Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Swing State

Year: 2008
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 minutes

Swing State

SWING STATE possesses all the charm of a home movie, if your home is overrun by frenzied campaign workers plus one driven candidate who happens to be your dad, all chattering and e-mailing at once. Jason Zone Fisher is the son of Lee Fisher, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio. A recent graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications, he first filmed behind the scenes of his dad's 1998 gubernatorial campaign when he was 14. In SWING STATE he emphasizes the importance of Ohio gubernatorial elections as predicting the outcome of the 2008 presidential decision. Young Fisher and his team record the personal and public frenzy involved in the 2006 campaign when Fisher was running-mate to current Governor Ted Strickland. Following his dad around the kitchen with his hand-held camera, interviewing him over a midnight snack, or impersonating him at Halloween, it's clear that Jason deeply respects his old man. At the same time, the film shows how difficult a life in politics can be for the rest of the family. Included are interviews with many movers and shakers such as Bill Clinton, Ted Strickland, Ken Blackwell, and Barack Obama. --BB

CIFF32 Screenings

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 7:30 PM

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 9:30 AM

John Intrater, Jason Zone Fisher, H. Spencer Young

Jason Zone Fisher grew up in the spotlight of Ohio politics. He recently graduated from Syracuse University, where he was a Broadcast Journalism major. A first time director, producer and writer, John Intrater has been a lifelong creative, working primarily in design and photography. With San Francisco roots, he has become an honorary Ohioan. H. Spencer Young is a producer, director, editor, shooter and writer for feature films, documentaries and commercials. He is based in Manhattan and is proud of his Ohio roots.


John Intrater, Jason Zone Fisher, H. Spencer Young

John Intrater, Jason Zone Fisher

Erica Freed

Principal Cast
Lee Fisher, Peggy Zone Fisher, Jessica Zone Fisher, Jason Zone Fisher, Ted Strickland

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