Waging Dialogue Presents: The Campaign of Miner Bo

Screen the documentary film “The Campaign of Miner Bo” anytime here.
Register to watch our October 16 panel discussion here.

Waging Dialogue seeks to bridge gaps in understanding, and one of the most significant understanding gaps in our society exists between private citizens and elected politicians.

I recently discovered a compelling documentary that highlights the challenges of running for office as a grassroots candidate. The Campaign of Miner Bo is a thought-provoking human portrait of a man on a mission, who struggles in ways that every one of us can identify with, who has to push himself out of his comfort zone in situations that would make any of us uncomfortable. The film made me think hard about some critical questions. What are the expectations that we have of politicians? How would we fare if those same expectations were placed on us, and once we have weeded out everyone who doesn’t meet those expectations, how could we possibly be left with anyone we actually want representing us?

I invite you to watch this film, and then join myself and the founder of Waging Dialogue, Dr. Alice Maher, as we interview Bo Copley and Director Todd Drezner. I will also be inviting upcoming grassroots candidate for the US House of Representatives from the state of Texas, Sass, who comes from a very different background and has very different views from Mr. Copley. Because this is not about issues that are exclusive to the left or the right. This is about the shared experience of being a grassroots politician, what it means to put yourself in that vulnerable position, and what it means for all of us who live in the society that we create because of the choices we make at the ballot box.

-Matt, Waging Dialogue


Bo Copley is a lifelong West Virginian who worked in the coal industry for eleven years. After his meeting with Hillary Clinton went viral, Bo appeared on news programs around the world, including Katie Couric’s coverage of election night 2016. Bo subsequently ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in West Virginia. Today, Bo serves on the Mingo County Republican Executive Committee and works for an insulation contractor. He lives in Delbarton, WV with his wife Lauren and their three children.
Alice Lombardo Maher, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in New York City. Dr. Maher believes that the same dynamics that underlie psychoanalytic theory and methodology are at work within the greater society, but popular culture tends to dismiss them or use them as weapons to marginalize, trivialize, or ridicule the humanity of others. She believes that our ability to understand the emotional experience of the other and communicate across divides is a complex and difficult process, one that involves a language yet to be discovered. Dr. Maher founded Waging Dialogue and its parent organization, Changing our Consciousness, in 2009 to develop the tools to confront that problem in a unique and effective way. Her goal is no less than a change in our consciousness.
Todd Drezner is the director of The Campaign of Miner Bo. His first documentary, Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic, was inspired by his son Sam. It screened at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day, won awards at film festivals around the country, and was nationally released on VOD and DVD. The Campaign of Miner Bo has aired on PBS stations around the country and screened at several film festivals. Before he started producing his own films, Todd worked as an editor of several award-winning documentaries, which were released theatrically and aired on television.  When he is not working on documentaries, Todd produces and edits videos for large companies and non-profit organizations. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.
Sass was a restaurant worker in Austin, TX who, like many, was laid off from both of his serving gigs at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. While stuck at home watching multiple crises unfold in the country, Sass spotted an opportunity to make a positive difference by starting a campaign to run for the US House of Representatives in a brand new district. We invite him to join this panel to bring an additional perspective.
Screen the film any time here and then register to watch the panel here!