Film Maker Says Iowa Critical in Caucus Process
By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter
DUBUQUE, Iowa - A Hollywood actor was in Iowa Monday discussing why he believes the state is critical to the caucus process.
Matthew Modine is best known for his small roles in movies like “Full Metal Jacket”, “Any Given Sunday” and “Married to the Mob”. But Modine is also a filmmaker and showcased some of his work in Eastern Iowa.
Hollywood film-making glitz and glam met Iowa on a cold January Monday night. But when it comes to the political process, Modine says Iowa is the real star.
Modine said, “What’s happening here, scientifically, is the exposing of these people who are running for political office. ”
He says Iowans operate at a slower pace than people living in large coastal cities. He says that allows Iowans to really dig deep and spend a lot of time getting to know each candidate.
Modine said, “Iowa exposes (the candidates) insecurities, or their anger, or their bitterness, their racism and their fears. ”
Modine says it’s Iowans who uncover the truth for the rest of the nation.
He shared these thoughts with local film enthusiasts before showing his three short films.
Modine does believe some things about the caucus process need to change, starting with the way candidates treat each other.
Modine said, “I don’t think that being contrary and stupid towards one another or insulting towards one another is a good solution to any kind of problem. “
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