Four Seasons Total Documentary Is A Gem

Rudy Giuliani sits at the desk of Four Seasons Total Landscaping owner Marie Siravo, moments before the start of the Trump-related press conference in Philadelphia on Nov. 7, 2020. (MSNBC Films/A Sutter Road/Zipper BrosFilms/Chill Factory Production)

Four Seasons Total Documentary is a short documentary that reflects back on a historic day at the Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

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Remember the infamous press conference last year? None of us could believe it. Surely, the Trump campaign meant the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in Center City. G-d only knows they didn’t mean to book a random landscaping business! As it turns out, the hotel was never in consideration. Given the location of the small business, it was a convenient spot for the campaign to get in and out.  What they–and the reporters on site–did not know was that they were standing outside the Four Seasons Total Landscaping when the networks called the presidential election for Joe Biden. Well, that and both a sex shop and crematorium being among the neighboring businesses. But at long last, we finally to see the side of the story from the small business’s point of view.

“We’re a landscaping company,” owner Marie Siravo says. “We’re experts in ground maintenance, irrigation, seeding, planting. Not press conferences.”

Siravo appears in the documentary along with her son, Michael, the director of operations, and sales director Sean Middleton. New York magazine Washington correspondent Olivia Nuzzi, who co-produces the documentary, also appears to discuss her experiences on the campaign trail and chasing this story for a feature. Glen Zipper, Sean Stuart, Christopher Stoudt, Chris Paonessa, Kevin Lincoln, Doc Crotzer, and Kevin Middleton are among the documentary’s producers. The total run time is just under 30 minutes without commercials.

Prior to the Rudy Giuliani holding his ground on a Saturday, they were a struggling small business. Playing host to a Trump campaign press conference meant a lot of threatening voicemails. However, they used the press conference to their advantage and have since sold well north of $1 million in merchandise. They also had some fun with creating memes. This is rather impressive for a small business that was mostly unknown prior to election week. Since then, they’ve used their earnings to even donate to charities. During this year’s Super Bowl, Marie Siravo even appeared in an ad for Fiverr’s. They took something that could have meant their demise and turned it into the ultimate American Dream.

While the press conference may have been a joke and nearly killed a business, Four Seasons Total Documentary takes a serious point of view in this stranger-than-fiction story. The documentary is this year’s winner of the Solzy Award for Best Documentary Short.

DIRECTOR: Christopher Stoudt
FEATURING: Marie Siravo, Michael Siravo, Sean Middleton, Olivia Nuzzi

MSNBC will air Four Seasons Total Documentary on November 7, 2021 at 10 PM ET.

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.