At least one camera capturing this weekend’s madness surrounding the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner will be looking for something less ephemeral than a selfie: Patrick Gavin, a longtime reporter for Politico, will be filming scenes for a documentary on the annual dinner.
Look for Gavin, who leaves Politico today, at just about every party: He tells us there are “about 20 events on my docket,” the footage of which which he’ll combine with interviews with White House correspondents and journalists who’ve covered and attended the dinner. He’s also trained a lens on the planning behind the pre-dinner Friday night party hosted by Capitol File.
The goal? “To go behind the scenes and do an anatomy of what’s become the biggest weekend in one of the world’s most important cities and how it got that way, and to also look at the modern role of the White House correspondent and how that’s changed,” he tells us.
Don’t expect a take-down of the much-critiqued annual ritual — or a love letter — but rather a balanced approach, in which “fans and haters alike will have their say,” he says.
There’s no distributor yet for the two-hour flick, titled “Nerd Prom: Washington’s Wildest Week.” Gavin’s plan is to “shoot first and sell later.”
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