Some of the fine citizens that lived in Crawford include the town local Pug Meyers, First Baptist Church Pastor Mike Murphy, the Coffee Station owner Dorothy Spanos, local teacher Misti Turbeville and one of her students, Tom Warlick. One of the most important aspects of Crawford which really made this a very important film is that director David Modigliani respects his subject. There is no attack on anyone, whether they are Pro-Bush or Anti-Bush, this is a fair and unbiased exploration of what happened before the controversial 2000 election all the way to the President’s second term. These are real people that experienced their small town change in a matter of months. There is nothing rehearsed or fake, it is all very truthful and all the more fascinating for it. It was obvious that Crawford welcomed David into their town, and they seem to trust him, and deservedly so.
Each and every story is told with warmth as views change and the human element is explored. This is not an attack on the Bush Administration, this is simply a presentation of a town put in the middle of a historic time. The portraits in this Texas town are so lovingly and honestly explored, that you will be able to find a connection to almost everyone involved in some way. So much so that I would hope it might make one question themselves the next time they attack someone for their views in politics. Even as Bush is facing his last days in office, I found it very hard to feel anything negative for those on opposite sides of my personal political stance while watching the film. And after all, if you can present a different idea or thought in such a way that others can respond to it, that is a resounding success. Crawford isn’t about politics really, it is about the very humanity which encompasses it.
One of the most powerful stories involves the rebellious student, Tom Warlick. I have to say that his story is one of the most inspired. I won’t go into too much detail, but I was really affected by him and his high school years. There are many others involved that will hopefully make someone think twice about making judgments on people and things they don’t understand. I definitely recommend spending a little time in Crawford.
Next up is the wonderful moment where The Town Responds (49:00) which is easily as entertaining as the film itself. David returns to Crawford to show the film at the local high school. I loved this, and we get to see a little more of Mr. Modigliani as he spends more time on camera. It is easy to see why the people of Crawford trusted him. He’s a very likeable guy and it is fun to return to the town after watching the film. I especially enjoyed seeing some of the films “characters” interview the director.