Best of Enemies

Join Indievents, Gigastrand International, and Club David, Monday, September 21st, for the South Dakota Premiere of Best of Enemies.

Best of Enemies made its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and was a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize. Since the premiere, Best of Enemies has gone on to play several film festivals including SXSW, DocFest, and Outfest, and received wide critical acclaim.

In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, 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. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult--their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.

Directed with consummate skill by filmmakers Robert Gordon and Academy Award-winning Sundance Film Festival alum Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today.

"If you like witty repartee among intellectuals, it's hard to see how you could have more fun than watching this movie. Highly entertaining." - Jordan Crucchiola, Wired

"TREMENDOUSLY ENTERTAINING. It's rare that we get to see a specific moment in time that could be the origin of much of our current reality." - Russ Fischer, Slash Film

"WICKEDLY ENTERTAINING. The directors avoid picking sides and instead enjoy the show." - Kyle Smith, New York Post

"Media history geeks, Christmas is about to come early. Makes a compelling case that modern TV news -- i.e. the victory of volume and rage over civilized discourse -- starts here." - David Fear, Rolling Stone

"HILARIOUS AND THRILLING. Chock-full of one-liners and bon mots that would make any stand-up comedian green with envy." - Kristin McCrakcken, The Huffington Post

The screening will be held at Club David in Sioux Falls on Monday, September 21, 2015, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets at Club David, Zandbroz, The Last Stop CD Shop, or online at EventBrite (click button below).

This documentary is being co-sponsored by Gigastrand International. Please take time to check them out at: http://www.gigastrand.com/