The politics nerds at PubliCola have teamed up with the film nerds at Northwest Film Forum to put on a civic film fest over the 4th of July weekend.

We asked the mayoral candidates to introduce their favorite political movie, explaining why their pick packs such a political punch.

NWFF has all the details, including which candidate picked a documentary about a famously corrupt mayor! 

Mayor Mike McGinn kicks off the series on Friday night at 8 with his pick, To Kill a Mockingbird. And there'll be an opening night soiree afterward... in the lobby with wine and pizza (provided by Big Mario's).

We've already told you what our favorite political movies are. Erica's is Shattered Glass and mine is the Night of the Living Dead—all late '60s movies were allegories about Vietnam, race, and the counterculture. And zombies are certainly one rich metaphor.

I also love 1957's prescient A Face in the Crowd, which I discovered, perfectly enough, during the Sarah Palin era, and couldn't stop raving about.

But far more interesting than our favorite political movies would be, say, what former Mayor Greg Nickels' favorite political film is.

Nickels, it turns out,  is quite a movie buff. He says he has about 800 DVD and Blu-ray movies—after getting rid of several hundred VHS movies. He also says, his collection is "deep in baseball, Christmas, and political titles."

"Well, that's a tough one," he said when asked to pick one favorite politics movie.

Nickels says he loves oldies such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (that was a Tim Burgess' pick for our festival before he dropped out of the mayor's race) and Cold War dramas such as Advise and Consent, Seven Days in May, and (the awesome) The Manchurian Candidate.  

Nickels also says he likes more recent and/or "lighter fare" such as Dave and Charlie Wilson's War. And he calls the recent Lincoln a "masterpiece of political biography."

Nickels, who was mayor from 2001 to 2009, settled on Rob Reiner's The American President.

"My favorite is Rob Reiner's The American President. No one does dialogue like Sorkin and this precursor to The West Wing (our [Nickels and his wife Sharon's] favorite television series) has a hopeful tone without ignoring the foibles of our national politics. Oh and A.J. (MacInerney) is  Tim Ceis."

A.J. MacInerney is Martin Sheen's character, the president's chief of staff. Ceis was Nickels' deupty mayor.  I haven't seen The American President, so I'm not quite sure what he's getting at with the Ceis comparison, but Ceis was famously a crafty political chess master.

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