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Citizen Sam

Sam is running for mayor. Sam Sullivan was a local curiosity, the quadriplegic city councillor in a pinstripe suit, with a pipe dream of leading his shattered right-wing party back to power. Citizen Sam goes deep inside Sullivan's mayoral campaign to tell the remarkable story behind his rise from obscurity. As the campaign begins, Sullivan admits to giving addicts money to buy crack and heroin. His opponents call him a do-nothing politician and a nut. The media write him off while everyone tiptoes around the issue of his disability. 6 am. Sam is back on the phone, going over the day's schedule while he reverses the previous night's routine, into fresh clothes and then a precarious move from bed to chair. His partner, Lynn, adjusts his tie and leads him out the door to his first appointment, a radio debate. With unprecedented access, director Joe Moulins blends the rough and tumble of the campaign with intimate moments from Sullivan's daily life. A brutally frank and funny video diary counts down the days to the election. From war room to bedroom, Citizen Sam is an unflinching portrait of the one-of-a-kind politician who has become the face of Vancouver on the international stage.
Film Details
Feature
Format: 
SD
2006
MinutesSeconds
Run time7958
English
National Film Board
Credits
Director: 
Joe Moulins
Producer: 
Tracey Friesen
Editor: 
Carmen Pollard
Cinematographer: 
Joe Moulins
Sound: 
Joe Moulins
Awards and Festivals
Whistler Film Festival
Hot Docs International Film Festival
Victoria International Film Festival