Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"Election Day" Film Giveway

Updated May 21st:
We have had an overwhelming response to our Election Day DVD offer! Thank you all so much for your interest. We made the decision this afternoon to give away 75 DVDs instead of 50 due to the volume of emails we received. That being said, we already have 75 interested educators. You will be receiving confirmation emails over the next few days.

If you're not one of the lucky 75, we encourage you to request that your school library purchase Election Day at http://artsengine.net/store

Our seven other documentary films and our Media That Matters collections are all popular with young audiences!

Thank you again for your interest and we hope that the film is helpful in teaching your students about voting processes around the country!

Jolene Pinder
Arts Engine

A generous offer from Jolene Pinder, the producer of Election Day.

"I'm a producer at a documentary film company called Arts Engine here in NYC. I'm writing because I stumbled across your blog and wanted to contact you about an educational outreach project we're organizing for our recent film, Election Day.

Election Day follows an eclectic group of voters over one day, namely Election Day 2004, from the early morning until well after midnight. Capturing people from all walks of life, including an ex-felon voting for the first time at age 50 and a Native American activist working to get out the vote on a South Dakota reservation, the film presents a glimpse of the real life stories that lie underneath the complex electoral process. As these stories intertwine, audiences take in a portrait of American elections that is expansive, revealing and intimate. You can read more about the film here.

As part of an outreach grant we received, we'd like to distribute 50 free copies (free of charge, no shipping cost at all!) to History and American Government teachers around the country this fall. The film also comes with a comprehensive discussion guide developed by the national PBS series P.O.V. (the film was broadcast on P.O.V. last November). We had many successful high screenings around the country. We find that the film really works with the high school audience because they have a chance to see what it's like to vote in many different parts of the country.

The first 50 people to reply will get a free DVD (complete with special features)."

Please contact Jolene at jolene@artsengine.net

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