'Mayor Pete' Documentary On Pete Buttigieg Opens NewFest LGBTQ+ Fest

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NewFest, New York's LGBTQ+ film festival, kicks off tonight with one of the most prominent documentaries of the fall. Mayor Pete, directed by Jesse Moss, goes behind the scenes and on the stump with Pete Buttigieg as he became the first openly gay major presidential candidate, vying for the Democratic nomination. Buttigieg's campaign was unusual […]
NewFest, New York's LGBTQ+ film festival, kicks off tonight with one of the most prominent documentaries of the fall.

Mayor Pete, directed by Jesse Moss, goes behind the scenes and on the stump with Pete Buttigieg as he became the first openly gay major presidential candidate, vying for the Democratic nomination. Buttigieg's campaign was unusual not only because of his gay identity, but for his résumé: his background in elective office was limited to serving as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana (that's more political experience than Donald Trump brought to the job, but still).

"One of the reasons I wanted to make the film is there seemed to be something almost Frank Capra-esque about this notion that a small-town mayor could run for president and be competitive," Moss tells Deadline. "Of course, I wasn't sure that was possible when we set out to make the film. I knew that Pete was unusual in many respects–his youth, his Rust Belt profile, the fact that he was a gay man, actually quite brilliant academically."

Jesse Moss (L) and Amanda McBaine at Sundance Courtesy of Matthew Carey

Mayor Pete is set to debut on Amazon Prime on November 12, following its NewFest appearance.

"I'm super excited, great to show it in New York City, a place where I lived for 15 years," Moss notes. "Just a really established LGBTQ festival–I think it's a great launchpad for this film and I'm looking forward to having a conversation about the movie with people."

NewFest, celebrating its 33rd year, runs from October 15-26, featuring a mix of fiction and nonfiction films, features and shorts. Among the nonfiction features is the festival's Centerpiece Documentary, Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music, directed by T.J. Parsell. The film shines a rare spotlight on "lesbian women who have long been hidden behind the curtain of the country music industry, all while working with big-name artists and making major contributions to the scene."

Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music Courtesy…
Matthew Carey
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