CCWHIP PRODUCTIONS specializes in documentary films. Teaming with filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet (Goldfish Pictures) and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and producer David Hume Kennerly, CCWHIP produced The Presidents’ Gatekeepers, a critically-acclaimed look at the role of the White House chiefs of staff.
CAST OF THE PRESIDENTS' GATEKEEPERS
THOMAS F. “MACK” MCLARTY
1991 – 1992
White House Screening
The Presidents’ Gatekeepers: Review of a New Film about the Chiefs of Staff
A new documentary highlighting the men “catching the javelins meant for the old man” goes inside the second-toughest job in Washington: White House chief of staff. By Eleanor Clift
You’d think with a four-hour documentary, there wouldn’t be much on the cutting room floor. But the producers of The Presidents’ Gatekeepers had 90 hours of footage to cull, and they likened the editing process to using a meat cleaver. In a way it shows — the opening scenes of this ambitious documentary jump around among the 20 living chiefs of staff interviewed irrespective of when they served and without a narrative timeline that seems to make sense.
The Presidents’ Gatekeepers – A Fascinating Look Inside the Oval Office.
It’s been called “the toughest job I ever had,” “a heat shield for the president,” “the biggest honor of my life,” and like “walking a high-wire rope with no net below you.” Yet every man, without question, said he would do it again—to serve his country and “be at the center of history.”
For the first time, all 20 living White House chiefs of staff sat for exclusive interviews in The Presidents’ Gatekeepers, a four-hour documentary that premiered last week on Discovery Channel. The series offered a masterful look at the men who have served as the president’s closest advisers and most powerful consiglieres over 50 years and nine administrations.