bush's brain documentary


About the Filmmakers

Produced by:

Michael Paradies Shoob and
Joseph Mealey


Directed by:

Joseph Mealey and
Michael Paradies Shoob


Based on the book by:

James C. Moore and Wayne Slater



Elizabeth Reeder



Tom Siiter


Music by:

Michelle Shocked and David Friedman


Narrated by:

Jacques Vroom


Michael is co-director and producer of BUSH’S BRAIN. The film that pulled back the curtain and introduced the country to Karl Rove, the “man behind the throne” of the Bush administration. Made independently for less than 100,000 dollars cash, BUSH’S BRAIN showed voters how one man, ruthlessly brilliant, has managed to commandeer the American political process. Michael previously wrote and directed the indy feature DRIVEN. DRIVEN premiered at the Toronto Film Festival where Screen International Magazine called him “one of the new directors to watch in North America.”



Joe is co-director and producer of BUSH’S BRAIN. The San Francisco Chronicle called it “enlightening and frightening”. Tina Brown wrote in the Washington Post: “The blueprint for what’s happening now is right up on the screen”. Joe is also the Director of Photography. Other credits include more than 20 documentaries for PBS, including BEYOND THE MOON WITH WALTER CRONKITE, FRONTLINE, HBO FIRST LOOK, A & E’s BIOGRAPHY and KCET’s LIFE & TIMES, for which he won an Emmy.


Co-author of BUSH'S BRAIN

Jim is also the author of Bush's War for Reelection: Iraq, the White House, and the Truth, and “The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power. He is an Emmy Award-winning TV news correspondent with more than a quarter century of print and broadcast experience. He has traveled extensively in every presidential campaign since 1976. His reports have appeared on CNN, NBC, and CBS. His professional honors include an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Director's Association, and the Individual Broadcast Achievement Award from the Texas Headliner's Foundation.


Co-author of BUSH'S BRAIN


Wayne is also the author of The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power. He is the Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News in Austin, Texas. He has traveled extensively, covering national and state politics for the newspaper. He traveled full-time for eighteen months covering the presidential campaign of George W. Bush. He has covered every Republican and Democratic national convention since 1988, six sessions of the Texas Legislature, and the administrations of Texas Governors Bill Clements, Ann Richards, and George W. Bush.


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