by Brad Listi
David Modigliani is the director of a new documentary called Crawford. A hit on the festival circuit, the film offers a poignant view of the small Texas town that was transformed overnight when George W. Bush bought his 1,500-acre ranch on Prairie Chapel Road back in 1999. Crawford just made its groundbreaking premiere online at Hulu.com, and it has been warmly received by both critics and audiences alike. Noteworthy for its even-handed approach, the film features the perspectives of ordinary citizens who were able to witness history at close range during extraordinary times.
Says the Texas Observer:
Modigliani honors [the] spirit of egalitarianism by focusing his film not on Bush and other grandees, but rather on half-a-dozen unfamiliar figures, men and women who live their lives in Crawford out of range of the scores of TV cameras deployed to cover the big cheeses melting in the Texas sun.