When I attend events in the Greater Springfield area I'm always looking for fun community activities, topics and heroes. At Springfield Days years ago I first met Hank for Senate. This year at Springfield Days I discovered Hank's documentary. Here's his story.
With election day quickly approaching, many voters are in need of some comedic relief during this competitive political season. Luckily, Wild About Hank, a new intriguing political documentary film, has come to the rescue with its Virginia premiere at Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax, Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 6:45PM. Wild About Hank tells the story of Hank the cat's renowned race for Virginia's U.S. Senate seat in 2012, where he competed against Democrat (and current Vice Presidential nominee) Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen. Though the Hank for Senate campaign began as satire, the political world was turned inside-out as Hank's candidacy became a serious endeavor, inspiring thousands of Democratic, Republican and Independent voters to believe in Hank and to ultimately get out and vote - for a cat.
Directed and produced by filmmaker Emma Kouguell, Wild About Hank stars Hank the cat, his campaign team and supporters, and includes a special appearance by Virginia governor and 2012 U.S.
Senate nominee George Allen.
Wild About Hank's Northern Virginia premiere will be followed with a director and cast Q&A. The event is free with a suggested donation of one can of cat or dog food for the Humane Society of
Fairfax County's pet pantry.
Check out the Wild About Hank trailer and mark your calendar.
Nancy-jo Manney is the executive director of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and serves as chair of the Springfield Days planning committee. She likes cats but doesn't care so much for politics.