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In the spirit of such hit films as Primary Colors and The War Room, SEE HOW THEY RUN is the ultimate insider’s look at campaign politics. In 1999, celebrity Mayor Willie Brown ruled San Francisco and appeared to be a shoo-in for re-election to a second te
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See How They Run, a cunning documentary, captured an unusual mayoral campaign that turned expectations upside down. In 1999, San Francisco's colorful and boisterous Mayor Willie Brown ran for re-election against 12 candidates, but the election took a sudden turn when a new candidate--a city supervisor and gay stand-up comic named Tom Ammiano--ran a hugely popular write-in campaign. Absurdities abound: One of Brown's greatest weaknesses was the overwhelming prosperity that had come to San Francisco under his tenure, because it had radically driven up rents; because Ammiano was even more left-wing, the liberal Brown suddenly found himself teaming up with Republicans to build a winning coalition of votes. See How They Run skillfully takes full advantage of San Francisco's unique political perspectives and eccentric personalities, making this race fascinating and genuinely exciting. --Bret Fetzer
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