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Larry Flynt for President

2020 Official Selection: Features

World Premiere

FEATURE | United States | 90 MINUTES | English |


Drama, Politics

Raised in poverty in the hills of Kentucky with only an eighth grade education, Larry Flynt built a multi-million dollar pornography empire during the 70s and 80s with the explicit Hustler magazine as its cornerstone. A staunch advocate for the First Amendment, Flynt frequently butted heads with the so-called moral majority and found himself embroiled in fierce legal battles that he fought with theatrical flair, thumbing his nose at a system he viewed as hypocritical and corrupt. After a gunman’s bullet left him paralyzed from the waist down in 1978, Flynt resurfaced in 1983 to announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. His platform, he said, was simple: “Every ounce of energy that I can muster will be devoted toward moving the massive repressive hand of government from the crotch of the American people.”

This riveting film from director Nadia Szold assembles never-before-seen footage captured in 1983 by a film crew documenting Flynt’s unlikely bid for the White House. Chronicling Flynt’s campaign—ran from his gold-plated wheelchair with his devoted wife Althea by his side—Larry Flynt for President stands as a fascinating record of one of America’s most controversial defenders of free speech.—Andrea Passafiume

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Directed by Nadia Szold

Nadia Szold is an award-winning American filmmaker and writer. Her first work as a director was at 17 when she founded the theater troupe Cojones Company. Her first feature, Joy de V., premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2013 to critical acclaim and a nod from the jury.

Nadia Szold
Ben Browning, Lauren Mekhael, Steven Prince, Ivan Orlic
Nadia Szold, Tchavdar Georgiev
Larissa Supplitt, Christopher Gallo
Tchavdar Georgiev, Navzad Dabu, Ben Daughtery, Mark Zemel
Larry Flynt, Althea Flynt, Russell Means, Frank Zappa, Timothy Leary, Jerry Falwell


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