Directors: David Deschamps, Leslie D. Farrell and Bennett Singer (2012)
Starring Mo Rocca
87 minutes | Documentary | Not Rated
REACT to FILM and Southampton Arts Center are pleased to partner for a special screening and Q&A of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION. Described as “fascinating, fun, frightening [and] enlightening” by WBEZ Radio/NPR and as a film “that lives up to its title” by The New York Times, ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION is the first documentary project to take an irreverent—but nonpartisan—look at voting in America. In the same way that An Inconvenient Truth revealed the need for immediate action on global warming—and as Bowling for Columbine exposed the roots of America’s gun culture—the film will help spark a national dialogue on the steps ordinary citizens can take to ensure that every vote counts. As former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and former President Jimmy Carter noted in a bipartisan report on election reform, “Americans are losing confidence in the fairness of elections … We believe the time for acting to improve our electoral system is now.”
Following a national broadcast on PBS and more than 500 campus and community screenings, ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION has won numerous awards, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, the ABA’s highest honor for media projects that foster public understanding of the law. The film is hosted by the Emmy- and Peabody-winning political humorist Mo Rocca, who takes a road trip to learn how voting works — and doesn’t work — in America.
A Q&A with the filmmakers will take place following the screening.
This film will be screened indoors. Seating is limited, advance reservations recommended.
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Sponsored by Dan's Papers Michael Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two created and wrote the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon that went on to win a Gemini Award for Best Animated Series. Two more of the team’s books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family. In addition, Mickey has worked for most major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, to name but a few. Dan’s Papers has proudly used over 100 paintings of Michael’s covers over the past 30 years along with thousands of cartoons and comics.
After a successful debut in May, Southampton Arts Center will once again present the popular Raconteurs Storytelling Evening, this time with the theme of “Secrets”. Each participant will tell a true story about a secret of their own. These short and sweet tales are sure to make you laugh and cry. September Raconteurs include Marissa Fallon Friedes, Sima Freierman, Allan Kronzek, Greg Monske, Mickey Paraskevas, Stefanie Sacks, and Brenda Simmons. Sponsored by Patricia A. Sanders.