The Curve, Adam Benzine’s dissection of the Trump administration’s failures over the pandemic, was completed after a £40,000 crowdfunding appeal.
Benzine, who conducted interviews in secret with administration insiders, intended to stream the film for free on YouTube before the November Presidential election.
He ran out of money but was able to complete the editing and add visual effects after the successful Kickstarter appeal.
Described as an “emotional documentary thriller”, based on interviews with leading epidemiologists and academics, The Curve is now being released worldwide via the Vimeo video-sharing platform.
A former journalist on the UK Music Week magazine, now based in Toronto, Benzine said completing the film by his November deadline was “incredibly stressful. It took some months to recover after the film. I was physically wrecked from doing it.”
The Curve examines errors made by the Trump administration during the crisis, beginning with the gutting of a pandemic preparedness unit established by President Obama.
Oscar-tipped documentary The Curve details the failings of the Trump administration over Covid (Photo: Adam Benzine)
Benzine told Deadline: “I did think, ‘Well, I’m a Brit based in Canada making a film about the situation in America.’”
“But I also thought that that came with significant advantages because you can’t just dismiss me – I’ve never voted for a Democrat in my life because I’m not an American. That does allow me to be above the fray somewhat, and I did try to do that.”
Benzine previously secured an Oscar nomination for his HBO documentary Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, which examined the life and work of French director.
He explained his vision for The Curve on the Kickstarter appeal page: “By capturing interviews remotely, using news footage, archival material, stock footage, creative CGI, and an original soundtrack, we could work around the restrictions of the lockdown to create a documentary in just a short few months.”
The Oscar nominations will be announced on March 15, and the ceremony itself will take place on April 25.