Video: Spin: The Construction of TV “Reality”

Composed of 100% unauthorized satellite footage, Spin is a surreal expose of media-constructed reality

Spin is a 1995 documentary film by Brian Springer composed of raw satellite feeds featuring politicians’ pre-appearance planning. Due to the shitty quality that’s been available on youtube or anywhere online, this version was enhanced and the soundtrack was replaced for your viewing pleasure in HD.

It covers, not only the presidential election, but also the 1992 Los Angeles riots as well as the Operation Rescue abortion protests. Using the 1992 presidential election as his springboard, Springer captures the behind-the-scenes maneuverings of politicians and newscasters in the early 1990s. Pat Robertson banters about “homos,” Al Gore learns how to avoid abortion questions, George H. W. Bush talks to Larry King about Halcion—all presuming they’re off camera.

Composed of 100% unauthorized satellite footage, Spin is a surreal expose of media-constructed reality.

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