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Former Milford man participates in PBS special

June 30, 2013


June 30--Milford native Nick Troiano will be on public television this week in a documentary that was partially filmed at Delaware Valley High School.

The film "Follow the Leader," produced by Jonathan Goodman Levitt, followed three politically engaged students as they matured philosophically from ages 16 to 19.

Each started as a conservative, a class president and a teen with aspirations of running wfor president of the United States one day.

Through the years, they split into Republican, Democratic and independent camps, and each reconsiders his presidential ambitions.

Troiano, now 24, went on to pursue a master's degree in American government at Georgetown University. The other two subjects are Ben from Virginia and D.J. from Massachusetts.

The film will premiere on PBS today and re-air through the Fourth of July week as part of the national series "America ReFramed"

"Follow the Leader," was presented at both the Republican and Democratic national conventions in 2012.

"In watching the film for the first time, I saw" a journey of political persuasion, personal relationships and professional development, being shaped by time, experience and my environment," Troiano wrote in a blog about the film. "And while my personal reaction to some scenes was like sucking on sour candy, I got the sense from those around me that they could relate to my story and learn something from it for their own lives."

In addition to showing some faces and places in Pike County, the film features nationally prominent politicians, including President Barack Obama; the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in his final film appearance; Hillary Clinton; Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain and others.


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