Charles Booker rode to the brink of one of the biggest upsets in political history. The documentary follows his campaign across Kentucky from the most urban to the most rural settings. Booker and his team rewrite the campaign playbook. They lean into the charge that average Kentuckians have common bonds, a unifying day-to-day struggle. That struggle is color blind. Booker fights to represent Kentuckians that feel invisible. His message is simple whether you are from the city “Hood,” or the Appalachian “Holler,” you are not invisible.
Director Biography – Pat McGee
In early 2020, Pat McGee directed and produced the feature documentary Bernie Blackout for Vice. The documentary chronicled the behind-the-scenes marriage of politics and media during the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign. Pat followed up Bernie Blackout with a feature on Charles Booker of Kentucky, one of the rising stars of the progressive political movement. Scheduled for release in 2022, Deadline’s Peter White writes, “It has echoes of the Bill Clinton doc The War Room and the AOC film Knock Down the House.”
Other documentary feature credits include The Deported featuring Rosario Dawson, for which Pat received the 2019 Flickers’ International Humanitarian Award. In 2020, he was named “Best Director” at the Catalina Film Festival. The Deported trailer alone has garnered over 38 million views, adding to a politically charged debate.
In 2018, Vice TV launched the original Pat McGee produced and directed series Dopesick Nation, a 10 part documentary series about the opioid epidemic in Florida. Pat’s original feature documentary American Relapse, based on the Vice TV series, won feature documentary honors at film festivals across the country. American Relapse enjoyed a theatrical release in Los Angeles and New York. Critically received, American Relapse qualified as an Oscar contender and has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating.