David Hartstein's Along Came Kinky…chronicles singing Jewish cowboy Kinky Friedman's 2006 independent gubernatorial campaign in Texas – and the state's lively foray into third-party politics.
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The film follows the outspoken Kinky, his campaign staff, and his devoted grass roots volunteers through an unprecedented and all together wacky four-way governor's race. Hartstein gets an inside look at Friedman's unusual candidacy, from his career as a provocative musician and mystery novelist to his head-first dive into state politics. Through the campaign's efforts to raise money and make the ballot, to down and dirty struggles against party politics, to the cigar-fueled final days of a nail-biting race, Hartstein gets unparalleled access to Friedman -- his wit, his candor, and of course, his music.
Now a Texas Jewboy himself, David Hartstein grew up on the mean streets of Long Island. He received an MFA from the University of Texas in 2004 and has since been an Austin-based filmmaker, freelancer and teacher. In addition to Along Came Kinky…, David is producing America's Parking Lot, a feature documentary about Dallas Cowboys tailgaters, and The Happy Poet, a feature comedy from writer/director Paul Gordon (Motorcycle).