UNH Hosts Premier Screening Of Documentary About 2004 Democratic Presidential Primary

Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations

Oct. 19, 2004

Editors: James Tucker can be reached by e-mail at jetucker@cisunix.unh.edu.

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire’s Center for the Humanities Documentary Film Series will host the premier screening of "The Nice Man Cometh," a film that provides a unique look at the 2004 Democratic Presidential Primary, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at 7 p.m. in Theater I of the Memorial Union Building. The screening, with a discussion to follow, is free and open to the public.

As the final week of frenzied campaigning gets underway, the screening and discussion with filmmaker James Tucker, associate professor of sociology at UNH, and the star, Lothar Patten, will provide an opportunity for pause and reflection about America’s political priorities as the candidates pace themselves through the campaign-trail rigors.

"The Nice Man Cometh" focuses on Patten, a formerly homeless man with the “gift of gab and a heart of gold” as he follows eight Democratic presidential candidates from the summer of 2003 through the New Hampshire primary. Along the way, Patten asks the candidates about homelessness and a variety of other issues. Lothar connects with several candidates and eventually chooses the one person he thinks most deserves to live in the White House.

The film also features John Kerry, John Edwards, Dick Gephardt, Joe Lieberman, Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, Dennis Kucinich, Carol Moseley-Braun, Ralph Nader, Al Sharpton, James Carville, George Stephanoupolis, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

For more information contact Jennifer Beard at (603) 862-4356 or jennifer.beard@unh.edu.