What the hell is GOP US Senate candidate Kurt Bills thinking with his campaign film trailer? [VIDEO]

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A screengrab from what one Minnesota conservative calls the worst political ad of all time.
Kurt Bills is the first Senate candidate ever to sponsor and appear in a short film for the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project.

That's great and all, but if the trailer is any indication, then Bills' Staring at the Future film promises to be absolutely, horrifyingly awful. Produced by Vaughn Juares, the trailer introduces the story of somebody named Riley Thomas, a young man who in the video appears to sit across a table from a grotesque future version of himself.

Bills, narrating the trailer, says: "[Riley] will be given a second chance. The right choices will lead to growth and family; the wrong choice, despair... A chance meeting, transcending time and space, will change his life forever." You should probably stick to teaching high school econ, Kurt.

In the trailer, the sweaty, ugly, future version of Riley Thomas says to his younger self: "You're going to die alone, in a broken world, if you don't remember what I say to you, today!... Take a good look at my face -- this is who you'll become!" What an uplifting message!

The trailer is so bad, even Minnesota conservatives can't help but wonder aloud what the hell Bills is thinking. Here's a Twitter exchange from Michelle Venturo, a self-described "domestic goddess who is Conservative, loves cooking, gardening, Christ and Country," and John Gilmore, a conservative activist and blogger:Without further ado, here's the trailer:

If you're the type that enjoys watching train-wrecks, you can go see the whole film tonight at 9 p.m. at Minneapolis' Riverview Theater.

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Liberty Winning
Liberty Winning

Why does Gilmore get so much media? Is it because he is such an embarrassment to the GOP? He is a Bills hater with a serious axe to grind and wishes to divide the party. His plans back fired when he tried to disrupt MNGOP state convention this year with his "chaos slate". One thing the vast majority of the delegates agreed on was this man's foolishness. Maybe someday he will drop some of his anger.

Steve
Steve

Gilmore is dining on sour grapes, all right, but that doesn't mean Bills' movie isn't a disaster.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

The Fountainhead is a little quicker paced. Ellsworth Toohey may be one of the most powerfully relevant characters I've encountered in fiction. You might appreciate him

Erica
Erica

But then I forget; she chooses to focus on "important" things like making sure there is no lead paint on children's toys coming from China. I triple dog dare you to lick a toy made from China repeatedly or better yet eat a dog treat from China, Kirk.

B4crash76
B4crash76

John Gilmore is a big government conservative(oxymoron?) who's still maintaining a steady diet of sour grapes after his negative campaiging was unsucessful and his favorites were trounced at the MNGOP state convention.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

You must really hate filmmakers. If this had been created by a big spending liberal, every rightwing blog on the planet would be pointing and laughing right now. There's no left or right to this trailer: it's just bad. Really, really bad.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Good luck with that. I would grab at any opportunity to improve on Senator Pool Drain but based on this trailer I don't think Bills qualifies as an improvement. Unless, of course, he promised not to serve if elected.

B4crash76
B4crash76

I like the Twilight Zone feel. I get the feeling the City Pages is politically motivated and if the movie was created by a big spending liberal, City Pages would be intrigued.

WilliamJ83
WilliamJ83

Oh really?  You like the great special effects huh?  I suppose you'll be camping outside the theater so you can be first in?

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