Running With Beto

Audience Award ~ Documentary Spotlight
South by Southwest
It's not always a flattering portrait of the rising political star, but it's a deeply fascinating look at O'Rourke's persistence and perfectionism.


Running With Beto

This behind-the-scenes documentary follows Beto O'Rourke's rise from virtual unknown to national political sensation through his bold attempt to unseat Ted Cruz in the US Senate. Embedded with Beto for the final twelve months of his campaign, the film follows his journey in real time through intimate access to O'Rourke, his family, and a team of political newcomers who champion a new way of getting to know a candidate -- one Texas county at a time. The film reveals the challenges and triumphs of an unconventional campaign as Beto navigates an onslaught of negative advertising, inevitable strain on his family, and the pressure of delivering for legions of supporters. This film is creatively and financially independent from Beto O'Rourke and his campaign.

"Modigliani manages to create so much narrative tension that you start to wonder if this young, energetic, inspiring candidate might be able to pull it off in the end." ~ Matt Wilstein, The Daily Beast
Not Rated
Documentary, Politics
David Modigliani
Winner, Audience Award ~ Documentary Spotlight, South by Southwest
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Is it really that surprising that Beto O'Rourke nearly ascended to one of Texas' U.S. Senate seats in 2018? Sure, no Democrat had won a stateside race here for a quarter-century. But rarely had such a sincere and upbeat candidate been pitted against someone as clearly villainous as Ted Cruz, who is ...

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