Our Nixon

An intimate portrait of the presidency based around Super 8 home videos

2013 | Running Time: 84 minutes | Rating: NR

Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they’d all be in prison. This unique and personal visual record, created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away at the National Archives, and forgotten for almost 40 years. OUR NIXON is an all-archival documentary presenting those home movies for the first time, along with other rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before. The film premiered at the 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Director/Producer: Penny Lane; Producer: Brian Frye; Executive Producers: Rebecca Ritchie Brower, Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Louis Venezia

SXSW Film Festival 2013: Visions (nomination)
Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2015: Outstanding Achievement in Editing (nomination)
Seattle International Film Festival 2013: Documentary Award
Gotham Awards 2013: Best Documentary (nomination)
Ann Arbor Film Festival 2013: Best Film
Nantucket Film Festival 2013: Adrienne Shelley Excellence in Filmmaking Award
Traverse City Film Festival 2013: Documentary Feature
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2013: Best World Documentary (nomination)

“A capably done account of a presidential career that was wrecked by a crime that was unnecessary.”