BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary
John Lennon

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

The U.S. vs. John Lennon
USA / 2006 / 99 min
David Leaf & John Scheinfeld
"John Lennon came to represent life, while Richard Nixon represents Death" - Gore Vidal

"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel". Gore Vidal's words about Nixon and the Vietnam war are as important and up to date as ever. The same goes for George W. Bush and his Christian crusade in Iraq. THE US VS JOHN LENNON is a wonderfully narrated document of the artist as anti-war activist. When Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City in 1970, the Nixon administration was terrified that Lennon had the power to organize anti-war protests and perhaps even affect the outcome of the elections in 1972, when Nixon was hoping to be re-elected.

David Leaf & John Scheinfeld

David Leaf (b. 1952) has won numerous awards for his work on pop culture programs, music specials and retrospectives. His credits include co-writer on the landmark post-9/11 telethon, "A Tribute to Heroes" and the documentaries THE U.S. vs. JOHN LENNON and THE NIGHT JAMES BROWN SAVED BOSTON. Leaf has written three acclaimed biographies, as well as liner notes for many successful CD re-issues. He began his career as a news and sports writer/producer, before moving to L.A., where he worked on a number of classic TV specials.

John Scheinfeld is a respected producer and writer of dramatic and documentary programming, bringing a broad spectrum of experiences and interests to a wide-range of projects.