Pete Buttigieg has been given a lot of labels: officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves, Mayor of South Bend, Democratic presidential candidate, husband, father, Secretary of Transportation and now, movie star.
A trailer for Amazon's upcoming documentary Mayor Pete offers a rousing glimpse at the film about Buttigieg's run for the presidency, his marriage to Chasten Buttigieg and how the couple handled messaging around the candidate's sexuality on the 2020 trail.
"This is the only chance you'll ever get to vote for a Maltese American, left-handed, Episcopalian, gay, war veteran, mayor, millennial," Buttigieg, 39, says in a scene from the film, adding a few more labels.
Directed by Jesse Moss, the movie follows "the earliest days of the campaign, to his unlikely, triumphant victory in Iowa and beyond," according to a press release from Amazon Studios. "This film reveals what really goes on inside a campaign for the highest office in the land — and the myriad ways it changes the lives of those at its center."
Before becoming the first open member of the LGBTQ community to serve in any administration in a cabinet-level position, Sec. Buttigieg hoped to take the White House. Though he beat out the winner — his current boss, President Joe Biden — in the Iowa Caucuses, Buttigieg eventually dropped out, endorsed Biden and gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that nominated him.
"It's a leap going from being a mayor to being a presidential candidate, but I realized I have something to offer that was just different," Buttigieg says in the film's trailer, which touches on the political fallout he faced for an officer-involved shooting during one of his two terms as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
"The challenge of course is how do you master the game without it changing you," he says in the trailer.
Buttigieg married Chasten, 32, in 2018. They welcomed twins Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg in August.
Running for president as an openly gay candidate has its challenges but the film will give viewers a peek into conversations between Buttigieg and his husband about facing them head on.
"You're going to tell every single gay kid in this country that it gets better," Chasten says in the trailer.
DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty
As the music rises, the trailer adds comments Buttigieg made during his campaign. "You're looking at someone who as a young man wondered if something deep inside of him meant that he would forever be an outsider," he says. "And now you are looking at that same young man, happily married, asking for your vote for president of the United States."
Mayor Pete will be released Nov. 12.