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WHERE'S MY ROY COHN?

Director's Statement
Roy M. Cohn would have been but a bold footnote to American history, most remembered for his role in the Rosenberg spy case, his conspiratorial whispering in the ear of Senator Joseph McCarthy during his 1950s witch-hunts, and the monumental hypocrisy of his own life as a closeted gay man who helped McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover's FBI destroy the lives of other gay men.

Now, with the election of Cohn's protege, Donald J. Trump, Roy Cohn takes his place in history as our modern Machiavelli. George Santayana's aphorism, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," is more haunting than ever.

Memorably, painfully, during the 1950s Red Scare, McCarthy and his Svengali, Cohn, ushered in the age of the paranoid style of American politics. Now, much of what was set in motion in the 1950s resurfaces today in shocking and unexpected ways-scare tactics, divisive rhetoric, and aggressions against vulnerable minority communities are nothing new in the U.S. In the modern era of corrupt politics, Roy Cohn connects the dots. His brand of politics, his amoral personal codes of conduct are what WHERE'S MY ROY COHN? is all about. My hope is to help light the fires of cultural recognition; the film is intended to elucidate and motivate people to act now and to reject the darkest impulses and currents of the American psyche before they overwhelm us. -Matt Tyrnauer

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