Production has begun on an HBO documentary about Sen. John Sidney McCain, III. Produced and directed by six-time Emmy winner Peter Kunhardt (HBO’s Jim: The James Foley Story, King in the Wilderness), along with Emmy winners George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt, the John McCain documentary is an illuminating, exclusive profile of one of the most influential forces in modern American politics.

Serving 31 years, the six-term senior Arizona senator John McCain agreed to participate in the film shortly after being diagnosed with brain cancer, providing unprecedented access to his daily life in Washington, D.C. and Sedona, Ariz. The film also features interviews with family, friends, colleagues and leading political figures.

This sweeping account combines John McCain’s own voice, culled from original interviews, commentary, and speeches, with archival newsreel and television footage and previously unseen home movies and photographs

“Through the years, John has rightly earned the reputation as an American hero,” says Peter Kunhardt. “In the final chapter of his life, he is reminding this generation of what government can and should look like.”

Along with The James Foley Story and this year’s King in the Wilderness, Kunhardt Films’ HBO credits include The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee, Becoming Warren Buffett, Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words, Gloria: In Her Own Words” and Teddy: In His Own Words.


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