THERE'S SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT VOTING IN AMERICA
For starters, where is the Electoral Collegeand does it have a winning football team? Why does America have 13,000 voting districts, each with its own set of rules? And why are residents of our nation’s capital denied full voting rights?
Electoral Dysfunction, a feature-length documentary created by a team of award-winning filmmakers, uses humor and wit to take an irreverent—but nonpartisan—look at voting in America. Following a dual premiere at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the program was broadcast nationally on PBS and had its cable premiere in 2016 on Pivot. It can be viewed in streaming format on Vudu, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Prime. It is also available on DVD for home, educational and institutional use.
Hosted by 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 opens as Mo makes an eye-opening discovery: The U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote.
Classroom Edition To Be Featured at “Teaching About the 2016 Elections” Conference at University of Wisconsin – 9/24/16
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the award-winning Classroom Edition of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION will be featured at a conference on “Teaching About the 2016 Elections: Preparing Students for Political Engagement.” Hosted by the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, this day-long conference is an opportunity for K-12 teachers to learn about election-related issues; to receive training in effective learning strategies; and to be introduced to national civic education programs and their curricula. The film will be featured at a keynote session for all conference attendees; a breakout session will offer educators the opportunity to delve more deeply into the curriculum that accompanies the Classroom Edition. To learn more or to register for the conference, visit https://eop.education.wisc.edu/eop/professional-learning/conferences-institutes/teachingaboutthe2016elections
Southampton Arts Center to Host Screening and Discussion of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION – 8/11/16
The Southampton Arts Center in Southampton, NY will host a screening and discussion of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION on Thursday, August 11, at 7 pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session. To learn more or reserve tickets, visit http://southamptonartscenter.org/event/screening-electoral-dysfunction/
Classroom Edition Named a Finalist in Two Competitions
The producers of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION are excited to announce that the Classroom Edition is a finalist in two award competitions:
The REVERE Awards, now in its 50th year, which identify and honor high-quality resources that educate learners of all ages, in all media and in all educational environments. The Classroom Edition is one of two finalists in the Social Sciences/History category; and
The CINE Awards, which since 1957 have honored and championed creators of exceptional media content. Here are comments from one of the CINE judges:
What are the strengths of this production?
Where do I begin? Fantastic delivery of a very dry topic. Yet the information is so necessary to our young voters. This is a prime example of how through humor, graphics, intelligent writing, and great narration, you can educate all of us, not just children. Outstanding film!
What are the weaknesses of this production?
There are none.
Distribution of the CLASSROOM EDITION is going strong; to date, more than 5,000 educators have received our materials. To view these resources online or to request a DVD and printed guide, visit www.electoraldysfunction.org/classroom.
Classroom Edition To Be Featured at California Social Studies Conference – 3/4/16
On Friday, March 4, 2016, the California Council for the Social Studies will feature three screenings and discussions of the ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION CLASSROOM EDITION at its annual conference in Costa Mesa. Hosted by political humorist Mo Rocca and officially endorsed by NCSS, the Classroom Edition is a 36-minute version of the award-winning PBS documentary on voting and voting rights. The ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION team is planning to give free copies of the Classroom Edition DVD to at least 500 conference attendees. Filmmaker Bennett Singer will be at the conference to discuss the film and the issues it raises. For more details on the conference, visit http://www.ccss.org/conference
Classroom Edition Available Online and at NCSS Conference
The Classroom Edition of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION is now available online and on DVD. Attendees at the 2015 NCSS Conference in New Orleans can stop by Booth 739 to pick up a free DVD (while supplies last) and to meet the filmmakers, who will be attending the conference. The Classroom Edition has been officially endorsed by NCSS. Visit www.electoraldysfunction.org/classroom to view the video online, to download the accompanying curriculum guide, or to request a DVD by mail.