A new documentary looks a American political divisions through the lens of two people familiar to North Carolina politicos, the Brothers Woodhouse, Brad and Dallas.
Brad is the big Democrat, Dallas is the big Republican, and the film “Woodhouse Divided” (see the trailer below) shows them brawling through President Barack Obama’s first term and the 2012 campaign. Brad Woodhouse was spokesman for the Democratic National Committee and an Obama strategist and Dallas Woodhouse was head of Americans for Prosperity in North Carolina, the conservative political group founded by the Koch brothers.
“This is a huge political division analyzed through one family,” said filmmaker Bryan Miller. There’s plenty of material for the film, which covers health care debates, the campaign and Woodhouse family gatherings.
“I tried to take a humorous approach to it,” the Raleigh filmmaker said.
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Miller is submitting the film to festivals, and is hoping that it wins a spot in a documentary festival this summer in Washington D.C.
MIller worked with Dallas Woodhouse when both were employed by a television news station.
“Dallas is a movie in himself,” Miller said. “He’s the biggest personality that I’ve ever met in my life.”
The trailer for the 72-minute film includes a lot of shouting and pointing.
“It’s an honest look at my brother and I. The good, the bad and the ugly at times, both professionally and personally,” said Dallas Woodhosue, who has left AFP since filming ended.
Brad Woodhouse said the film accurately depicts the passion the brothers have for their views and a situation that exists in other families, where “two people who were brought up by the same parents can come to these things with completely different views.”
Brad Woodhouse is now president of Americans United for Change, a liberal advocacy group, and runs the Democratic Super PAC American Bridge.