Filmmaker: It took seven months to secure interview with Cheney

When asked by ITK his impression of the 72-year-old former House minority whip before making the film, Cutler replies, “Our politics are very different. So I think that kind of characterizes where I was when I went in. But I was greatly curious about him and that’s mostly what drove me.”

Cutler, who also created the 1996 documentary “A Perfect Candidate” about the Senate race in Virginia between candidates Chuck Robb (D) and Oliver North (R), says despite following politicians, the focus isn’t so much on politics in his flicks.

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“The subject of these films is these kind of extraordinary figures I have the privilege of telling stories about, and who they are, and how they do what they do. I’m not particularly compelled by films wherein the filmmakers’ point of view is the subject.”

The movie guru says he was most surprised to learn about the relationship between Cheney and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

“It makes it very clear that their approach within the [President George W. Bush] administration was in a way historically based. That’s one of those amazing moments where truth is greater than fiction ever could be,” says Cutler.

“I’m looking to make films ... that have as much to say about their subjects in the moment as they will 20 years down the road.”