ADVISORY: Advance Screening of Electoral Dysfunction Starring Mo Rocca
Contact: Katie Peters
Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, September 19, the Center for American Progress will host a special advance screening of “Electoral Dysfunction,” a feature-length documentary that explores the right to vote. Slated for theatrical release and PBS broadcast in the fall of 2012, the film stars the political humorist Mo Rocca, a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning,” a panelist on NPR’s hit quiz show “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”, and a former correspondent for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The film, created by a team of award-winning filmmakers, uses humor and wit to take an irreverent—but nonpartisan—look at voting in America.
After making the eye-opening discovery that the right to vote is missing from the Constitution, Mo Rocca sets out on a road trip to see how voting works—and doesn’t work—in America. Mo investigates the heated battle over Voter ID and voter fraud; searches for the Electoral College; critiques ballot design with Todd Oldham; and explores the case of a former felon who was sentenced to 10 years in prison—for the crime of voting.
The film’s findings build upon recent CAP work illustrating how voter suppression efforts have translated into an attack against the right to vote across the country. Conservative legislators have been introducing and passing legislation that creates new barriers for those registering to vote that shortens the early voting period and imposes new requirements for already-registered voters. By manipulating the system, conservative politicians aim to make it harder for millions of eligible voters to cast their ballot; including seniors, college students, low-income voters, and minorities.
A panel discussion and Q&A session will follow the screening.
Bennett Singer, Producer/Director/Writer, “Electoral Dysfunction”
Anne Johnson, Director, Campus Progress
Tara McGuinness, Senior VP for Communications, Center for American Progress; Executive Director, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Landmark E Street Cinema
E Street (between 10th and 11th Streets NW)
Washington, D.C. 20004
For additional information, please contact Katie Peters at email@example.com or 202.741.6285.
To speak with our experts on this topic, please contact:
Print: Liz Bartolomeo (poverty, health care)
202.481.8151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Tom Caiazza (foreign policy, energy and environment, LGBT issues, gun-violence prevention)
202.481.7141 or email@example.com
Print: Allison Preiss (economy, education)
202.478.6331 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Tanya Arditi (immigration, Progress 2050, race issues, demographics, criminal justice, Legal Progress)
202.741.6258 or email@example.com
Print: Chelsea Kiene (women's issues, TalkPoverty.org, faith)
202.478.5328 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Benton Strong (Center for American Progress Action Fund)
202.481.8142 or email@example.com
Spanish-language and ethnic media: Jennifer Molina
202.796.9706 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TV: Rachel Rosen
202.483.2675 or email@example.com
Radio: Sally Tucker
202.482.8103 or firstname.lastname@example.org