Political affiliation aside, one has to agree that an inarguable Dem advantage is the just plain cooler roster of artists willing to back the party, which was amply apparent at a recent Move On PAC event at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. As event host Janeane Garofalo noted, after the Roots leveled the place with a ridiculous guitar-solo-enhanced performance, "Well the GOP has ... Ted Nugent." The event, which kicked off Move On's "10 Weeks: Don't Get Mad, Get Even" initiative, hinged on the unveiling of a raft of new ads from commercial, video and film directors like Richard Linklater, Jesse Peretz, Doug Liman, Allison Anders, Benny Boom and Wildbrain Animation. The evening also featured appearances by Al Franken, Howard Dean, Edie Falco, Kevin Bacon and performances by the Roots, Perry Farrell, Moby (who noted at one point that with his planned quick in-and-out appearance at the RNC, "the President is treating New York like a cheap hooker") and Natalie Merchant. X-Ray's Peretz (and Clay Tarver) directed the "Jimmy the Cab Driver" series, written by and starring Donal Logue. The ads feature Logue as Jimmy, a clueless, sweat-stained Bush supporter, a character who first appeared in a series of MTV promos. Music video maestro Boom (repped by Boondoggle) had been a judge for the "Bush in 30 Seconds" campaign, which motivated him to write and direct "Everybody," which he says was inspired in part by Michael Jackson's "Beat It." Shot in Brooklyn, it features a neighborhood mobilizing itself to go and vote. The Anders spot, "Pie," produced out of Curious Pictures, is based on an excerpt from Franken's book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, and stars Illeana Douglas, Ione Skye and W. Earl Brown. Move On had approached Curious to support filmmakers interested in making ads but without a regular spot roost. Chelsea Pictures donated production space.
The ads will be posted to moveonpac.org. Visitors to that site may also see the recent round of spots by Errol Morris, which feature the stories of Republicans who have been driven to switch to the Kerry camp by Bush Administration policies.