Do you ever wonder what politicians — especially presidential candidates — were like as kids? I do. So I'm fascinated by this trailer for the documentary Frontrunners, which follows the student election at a prestigious New York public high school (a place where kids have to apply to get in and of those that apply only three percent are accepted).
Is it a thirst for power? A natural gift for leadership? A real desire to make a difference in the world? For some of them it's all these things, and for others it just seems like a random decision. All I know is that watching these young'uns strategize (how to get the word out that they're running?) and spin (one candidate describes his ticket thusly: "Basically, us together creates a synergical force of amiability which is far beyond the normal reaches of human comprehension") is at once entertaining and eerily similar to the grown-up world. From the preview alone you can see hints of the adult power-players these ambitious teens might very well become.
The film opens in New York Oct. 15 but I'm crossing my fingers it will make its way to my town sooner rather than later. To check out the preview for yourself,