The Dear Leader by Christopher Morris
The catalyst for “The Dear Leader” short film came about late in 2006 when President Bush was pushing hard for support against the war on terror. I had formed a dark, foreboding vision of the Presidency while covering the White House for Time magazine through some very difficult years. I had watched, up close, how the U.S. government, led by the President, prepped our population for the inevitable: the invasion of Iraq. The main body of still images—”My America”—that I produced during this time period failed to capture the absolute and unequivocal message that our government wanted us to believe. Hence I created “The Dear Leader”.
The film was shot over a two-day period towards the end of 2006.