Bush's Brain is sure to be one of the most explosive documentaries about American politics in a decade. Based on the book of the same title by Wayne Kramer and James C. Moore, Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob turn a critical eye on White House political director Karl Rove and his relationship with President George W. Bush. The political marriage of these two men is one of the most unique in modern history. Rove's influence in the White House marks a transcendent moment in American politics: the rise of a consultant to a position of unprecedented power. The film traces Rove's roots in the College Republicans and in Texas politics, illuminating his behind-the-scenes machinations and his masterful way of driving perceptions. Interviews featured are from prominent politicians and journalists from around the country who have been touched by the Rove brand of politics. The filmmakers' suggestion that Rove's position in the White House is analogous to that of the Wizard of Oz, that he is this Administration's "man behind the curtain," is provocative and scary. In this pivotal election year, which has already been deemed the most contentious in recent memory, Bush's Brain is sure to generate buzz. Judge for yourself: Is Karl Rove the first co-president of the United States?
JOSEPH MEALEY's work as a cinematographer includes more than 20 documentaries for PBS, including Beyond the Moon with Walter Cronkite, A Hard Day's Night, and Frontline: "The Dallas Drug War." He has shot episodes of A & E's Biography and Bravo's Page to Screen. Other credits include Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice for Court TV, HBO's First Look, CBS' This Morning, Sixty Minutes II, and Intimate Portraits for Lifetime. A Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute, Joe was the DP on Shoob's Driven. MICHAEL PARADIES SHOOB wrote, produced and directed Driven, starring Tony Todd and Chad Lowe, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and won honorable mention for the jury prize at Slamdance. Driven was shown on KCET in Los Angeles as the first in a series called Opening Night: New American Film, as well as on Showtime and the Sundance Channel. Named as one of Screen International Magazine's "new directors to watch in North America," Shoob, a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute, has also directed In June at This Place, a documentary on a Quaker family living in Appalachia, and the 30-minute short, The Companion starring Delroy Lindo and Milo Addica.