Documentary Shows Inside Look at Roby’s Role in Congress

Jan 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) is the subject of a new Alabama Public Television documentary project offering an inside look at the myriad roles of a United States congressman.
 
Roby agreed to open her office to APT filmmaker Mark Fastoso to capture the daily life of a federal lawmaker and her staff and the work that often goes unseen. Camera crews followed Roby for multiple days in Alabama and Washington, D.C. to get a glimpse into the various responsibilities she has as a congressman, wife and mother.
 
“When Roy Clem and APT approached us about documenting the daily life of a Congressman, I thought it was an interesting idea,” Roby said. “So much goes on in our day-to-day that most never get to see.
 
“With the start of a new Congress and new presidential administration about to take office, there is a lot of interest in government right now. It’s really the perfect time to offer this inside look into what happens in Congress."
 
The film features unique, behind-the-scenes footage of Roby’s activities throughout the halls of Congress, including a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, a meeting with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and multiple office visits from constituents groups. Back home in Alabama, filmmakers went on the road with Roby, capturing her visits throughout the district and even followed her to the grocery store.
 
Roy Clem, Executive Director of Alabama Public Television, said the film is part of APT’s efforts to educate students and adults about government.
 
“This new series of programs supports Alabama Public Television’s commitment to Education, Public Safety, and Civic Leadership and is designed to enlighten children and adults about how our government works,” Clem said.  “We are very grateful to the Congresswoman and her staff for giving Alabama Public Television this kind of access.”
 
Fastoso is known for his most recent work, “JEREMIAH,” the documentary profile of former U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton who famously blinked T-O-R-T-U-R-E as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Fastoso won four Emmy Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award for the film.  
 
“'Inside Congress' gives viewers a glimpse into what it means on a day-to-day basis to answer the call of service and become a member of Congress,” Fastoso said.
 
“Inside Congress: Alabama to DC” is scheduled to air Sunday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m. Central Time on Alabama Public Television. Local listings can be found on the  APT website.
 
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