It is no revelation that politics is, at least in part, performance. But usually it is the politicians who are considered to be the performers. During the 2012 presidential election season, specifically the period between the Iowa straw poll and the Iowa caucuses, director Grace Lee and actor-writer Jane Edith Wilson decided to test what would happen if the constituency were performing as well. To do so, they created “Janeane,” an archetypical midwestern Christian conservative, gave her residence in Des Moines, manufactured a series of politically relevant life crises, and sent her out to plead her case before the gop presidential hopefuls deluging the state. The footage was then interspersed with scripted scenes and released as Janeane from Des Moines, a production that has been described alternatively as a mockumentary and a film with actual documentary elements.
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