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Politicians and their auteur daughters

Rahm Emanuel is interviewed for "HouseQuake." (Photos courtesy of Karen Elizabeth Price)

Karen Elizabeth Price

Documentary filmmaking! Is it the new Peace Corps? Or the new Internet start-up? Whatever it is, it's the thing these days, the glam-yet-earnest vocation that every nice family sends a child into.

Alexandra Pelosi, Alexandra Kerry, Rory Kennedy ... and now Karen Elizabeth Price, daughter of Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), who on Wednesday will show her new doc "HouseQuake" at a D.C. screening hosted by Rep. Chris Van Hollen and think tank Third Way.

"It's an interesting trend," Price conceded. "It seems to be the daughters. They tend to be political documentaries, too. I guess it gets in the blood.... There's maybe a need to make sense of it all and use our access to show everyone the reality of politics you don't see on cable news."

Price, 39, stumbled into the profession, earning a creative writing master's and teaching community college before she applied to the University of Southern California's acclaimed film school "on a strange whim." Her student film about animal rescue won a top student prize and aired on PBS; she went on to work for Animal Planet and Discovery.

In the run-up to the 2006 midterm elections, she got the idea for a documentary about the Democrats' attempt to win back the House -- after her dad told her about this Rahm Emanuel guy with a plan so crazy it just might work.

"It was not a fun time to be a Democrat," she said. "They had to take on the belief they could win. I wanted to explore the question of, how do you create success?"

She and her crew followed seven races involving Democratic insurgents, including Heath Shuler (won), Brad Ellsworth (won) and Tammy Duckworth (lost).

Now it's finally in the can, ready to shop to festivals and distributors ... three years and one full election cycle past the events portrayed. Too late? Price thinks not. "There's a more heightened awareness in this because of 2010 coming up. Democrats and Republicans alike are interested in looking back at this," she said, "and Rahm is a household name now."

By The Reliable Source  |  October 20, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
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It was Howard Dean's plan, which Emanuel fought tooth and nail, and for which which Emanuel has been trying to take credit for ever since its success. This is what you get when you combine practiced liars, high powered Hollywood agents and desperate wannabes. Auteur indeed, I think not!

What an outrageous fraud. What kool-ade was Tim Price drinking. This is a poorly concealed effort to rewrite history. Rahm Emanuel had no "plan" that won back congress. In fact had we followed Emanuel's plan "focus on only the races we know we can win" it would have been the usual debacle of the McAuliffe years.

Please, President Obama, be the tall guy, correct this mistake, fire this Napoleon!

Posted by: ManOpener | October 20, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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