By Kat L’Estrange
STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote directed by Dorothy Fadiman, featuring Greg Palast brings together dramatic behind-the-scenes stories related to the election of November 2, 2004. The heart of the story is a candid assessment of ways in which privatized election systems, disenfranchisement of certain populations and vulnerable voting technology are impacting our democracy. After several years of intensive shooting, editing and feedback screenings, STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote will premiere in New York City Friday, August 1st. Greg Palast and others will take questions at the NYC showing.
Interviewees include poll workers, computer experts, journalists, politicians, voters of all ages and others concerned about reports that certain communities had been targeted for intimidation. STEALING AMERICA reviews circumstantial evidence of machine tampering. The film introduces a spectrum of issues, including discrepancies between exit polls and final official tallies, the silence of the media following the election and the impact of technological glitches such as vote flipping. The film documents stories such as those of inner city voters and students at Kenyon and other campuses who experienced waiting hours in line, along with the apparent unequal distribution of voting machines. Throughout, it underscores that election reform is not a partisan issue. It is the responsibility of both Democrats and Republicans to work with each other to address these issues. Various solutions to real problems are integrated into the film.
The goal of this film is be provocative, but not confrontational. The filmmakers want to engage viewers who may be uncomfortable looking at what is actually happening to our election system. Fadiman does not want them to become defensive when learning the facts. The goal is to open people’s minds to the irregularities in the technology and open their hearts to the devastating impact of disenfranchising voters. The final question that the film poses is: How can we create an election system in which voters have confidence, and in which they can trust that their vote is being counted fairly?
STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote
A New Documentary Film
Directed and Produced by
EMMY Award winning, OSCAR-nominated Documentary Filmmaker
Screening Schedule, September-October 2006
1. August 1st thru 7th at the Quad Cinema
GREG PALAST will introduce the film at the early evening
(after dinner) screening. Check the website on Aug. 1 for
for the exact time.
34 West 13th St. New York City, NY
2. August 15th thru 21st at the Laemmle’s Music Hall 3
BRUCE O’DELL and JONATHAN SIMON will introduce the film
at the early evening (after dinner) screening.
Check the website on Aug. 2 for
for the exact time.
9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA
3. August 15th thru 21st at the Chez Artiste 3
4150 E Amherst Ave. Denver, CO
4. August 22nd thru 28th at the Ritz at Bourse
400 Ranstead Street On Fourth Street between Market and Chestnut
5. August 29th thru September 4th at the E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW Washington, D.C.
6. August 29th thru September 4th at the Kendall Sq Cinema
One Kendall Sq. Cambridge, MA
7. August 29th thru September 4th at the Lagoon 5
1320 Lagoon Ave. Minneapolis, MN
8. August 29th thru September 4th at the Devargas Mall Cinema 6
562 N Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM
9. September 5th thru 11th at the Shattuck 10
2230 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA
10. September 5th thru 11th at the Lumiere 3
1572 California St. San Francisco, CA
11. September 5th thru 11th at the Regal Arbor Cinema
9828 Great Hills Trail Suite 800 Austin, TX
12. September 5th thru 11th at the Varsity 3
4329 University Way NE Seattle, WA
13. September 26th thru October 2 at Landmark’s Gateway Theatre
50 N. High Street Columbus, OH
For individual screening flyers for each city, please visit: www.concentric.org/stealingamericascreenings