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Dark Horse Candidate

The complexity of father-daughter relationships is explored in this quirky documentary about a queer filmmaker and her constitutionalist father. Using her father's unofficial candidacy for President of the United States as a pretext for making a documentary about him, the filmmaker takes this opportunity to try to fill in the gaps of his life story as a way of making sense of, and coming to terms with, their tumultuous relationship. Humorous and heartfelt, the film unravels in unexpected ways, revealing legacies born of social class, mental illness, and parenting choices.

  • Liss Platt
    Somewhere Between Here and There, You Can't Get There From Here, 49 Days in Motion, Purse, Tongue in Chic
  • Liss Platt
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  • Liss Platt
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  • Liss Platt, L. Henry Platt
    Key Cast
  • Niklas Vollmer
    Director of Photography
    Reading the Water, Roughly Cut
  • Mary Feaster
    Original Music
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 19 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    32,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    HD Video, Super-8 film
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Equinox Women's Film Festival
    Palmer, Alaska
    March 25, 2016
  • 38th Big Muddy Film Festival
    Carbondale, IL
    February 26, 2016
    US Premiere
    Best Documentary Feature
  • 10th Annual Hamilton International Film Festival
    Hamilton, Ontario
    November 4, 2015
    Canadian Premiere
    Nominated for Best Documentary Feature
  • Hong Kong Art House Film Festival
    Hong Kong, China
    December 24, 2015
  • Cinema Systers Film Festival
    Paducah, Kentucky
    United States
    September 11, 2016
  • QFest, San Antonio
    San Antonio, Texas
    United States
    November 15, 2016
Director Biography - Liss Platt

Liss Platt is an independent filmmaker and multimedia artist. For over 20 years she has been making short experimental and auto-biographical films that explore issues of gender, identity, and personal history. Her work has screened at festivals internationally and at venues such as The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the British Film Institute in London, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. Dark Horse Candidate is her first feature documentary.

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