Big Sky Doc 2017
Workers Unite, Mumbai, Sun Valley
A former Catholic priest makes a bid for the US Senate in Wyoming.
Charlie Hardy is an unlikely politician. Beyond his background in the priesthood, he’s fairly quiet and unassuming, and, more to the point, he’s a Democrat in the historically Republican state of Wyoming. Lindsay’s film tracks Hardy’s 2014 campaign, as he faces off against incumbent Mike Enzi, who has served in the role since 1997. Hardy traverses the whole of the state, speaking out against dark money in politics, noting that the vast majority of Enzi’s campaign financing comes from outside the state and from large corporate interests, chiefly the coal industry. As denoted by the film’s quixotic title, Hardy has an uphill battle – he insists on individual donations from within Wyoming only, so he has no hope of placing any media ads, and his is a decidedly grassroots campaign, with a skeleton crew of supporters. As with any campaign documentaries in an age of instantly searchable results, the point of this scrappy film is not so much who wins but the insight it provides into how challenging the electoral process actually is post-Citizens United.