SOLD OUT - CAMPAIGNING ON CELLULOID: How Cinema Informs and Reflects Changing Political Communication on Screen - Political Film Festival


Sky Room Café Tue, Jul 9 7:30 PM


Political Film Festival
CAMPAIGNING ON CELLULOID: How Cinema Informs and Reflects Changing Political Communication on Screen
A lecture with former Congressman Steve Israel
Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30pm

$16 Public | $10 Members

Join Steve Israel, former Congressman, owner of Theodore's Books, and director of the non-partisan Cornell University Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, as we kickoff our four-day Political Film Festival with a lively talk exploring the fascinating ways that American politics and Hollywood cinema have shaped each other, featuring campaign ads from Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Reagan; numerous clips from classic movies, including: Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonState of the UnionThe Last HurrahThe CandidateThe American PresidentPrimary Colors, and Swing Vote; and excerpts from hit television series House of Cards and Veep. Whether you’re a political junkie or a movie buff, this will be richly rewarding deep-dive into the complex relationship between politics and movies.


Former Congressman Steve Israel left Capitol Hill – unindicted and undefeated – to pursue a career as a writer. In addition to writing two critically acclaimed satires of Washington, he now owns Theodore's Books, an independent bookstore in Oyster Bay. He also heads the non-partisan Cornell University Institute of Politics and Global Affairswhere for several years he taught a course on "Politics, Media & Popular Culture." Israel was a Member of Congress for sixteen years. He left in 2017, having served as House Democrats chief political strategist between 2011-2015 as Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. President Bill Clinton called him “one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress.” Which, Israel states, isn’t really saying much at all. Israel is a frequent political commentator on MSNBC. His insights appear regularly in the New York TimesThe Atlantic Magazine, as well as The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. He was profiled on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and appeared on CBS’ Sixty Minutes.