How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories

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How Democracy Works Now:
Twelve Stories
How Democracy Works Now - Twelve Stories.jpg
Directed by Shari Robertson
Michael Camerini
Produced by Shari Robertson
Michael Camerini
Series Coordinating Producer:
Rachel Salmon
Senior Associate Producer:
Jeni Morrison
Music by Mark Suozzo
Cinematography Michael Camerini
Edited by “Senior Series Editor:”
Mark Juergens
Editors: Jane Rizzo
Production
company
The Epidavros Project Inc.
Country United States
Language English

How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories is a 12-part documentary film series that examines the American political system through the lens of immigration reform from 2001–2007. The films were directed and produced by award-winning filmmaking team Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini.

How Democracy Works Now premiered on HBO with the broadcast debut of The Senators' Bargain on March 24, 2010. A directors' cut of The Senators' Bargain was featured in the 2010 Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Lincoln Center, with the theatrical title Last Best Chance. The second story in the 12-part series, Mountains and Clouds, opened the festival in the same year. The films are touring the United States as part of the Human Rights Watch traveling film festival, and have been exhibited in special events at Columbia University, the Five College Consortium, Georgia College and State University, CUNY and other universities. Since its debut the series has become an important resource for advocates, policy-makers and educators.[1]

Release schedule[edit]


How Democracy Works Now Production Status
Status TV Premiere Festivals
and Screenings
DVD Release
Story 1: The Game is On Released Goethe-Institut Sept. 1, 2010
Story 2: Mountains and Clouds Released HBO March 24, 2010 Human Rights Watch
Goethe-Institut
Sept. 1, 2010
Story 3: You Never Know Post-Production TBA
Story 4: Sam in the Snow Released Goethe-Institut Sept. 1, 2010
Story 5: The Kids Across the Hill Post-Production Goethe-Institut TBA
Story 6: Marking Up The Dream Released HBO March 24, 2010 Goethe-Institut Sept. 1, 2010
Story 7: Ain't the for Nothin' Post-Production TBA
Story 8: The Road to Miami Post-Production TBA
Story 9: Protecting Arizona Post-Production TBA
Story 10: Brothers and Rivals Post-Production TBA
Story 11: The Senate Speaks Post-Production Goethe-Institut
Philanthropy NY
TBA
Story 12: Last Best Chance
AKA The Senator's Bargain
Released HBO March 24, 2010 (as "The Senators' Bargain") Human Rights Watch
Goethe-Institut
Sept. 1, 2010

Reception[edit]

How Democracy Works Now films have received a positive response, including reviews from The New York Times,[2] The Boston Globe,[3] Reuters,[4] Congress.org, New American Media[5] and Newsweek.[6] Publications have cited the films as important resources for advocates and policy makers. Variety[7] said the films had the potential to "help change hearts and minds" and Change.org[8] wrote that the series is "a must-watch for anyone interested in learning more about how good ideas can turn into legislation."

Touring schedule[edit]

Story 12: Last Best Chance is currently a part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, where it continues to receive positive reviews. In advance of its March 24, 2011 screening at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)[9] The San Francisco Chronicle called the film the "heart" of the traveling festival and in many ways "the most chilling... [at] the festival" for chronicling "human rights that are being abused in the United States."[10]

Story 12: Last Best Chance along with Story 2: Mountains and Clouds screenings in June, 2010 with the Festival at Lincoln Center were reviewed as "mandatory for whoever wants to learn about the democratic process and the working of Washington’s political elite."[11]

According to the series website, the filmmakers are planning future screenings in Kansas and Los Angeles.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acclaimed Political Documentary Series ‘How Democracy Works Now’ Announces Washington D.C. Screenings". Immigrationprof Blog. May 3, 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  2. ^ A Grand Pact Goes Wrong
  3. ^ Aucoin, Don (March 24, 2010). "A focus on Kennedy as fighter for reform". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  4. ^ Kearney, Christine (March 23, 2010). "Film shows Kennedy battle for immigration reform". Reuters. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  5. ^ "HBO Film Delves into Immigration Reform’s ‘Grand Bargain’ - NAM". News.newamericamedia.org. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  6. ^ "HBO Documentary Highlights Tough Battle for Immigration Reform". The Daily Beast. March 25, 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Ted (May 1, 2010). "Hollywood turns focus to immigration". Variety. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  8. ^ Lal, Prerna (June 4, 2010). "Marking Up the DREAM: Recalling the DREAM Act in 2003". change.org. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  9. ^ "Last Best Chance". Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  10. ^ G. Allen Johnson (March 10, 2011). "Human Rights Watch Film Festival: an overview". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  11. ^ "New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2010". Film Festival Today. July 10, 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 

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