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Run Granny Run

D: Marlo Poras

"Democracy is not something we have but something we do," articulates Doris "Granny D" Haddock in Poras' inspiring Run Granny Run, which documents the activist's fight for campaign-finance reform. In 1999, she walked 3,200 miles across the United States to raise awareness and support for the cause. By the time she reached Capitol Hill, Haddock was 90 and fueled with the political spirit to better her country. In 2004, at 94, the petite New Hampshire native ran for Senate against Republican incumbent Sen. Judd Gregg, making a point to run without accepting money from PACs or special-interest groups. Though Haddock did not prove that regular people could win a Senate race, she proved that regular people could run and do well. Poras gently portrays Haddock's character as the person Americans should strive to be: someone with very little property who stands up for the rights of her fellow people in the spirit of democracy.


Run Granny Run received the Audience Award for Documentary Feature.

7:30pm, Austin Convention Center

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