rivaled only by Mark Twain. His overview of the current state of the republic and the health of US democracy is unique and incisive. His return to America marks perhaps the last great stage in his creative career and the film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the twenty-first century. Vidal has run for Congress twice and on radio and TV; Vidal has continued to be a kind of statesmen-in exile, writing best-selling novels and commentary on the American socio-political scene. The film will incorporate TV clips of Vidal spanning some fifty years, from his historic encounters with William F. Buckley at the 1968 Democratic National Convention to his legendary interviews on Dick Cavett and David Susskind, to his present-day appearances on shows like Real Time with Bill Maher. Film is featuring interviews with Gore Vidal, Burr Steers, Christopher Hitchens, Jodie Evans, Tim Robbins, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sting, David Mamet, Bob Scheer, William F. Buckley, Jay Parini, Norman Mailer, Nina Straight and Dick Cavett


Nicholas Wrathall is an award-winning director and producer who has worked in the documentary and commercial fields for more than fifteen years. Nicholas made his first film while attending Sydney University. At twenty-two, he moved to New York where he began to make his way as an assistant director and producer for music videos and commercials shot around the world, including Madonna's Frozen, which won the 1998 MTV Award for Best Music Video. He has produced commercials for Sprint, Toyota, Fanta and Sony Bravia. He was first recognized for his documentary Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants, which was featured on PBS Independent Lens and won the 2000 Alfred I. duPont Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism. Recent work includes Endless Caravan, Haitian Eksperyans and The Modern Gulag.

Contact Information:

Amnesia Productions, Audax Films, SuperFilms
e: nicwrathall@yahoo.com
w: www.gorevidaldocumentary.com

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