Sawyer County

Doc Shorts: American Politics

114 minutes 5 Films

An anthology of shorts exploring the biggest issues in the United States today.
In this program
Beauty President

The Beauty President

Directed by
Whitney Skauge
2021
10 minutes
English
Terence Smith, who as drag queen Joan Jett Blakk made a historic bid for the White House in 1992 as one of the first openly queer write-in candidates, reflects back on his place in gay-rights history at the height of the AIDS crisis.
Meltdown Dixie

Meltdown in Dixie

Directed by
Emily Harrold
2021
40 minutes
English
In the wake of the 2015 Charleston Massacre, a battle erupts in Orangeburg, S.C., between the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and the owner of an ice-cream shop who is forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot.
Party Line

Party Line

Directed by
Lydia Cornett
2021
7 minutes
English
At the early-voting line in Ohio’s most populous county, civic duty is made public.
Sawyer County 2020

Sawyer County, 2020

Directed by
Nick Libbey & Zach Tomasovic
2021
25 minutes
English
The pulse of America is taken in Sawyer County, Wis., in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
Still Home

Still Home

Directed by
Keenan Wetzel
2020
32 minutes
English
The story of East Liverpool, Ohio, and how it went from a shining example of an American town to the center of the opioid epidemic.