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Thursday, August 31

Gov: Documentary Filmmakers at Fundraiser

Yesterday evening I encountered documentarians Jason Zone Fisher and John Intrater of In The Zone Productions at a house party in Shaker Heights for gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ted Strickland (D-Lisbon). This dynamic duo is in the process of filming "Swing State," a documentary movie about the gubernatorial campaign.

Jason said that they have shot about 45 hours of video so far. They were on the west coast recently and received encouraging words from another documentary filmmaker, Vice President Al Gore. The pair are looking for help with the project, probably from current film students looking for experience and credits.

Here's a shot of Jason at work. The speakers at the event included Jason's father (Lee Fisher), ice cream legend Jerry Greenfield, and Ted Strickland. Greenfield provided ice cream, which I discovered makes an excellent pre-dinner snack.

Here's a shot of Lee Fisher about to hand the microphone off to Ted Strickland. According to their web site, Jason and John have collected interviews with both Clintons, Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Joe Biden, and RNC Chair Ken Mehlman to go along with all the Ohio campaign action they are filming. They've posted a terrific trailer for the documentary, so take a look.


At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jesse Derris, Ken Sunshine Consultants – (212) 691-2800

Sundance Film Fest Award-winning documentary
'AMERICAN BLACKOUT' Opening in Cleveland, Ohio

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and hailed as "powerful" and "engrossing," director Ian Inaba's searing documentary feature American Blackout will open for an engagement in the Cleveland area September 8th-15th at the AMC Magic Johnson Randall Park Mall 12. The release is part of a nationwide theatrical rollout and grassroots DVD effort first launched in Atlanta.

Recently featured in the New York Times, American Blackout is a multi-year effort that chronicles the recurring patterns of minority disenfranchisement witnessed in the 2000 and 2004 elections.

American Blackout gains unprecedented access to one of the most controversial and dangerous politicians in America and examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence political dissent.

This film is a perfect hook for a feature looking at these formidable voting issues as we approach the 2006-midterm elections in November and with the recent debate in Congress over the renewal of the Voting Rights Act. It serves as an alarming wake-up call for voters that forces are actively conspiring to co-opt and even steal their votes.



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