In 2013, We're the People started as a documentary about voter apathy, as seen through the microcosm of Wendy Davis' 2014 gubernatorial race in Texas, we well as the 2016 presidential race at large. This year, we will be finished with the movie and use it to help bring attention to our organization and motivate voters to get to the polls.
Is this a political movie?
No, not at all. Just like all of We’re the People, it's about politics; but no, it's not a political movie. Voting is about passion. About caring for your community, your country, and your future.
It's not about politics; it's about passion.
Weren’t you supposed to be done with this by now?
I thought so too!
When We’re the People was conceptualized, the plan was simple: I’d live in Texas for a month, exploring what was getting people active in the 2014 Gubernatorial campaign. In November, I’d return on election night, to be there as the results came in. On this night, Texas would have magically had 100% voter turnout, voter apathy would have been cured, and this movie would be complete. Problem solved. You’re welcome world!
The first part of the plan went great. Perfect. I went to Texas. I stayed in Fort Worth but traveled all over a great deal of the state. I met incredible and inspiring people - people that make me want to give up the small amount of sleep I get now and find a way to work as hard as them, to make as much of a difference in this world as them.
After spending a month in Texas, meeting so many energetic campaign volunteers and people looking to have their voices heard, finding out that only 28.5% of eligible Texans voted was disappointing, to say the least. Once again, Texas had the lowest voter turnout in the country.
The idea behind this movie has always been to understand why people aren't voting... and then to get them to the polls. To be engaged in their community and their futures. We want to get people to vote. Plain and simple.
To that end, we've decided that we need to see a bigger picture to fully understand voter apathy. The fact is, there's a massive gap in the number of people that vote in a Presidential election versus a non-Presidential election. Understanding that gap, we believe, is going to play a significant part in the movie and the bigger goal of reducing voter apathy.
So - we're expanding the scope of the movie. We believe we can better serve our mission, and quite frankly, make a better movie, if we include the 2016 Presidential campaign.
Obviously, this greatly changes the timeline for completing the movie. This project has always been a movement - a chance to help people understand why voter engagement is so important. It's not about getting people to vote in 2016. It's about getting people to vote in every election.
Didn’t I give you money on IndieGoGo?
You did! It was awesome! I promise I didn't forget. All of the rewards that you get from donating to the movie are coming - but since we're still working on the movie, some of the rewards are still going to take a little bit.