The Camden International Film Festival and the downtown Camden Opera House will screen D.A. Pennebaker’s award-winning film “The War Room” Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. as part of the CIFF Selects program. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased day-of-show at the Camden Opera House box office.

Produced in 1993, “The War Room” was nominated for an Academy Award; and won Best Documentary at the National Board of Review. Its title was the name for Bill Clinton’s campaign center in Little Rock, Ark. Although the press wasn’t usually permitted inside this small warren of chaos, filmmakers Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus managed to secure partial access and shot nearly 35 hours of footage there.

At the center of “The War Room” are the two men who guided Clinton’s ship from the beginning: James Carville, the fiery, charismatic, expletive-spewing Cajun who manages the campaign with a mixture of Southern charm and unrelenting passion; and George Stephanopoulos, the brilliant, handsome Rhodes Scholar who, as communications director, calmly but surely mobilizes his staff to take the presidency.

“It seems fitting in this election year to share one of the most important political films in the history of the moving image,” said CIFF Founder Ben Fowlie. “The access given to document such a pivotal moment in our country’s past cements this films significance, and is a reminder of just how powerful nonfiction storytelling can be.”

CIFF Selects and the Camden International Film Festival are programs of the Points North Institute, a recently established organization that builds a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub where stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born and the future of nonfiction media is shaped. The final CIFF Selects title of 2016 will be announced in two weeks and screened Aug. 18.

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