Nat Bates for Mayor
(Documentary Feature, 75 mins)
Scheduled to attend: Bradley Berman (director) and Eric Weiss (director)
Synopsis: Nat Bates For Mayor tells the story of the outrageous 2014 mayor’s race in Richmond, home to California's second largest refinery. Chevron spent more than $3 million to back 83-year-old African-American stalwart Nat Bates. Bates makes a Faustian bargain with the city’s corporate behemoth to preserve the long-standing but waning power of Richmond’s African-American working-class community. It’s black against white. It’s David versus Goliath. Is Nat Bates the savior or stooge? The movie is a wacky ride with some of the most entertaining political characters you'll ever meet.
Director: Bradley Berman writes mostly about cars, for publications such as The New York Times. Eric Weiss was the associate publisher of Mother Jones magazine and now teaches English to refugees in San Francisco. Nat Bates For Mayor is their first movie.