How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories
|How Democracy Works Now:
|Directed by||Shari Robertson
|Produced by||Shari Robertson
Series Coordinating Producer:
Senior Associate Producer:
|Music by||Mark Suozzo|
|Edited by||“Senior Series Editor:”
Editors: Jane Rizzo
The Epidavros Project Inc.
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.
|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
|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
|Story 12: Last Best Chance
AKA The Senator's Bargain
|Released||HBO March 24, 2010 (as "The Senators' Bargain")||Human Rights Watch
|Sept. 1, 2010|
How Democracy Works Now films have received a positive response, including reviews from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Reuters, Congress.org, New American Media and Newsweek. Publications have cited the films as important resources for advocates and policy makers. Variety said the films had the potential to "help change hearts and minds" and Change.org wrote that the series is "a must-watch for anyone interested in learning more about how good ideas can turn into legislation."
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) 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."
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."
- "Acclaimed Political Documentary Series ‘How Democracy Works Now’ Announces Washington D.C. Screenings". Immigrationprof Blog. May 3, 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- A Grand Pact Goes Wrong
- Aucoin, Don (March 24, 2010). "A focus on Kennedy as fighter for reform". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- Kearney, Christine (March 23, 2010). "Film shows Kennedy battle for immigration reform". Reuters. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "HBO Film Delves into Immigration Reform’s ‘Grand Bargain’ - NAM". News.newamericamedia.org. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "HBO Documentary Highlights Tough Battle for Immigration Reform". The Daily Beast. March 25, 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- Johnson, Ted (May 1, 2010). "Hollywood turns focus to immigration". Variety. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- Lal, Prerna (June 4, 2010). "Marking Up the DREAM: Recalling the DREAM Act in 2003". change.org. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "Last Best Chance". Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- G. Allen Johnson (March 10, 2011). "Human Rights Watch Film Festival: an overview". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2010". Film Festival Today. July 10, 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories Official Website
- Official Series Twitter
- Official Series Facebook
- Official YouTube
- Story 1: The Game is On at the Internet Movie Database
- Story 2: Mountains and Clouds at the Internet Movie Database
- Story 4: Sam in the Snow at the Internet Movie Database
- Story 5: The Kids Across the Hill at the Internet Movie Database
- Story 6: Marking up the Dream at the Internet Movie Database
- Story 11: The Senate Speaks at the Internet Movie Database
- Story 12: Last Best Chance AKA The Senators' Bargain at the Internet Movie Database