Our son wanted to see the Democratic Presidential forum that happened last week in Chicago, and it’s been waiting for him on the DVR. He got around to watching it while I was having lunch today. The debate was held at Soldier’s Field, in front of an all-union, AFL-CIO crowd. As part of the debate, Dennis Kucinich touted his proud union affiliation as a member of IATSE Local 600; the crowd loved it, of course.
So I was wondering, what’s Local 600? When did Dennis hold a job outside government, much less a union job? Well, his Wikipedia entry didn’t mention it, but it turns out that Local 600 is the International Cinematographers Guild. My guess is that his membership is from the time in the early ’80’s when he was basically unemployed.
Far be it from me to imply that directors of photography and other members of the camera department don’t work their butts off; close friends of mine are cameramen, and I know the work they do. What annoys me is that Kucinich is not, and as far as I know, has never been, what I would call a working cinematographer. And it’s cheesy and self-aggrandizing of him to claim otherwise.