2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Best of Enemies

Monday, March 16
3:30PM - 4:57PM

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave

Best of Enemies is a documentary about the storied debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr. Intended as commentary on the issues of their day, these vitriolic and explosive encounters came to define the modern era of public discourse in the media, marking the big bang moment of our contemporary media landscape when spectacle trumped content and argument replaced substance. Best of Enemies delves into the entangled biographies of these two great thinkers and luxuriates in the language and the theater of their debates, begging the question, "What has television done to the way we discuss politics in our democracy today?"

Section: Festival Favorites
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Runtime: 87min

Director: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon

Executive Producer: Julie Goldman, Clif Phillips

Producer: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon, Caryn Capotosto (Co-Producer)

Cinematographer: David Leonard

Editor: Aaron Wickenden & Eileen Meyer

Sound Designer: Pete Horner / Skywalker Sound

Music: Jonathan Kirkscey

Additional Credits: Assistant Editor: Lee Rosch

Principal Cast: Gore Vidal, Eric Alterman, Ginia Bellafante, Linda Bridges, Reid Buckley, Dick Cavett, Christopher Hitchens, Brooke Gladstone, Sam Tanenhaus, Matt Tyranauer


Morgan Neville is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker noted for 20 Feet From Stardom. His previous films include Troubadours and The Cool School. Robert Gordon is a writer and documentary filmmaker. His most recent work is his 6th book, Respect Yourself, about the civil rights movement and the Memphis-based soul music label Stax Records.

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures / Participant Media

Sales Agent: Josh Braun / Submarine

Public Film Contact
Caryn Capotosto
Tremolo Productions
(213) 413-9200

Publicity Contact
Arianne Rocchi



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