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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Janeane From Des Moines Mockumentary

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Janeane talks to Michele Bachmann at a campaign stop in December 2011. (Wilsilu Pictures)Janeane outside her house in Des Moines in August 2011. (Wilsilu Pictures)Actress Jane Edith Wilson plays Janeane in Des Moines. (Wilsilu Pictures)Janeane attends a Mitt Romney rally in Des Moines, IA. (Wilsilu Pictures)Janeane and Rick Santorum at the Iowa Straw Poll. August 2011. (Wilsilu Pictures)

The new film Janeane from Des Moines focuses on a fictional conservative woman as she decides which candidate to back in the very real Iowa caucuses earlier this year. The film is a mockumentary: half drama, half documentary.

Actress Jane Edith Wilson stayed in character as she traveled to campaign events and interacted with other voters, leading some to believe she is the character Janeane. Is that ethical?

“We made this film to start a conversation,” filmmaker Grace Lee told Here and Now’s Robin Young. “We hope to have it on many different levels with many different people.”

For a list of screenings of Janeane from Des Moines and instructions on how to request a screening, visit to the film’s website.

Trailer: Janeane from Des Moines

Guests:

  • Jane Edith Wilson, actress who plays Janeane from Des Moines
  • Grace Lee, director of the film Janeane from Des Moines

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