It’s always tough for a long-shot candidate to draw attention. Minnesota State Rep. Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount, badly trails Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and is given little chance of upsetting Minnesota’s senior member of the Senate. So what’s a guy to do? Well, how about sponsoring a short film about a time-traveling loser from a horrible, dystopian future?
That’s the trailer to “Staring at the Future,” a short film commissioned by the Bills campaign as part of the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project. The trailer, which features Bills himself as a Serlingesque narrator, has been referred to as “bizarre,” and prompted disgraced former Minnesota GOP Vice Chair Michael Brodkorb to ask, “Is it April Fool’s Day?” Local weekly City Pages was more direct in its questioning, asking, “What the hell is [Bills] thinking?”
The trailer presages a meeting between a young, white guy named Riley Thomas, who is confronted by himself in old-man makeup, who warns, “You’re going to die alone, in a broken world, if you don’t remember what I say to you, today!” It isn’t revealed what the future Thomas says, but given that Bills won the GOP endorsement on the strength of his libertarian economic proposals and Ron Paul army support, I’m going to guess that it involves eliminating government, and maybe something about gold. It probably doesn’t involve eliminating education; despite opposing government, Bills is a public schoolteacher.
For those of you who are deeply curious, and/or those of you who enjoy mocking things, the full film will debut Wednesday night at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis.
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