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Swing State: The Road to Friendship?
Directed by Bryan Oldenburg
USA | 102 min | 2021
America, in general, and Wisconsin, in particular, have seen politics drift to alarming extremes, with cries from one side of “Neo-Fascism,” and cries of “Neo-Marxism” from the other. With the heart seemingly growing cold across the country (perpetuating a vicious cycle of fake news, vile accusations and outright violence), one wonders if the road to friendship is an idealistic concept of a Mayberry long gone. In this sequel to SWING STATE, we literally hit the road to Friendship (a small village in the center of America’s Dairyland), to see if old fashioned neighborliness is still attainable in this deeply fractured nation. We visit a handful of other places along the way (as we did in Part 1 of the Series), including Janesville, Beloit, Mauston and Milwaukee. We meet some outliers, if you will, who counter the philosophy that one side needs to crush the other (as was the case in the first Civil War), and actually strive for meaningful discussion, peace and reconciliation. Sooner or later, we will have to come back together again, in order for America to survive as we know it. In SWING STATE, The Road To Friendship, we witness some authentic attempts at reaching that long-forgotten concept called The Brotherhood of Man.
Bryan Oldenburg began Radio Broadcasting right out of Beloit College, then entered the world of Television Commercials about ten years after that. His latest foray into Documentary Filmmaking started roughly 8 years ago with THE MINDSET MOVIE, which told the story of The Beloit College Mindset List (a chronicle of Freshman thinking throughout the decades). In SWING STATE, he teams up with veteran cinematographer, Dan Klopp, of both Milwaukee and Madison notoriety, plus welcomes in master musician, Ryan Thomas Becker, who won “Best Guitarist in Texas” a few years ago (no small accomplishment). Award-winning Associate Producer, Jim Peterson (THE YUPPIE, DARKWING DUCK, KIM POSSIBLE, etc.) comes onboard yet again to offer his brilliant insights in SWING STATE— an endeavor that is likely to become a 3-Part series, once the Democrats bring their convention to Milwaukee.