Thomas for Prez in 08

Thomas Altheimer would love to see friends and enemies for a screening of his 52 mins film Europe For President at Alma Enterprises’ project space on November 4th in Glasshill Street, SE1 (no street number, signs in the small street will lead you to the venue). Altheimer will open the event at 7 pm with an ‘Act Of Concession’.

The film documents Altheimer’s attempt to launch a European candidate for president in the US (see pics and pitch below). It is produced by German, French and Austrian television and premières on French/German broadcaster on Nov 1st at 6 pm (see German press release: http://www.zdf.de/ZDFde/inhalt/28/0,1872,1404028_idDispatch:8094208,00.html).

Europe For President

Inspired by the spectacle staged in Berlin by still-citizen-Obama in July 2008, Thomas Altheimer, decides to not only stage a presidential campaign of his own in America but also to take the message to Barack Obama that Europe is not a part of his constituency.

At a casting session in LA Altheimer picks the beautiful Hannah Jefferson to front the Europe 2008 campaign. From LA the campaign sets out to capture the hearts and minds of Americans in small towns. But the real challenge quickly proves to be to capture the heart and mind of the candidate herself.

Disagreeing on pretty much everything, the culture-clashed Altheimer and Jefferson goes to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Altheimer to tell the delegates of the European alternative, Jefferson to take pictures. In the end Altheimer brings out a sign that sours the mood—not only of the convention but also of the Europe ’08 campaign.

[ed note: As a long term supporter of this campaign, I note here and here as moments of complicity with the electoral process – JH].

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About john hutnyk

Writer on culture, cities, diaspora, history, film, prisons, colonialism, education, Marxism. Studied and taught in Australia at Deakin and Melbourne Universities; and in the UK in Manchester University’s Institute for Creative and Cultural Research; before moving to Goldsmiths in 1998, and becoming Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies in 2004-2014. Has held visiting researcher posts in Germany at the South Asia Institute and Institute fur Ethnologie at Heidelberg University, and Visiting Professor posts in InterCultural Studies at Nagoya City University Japan, Zeppelin University and Hamburg University, Germany, Sociology at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey and at the Graduate institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Immediate past adjunct Professor of RMIT University, Melbourne and GIAN Visiting Professor Jadavpur Uni Kolkata.
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