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Running With Beto


This documentary follows Beto O’Rourke’s rise from political unknown to national sensation through his bold attempt to unseat Ted Cruz in US Senate. Embedded with Beto from his entire campaign, Running with Beto follows his journey through access to O’Rourke, his family, and a team of political newcomers. The film revels the challenges of an unconventional campaign as Beto navigates an onslaught of negative advertising, strain on his family, and the pressure of delivering for passionate supporters. This film is creatively and financially independent from Beto O’Rourke and his campaign.


  • The Washington Post
    “...a glimpse at a wrenching reality rarely seen in the sanitized, smiling images usually put forth by candidates.”

    Jenna Johnson
  • Austin 360
    “Kinetic, intimate and moving…’Running with Beto’ never treads into hagiography, showing its candidate at once a doting but conflicted father and an open-minded yet sometimes frustrated boss to a Spartan staff largely composed of neophytes.”

    Matthew Odam
  • Los Angeles Times
    “ Entertaining… absorbing… unexpected and refreshingly real”
    Gary Goldstein
  • Variety
    “...reminiscent of Albert Maysles' Primary or Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker’s more recent The War Room... the portrait of a state many of us thought we had pinned down, and how its identity is shifting in a positive direction."
    Peter Debruge
  • The Hollywood Reporter
    “...captures the excitement of near-victory and celebrates the grassroots work done by passionate volunteers.”
    John DeFore

Festival Participation

  • South by Southwest Film Festival - 2019
    Audience Award Winner
  • Sun Valley Film Festival, US - 2019
    Vision Award
  • Dallas International Film Festival - 2019
  • Full Frame Film Festival - 2019
  • Martha's Vineyard Film Festival - 2019

Additional Materials

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