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It’s a cruel irony: During a time in which Americans’ approval of their representatives and reporters in Washington stands at embarrassing lows, the single biggest event in the United States’ capitol each year is not one filled with civic-mindedness and public service. Instead, it is an unadulterated self-celebration known as the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner. What began in 1921 as a one night dinner affair has escalated into a five day celebration each spring that consists of nearly two dozen parties, and the dinner and these parties represent the hottest and most sought after tickets in town as well as the single most important opportunity for those trying to influence Washington’s power players. While the Association attempts to frame the weekend as being about the important and increasingly difficult work of White House correspondents, the festivities have taken on an entirely different purpose.

For ten years, reporter Patrick Gavin observed and covered the weekend for Politico and such other top news organizations at and the Washington Examiner and watched the event grow in scope, star power, and scrutiny. After becoming frustrated and disillusioned with the superficial and submissive way the event was being covered by most Washington reporters (himself included), Gavin left Politico just days before the 2014 dinner to see if there was a more meaningful story to be told. The result is the first documentary about the White House Correspondents’ Association's annual dinner and the surrounding hoopla. Using a blend of acumen and amusement, “Nerd Prom: Inside Washington’s Wildest Week” goes behind the scenes with party planners, celebrities, members of the White House Correspondents’ Association, celebrity paparazzi, gossip columnists, and White House correspondents to show viewers what goes into the most notable and action-packed weekend in Washington each year.

The Interviewees

Llewellyn King

Anne Schroeder

Tucker Carlson

Ben Smith

Ann Compton

Steve Thomma

Carol Joynt

Kiki Ryan

Jeff Dufor

Carl Cannon

April Ryan

Kenny Day

Tommy Christopher

Janet Donovan

Gene Young

Ed Chen

Marielle Shortell

Julie Mason

George Condon

Ken Berger

Suzy Jacobs

Elizabeth Thorp

Laura Mullen

Julia Wiston

Nikki Schwab

Steve Scully

Roland Martin

Grover Norquist

Lee Brenner

Fendy Mesy

Amy Moeller

Meredith Merrill

Bret Baier

The Filmmakers

Patrick Gavin


Vincent Vittorio


Aaron Keuter

Art Director

Christopher Brannan


Scott Hampton