Statecraft: The Bush 41 Team

Statecraft: The Bush 41 Team

The new Miller Center/VPM documentary explores this consequential presidency


About the film

“The more I study the end of the Cold War,” says historian Jeffrey Engel at the beginning of Statecraft, “the more amazed I am that we're all still alive.”

Statecraft examines the Cold War struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States and how the foreign policy team of President George H. W. Bush guided the country. The film explores the challenges of a series of major upheavals through the recollections of the individuals who faced them. Finally, it considers the legacy—both positive and negative—of this consequential American presidency.


Meet the filmmaker

Lori Shinseki has worked in documentary film production for more than 20 years. Before Statecraft, she directed The Twinning Reaction, the disturbing story of identical twins separated in infancy and secretly studied by psychologists in the 1960s. Shinseki co-produced the HBO film Wartorn 1861–2010 and the PBS FRONTLINE series Missile Wars. She has served as associate producer on numerous other FRONTLINE programs and on Bill Moyers’ Emmy-winning documentary Trade SecretsA graduate of Duke University, Shinseki earned her MA from Stanford University. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, Tim Heaphy, and their three children.