The Naked Campaign, an animated documentary “take” on the 2008 presidential race
“As a project, the Naked Campaign demonstrates that all the tools of drawing, painting, writing, and filmmaking can be utilized to create a distinct point of view. Subjects, in this case politics, can be informed withoriginality, humor, serious candor and an enlarged palette. So, this is neither documentary, nor news, nor satire, nor glib commentary, but art in its most democratic application, woven into the contemporary and current
dialogue with both prescience and smarts and something, which we hope says,
'made ya'look!' --Gail Levin on the Naked Campaign
Steve Brodner has been a satiric illustrator for 35 years. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1954, graduated Cooper Union in 1976, he got a cartooning job on a small newspaper, The Hudson Dispatch, in Union City, New Jersey. In 1977 The New York Times Book Review began tapping him for illustration assignments. This launched his freelance career. In 1979-82 he published his own journal, The New York Illustrated News. In 1981 he became a regular contributor to Harper's magazine with the monthly feature, 'Ars Politica'. In the 1980's more magazines asked him to contribute regularly. These included the National Lampoon, Sports Illustrated, Playboy and Spy. In 1988 Esquire brought him in as an unofficial house artist. It was there that he did portrait caricature, art journalism and a back-page political cartoon, 'Adversaria'. His caricatures of pop and political culture have appeared in every major publication in the United States.
Gail Levin is a seven-time EMMY award winning producer/director of both television and film. Her projects have included documentary films, independent films, original children’s programming, network specials, and collaborations with theatre and performance artists. Her work has encompassed the glittering, hip world of celebrity and pop culture, and has run the gamut from politics and public issues to sports, from finance to fashion. She has worked with an array of artists including Cher , Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul McCartney , Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin -- Whoopi Goldberg , Joni Mitchell, Tom Stoppard, Franco Zeffirelli, Lou Reed and Robert Wilson, to name a few. And, aside from the personalities, there have been the thinkers and doers of our time – George McGovern, John Lewis and Julian Bond, Archibald Cox, Seamus Heaney, “Red” Auerbach. She has produced and directed films on and for prestigious arts institutions as well, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, the Guggenheim. Throughout all of these projects, Gail has created a style that is intimate and elegant, informative and comprehensive.
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