Amazon Studios has picked up “Mayor Pete,” about the out gay mayor’s historic presidential campaign.
Variety has reported exclusively that current U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, will be the subject of a new documentary that will track the story of his historic presidential campaign. Buttigieg appeared to come out of nowhere, but he more than held his own as an impressive candidate who gained credibility quickly and widely.
The South Bend mayor, a Rhodes scholar and Afghanistan War veteran, was articulate and quick on his feet. His earnestness was plain to see, as was his honesty about his life with his husband Chasten.
“Mayor Pete” will be directed by Jesse Moss (“Boys State,” “The Overnighters”) and will take viewers behind the scenes of Buttigieg’s journey to become the first openly gay president in United States history.
“Mayor Pete” will show Buttigieg at home in Indiana with Chasten, and go inside the campaign’s early days as well as Buttigieg’s contested victory in the Iowa caucuses. Buttigieg dropped out of the presidential race on March 1 2020, before Super Tuesday, after losing to Joe Biden in South Carolina. He then threw his support behind Biden’s campaign, and as Biden’s Transportation Secretary, Buttigieg is the first openly LGBTQ Cabinet member in U.S. history.
Variety reports that in summer 2019, film cameras were following Buttigieg for Story Syndicate, a nonfiction production company founded by veteran filmmakers (and married couple) Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus. “Mayor Pete” will be released later this year. Both “All In” and “Boys State” were among the 15 docs recently shortlisted for best documentary at this year’s Oscars.