Director: Nicholas Wrathall
USA, 2013, 89 mins.
Part of our 3rd Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival
No 20th century figure has had a more profound effect on literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, this film is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism. Commentary by those who knew him best blends with footage from Vidal's legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time. Gore Vidal's professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters. This film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the 21st century, his overview of the current state of the Republic, and the health of US democracy.
Film sponsors: Charles Freeman and Gina Caruso
"For sheer entertainment value, few docs can equal Gore Vidal the United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, a portrait of the novelist, playwright, polemicist, public intellectual." - Huffington Post
"Highly entertaining...a fine memorial to one of 20th-century America's most brilliant, original - and cranky - thinkers" - Variety
"Gore was 'an engagingly brilliant and funny provocateur....the film, which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, should enjoy healthy specialized theatrical bookings before a long life in ancillary." - The Hollywood Reporter
Kate Drabinski, Lecturer, Gender and Women's Studies and Director, WILL Program University of Maryland, Baltimore County will be introducing the film (Gore Vidal) and be available for a Q&A afterwards.
Tribeca Film Festival, 2013, Official Selection
Philadelphia Q Fest, 2013, Official Selection
OutFest, Official Selection
New Zealand International Film Festival, 2013
Melbourne International Film Festival, 2013
Portland Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Official Selection