"We Really Wanted to Understand Him": The Making Of 'Get Me Roger Stone'

Image courtesy of Netflix.

Image courtesy of Netflix.

"We shot 600 hours of footage over five and a half years. I know Roger [Stone] better than all but my closest friends and family members."

Filmmakers Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, and Morgan Pehme started filming a documentary about lobbyist, political strategist, and self-identified "dirty trickster" Roger Stone in 2012. They had no idea that they were filming the man who would help elect Donald Trump into office. The film was released shortly after President Trump's inauguration.

"We always knew he was an absolutely deplorable person who had done horrible things to our nation," said Morgan Pehme. "That being said, we wanted to really understand him." The filmmakers discussed their controversial subject and his questionable tactics after a screening at the Columbia Journalism School. The conversation was moderated by professor Betsy West.

This event was sponsored by The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards and The Columbia Journalism School Documentary Program.

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