Documentary Needs Funds To Report On The Power Of The Latino Vote


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Over the next seven months, an award-winning film crew directed by Gianpaolo Pietri will study and document how influential Hispanics are in electing winners in key races of the upcoming congressional Midterms in November of 2014, and how their choices shape the agenda for the upcoming presidential election in 2016. This will serve as part of a larger film study that will run all the way up to the 2016 presidential elections.
They will travel the country, covering key races in battleground states,  interviewing candidates, speaking with experts, listening to everyday voters, profiling Hispanic citizens, holding town hall meetings, and more in order to try and decipher “El Voto Hispano”, the Hispanic vote and what it means to America.

The Facts Behind This Documentary

In 2008 and 2012, the Hispanic community constituted 9% and 10%,   respectively, of the total votes in Obama’s electoral victories. In 2012  alone, more than 11 million votes were cast from within this quickly growing minority.
In 2014, Hispanics will not only influence, they will in some cases decide the outcome of key congressional races that will determine the balance of  power in Congress.
The demographic shift happening in America is compelling. Population breakdowns, voter preferences, party affiliations, turnout rates, and on and on. These statistics paint a very specific picture, one that is changing quickly towards Latinos and we will break them down for the audience throughout the film.
But the numbers tell only half the story.
In looking at polls, surveys, census graphs, the most important thing of all gets lost: The Human Factor. And that’s where their story begins. The drama of this story lies at the intersection of its three main characters: The Voters, The Politicians, and the Media.

The arc of the story based on 3 main characters

The story follows one voter, one correspondent, and interviews a wide range of prominent politicians as they weave their way through the  tapestry of American politics during the 2014 Midterm election cycle  defining for themselves who they are, what they believe in, what it  means to be Hispanic in this new American paradigm, and what role do  they play in the future of their country.
This is a story of people in power, in the media, and in cities and towns across America who want to understand what the future of America will look like and what is their place within it.
The Voter
The voter will be an 18 year old female, second generation Latina college student who just became eligible to vote between January and April of 2014. She’s an Independent trying to discover what her values are and how they translate into her vote for the men and/or women that will represent her in Congress.
The Correspondent
The journalist is a 35 year old Hispanic male born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Having been born and raised on the island, an unincorporated territory of the United States, he is an American citizen who has never been eligible to vote for President or in Congressional elections. Throughout his life he has had questions about his identity and cultural heritage. Without the power to vote he seeks other ways to solIdify his sense of Self, his singular identity.
The Politicians
As for the politicians, we will interview some of the most prominent over the last couple of decades as they try hard to attract Latino voters.  We will also interview new players, both Hispanic and non-Hispanic, to see how they feel about this new paradigm and what they are doing to adjust their strategy and policy outlook to garner support from this formidable voting bloc (see our interviewee list below for more details).

Goals of the Project

We look to Kickstarter and all of you for help in funding the project in order to protect against the commercialization of the film  and ensure a balanced and objective approach to our investigation.
In that spirit, “El Voto Hispano” is a non-partisan effort to create  awareness among Americans of the changing landscape in their country’s  demographics, as well as, and more importantly, create awareness among  Hispanic voters of the importance to exercise their right to participate in the electoral process with their vote.

Purpose of the Project – Ask the Right Questions

With 23 million eligible Hispanic voters and 50,000 Hispanic youths turning 18 and becoming voter eligible every month, the implications are vast.  Serious questions still loom about what the Hispanic voting bloc means for America’s political and cultural future.
More and more, people want to know what the power of the Hispanic vote will lead to, and how Hispanics are already changing the face of America. This film is about sparking debate and trying to answer these questions, or at the very least, getting the conversation started. 

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