Washington D.C. – Many people remember Marion Barry as the philandering drug-addled mayor of the nation’s capital, who was arrested in a Washington, D.C. hotel during an F.B.I. sting in 1990. He’s the poster boy for corruption – a pariah. Yet to others, Marion Barry is a folk hero, hailed as a civil rights champion, a defender of the poor and outcast.
Film directors, Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, have captured his life story in the Indiepix Films “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry,” which will be available on DVD on December 7.
The Nine Lives of Marion Barry first premiered on HBO. The critically acclaimed film will be available for the first time for broad distribution via IndiePix films, Amazon.com, iTunes and most major retailers.
In the film, viewrs are able to see how his soaring achievements, catastrophic failures and phoenix-like rebirths have made him a symbol of mythic indestructibility.
From the cotton fields to the corridors of power, Barry has weathered drug and alcohol addiction, cancer, four marriages, jail time and international humiliation to dominate Washington, D.C. city politics for more than 40 years.
Now, to the disgust of some and the delight of others, Barry is once again in the political limelight. Who is Marion Barry, really? A hero? A scoundrel? Why is he such a polarizing force? And why do people still vote (overwhelmingly) for him?
For the first time, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry reveals the complete unforgettable story.