Best of Enemies: Spirit Award Screening of Best Documentary Nominee
Thursday, January 28, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
IFP Chicago members: Join us for a FREE members only screening of Spirit Awards Best Documentary nominee BEST OF ENEMIES.
Members may bring one guest to the screening.
Screening Location: Tribeca Flashpoint College (28 N Clark St, Ste. 500, Chicago, IL 60602)
In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley, Jr. was a leader of the new conservative movement. Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Their explosive exchanges devolved into vitriolic name-calling. It was unlike anything TV had ever broadcast, and all the more shocking because it was live and unscripted. Viewers were riveted. ABC News' ratings skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.