An election year is the perfect opportunity for Modesto’s State Theatre to offer two free seminars about the best political films ever made: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, starring Jimmy Stewart as a naïve and idealistic Jefferson Smith who goes to D.C. to fight corruption, and ELECTION, featuring Reese Witherspoon and Mathew Broderick, in a morality tale set during a high school election.

Both films will be accompanied by introductions and post film call-in discussions led by two emeritus professors of political science, California State University Stanislaus’s Larry Giventer and Modesto Junior College’s, Randy Siefkin, as well as Arnold Anthony Schmidt, who teaches Film History and Screenwriting at CSUS. Ms Eileen Kerr, Professor of History at Modesto Junior College, will join the discussion of ELECTION.

Director Frank Capra’s MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON will be introduced on Monday, October 5, followed by a live call-in program on Monday, October 12. The second film of the series, Alexander Payne’s ELECTION, previews Monday, October 19, followed by a call-in discussion on Monday, October 26.

The two films are part of historic State Theatre’s Virtual Education Program. There is no charge for participation, but advance registration is required. Please note, The State is not able to provide the film ourselves.

Giventer and Siefkin previously hosted several election night programs on local cable stations and Schmidt has led discussions of State Theatre seminars on Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT and the classic ALL ABOUT EVE.

Register for MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON seminar on October 12

Register for ELECTION seminar on October 26