Paul Allen's Vulcan Productions Partners on Short-Film Series to Encourage Voters (Exclusive)
Vulcan and Show of Force, in partnership with FilmBuff, will produce a nonpartisan slate of 21 shorts dubbed 'We the Voters: 21 Films for the People.'
Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions has teamed with production company Show of Force, in partnership with sales and distribution company FilmBuff, to produce the digital short-film series We the Voters: 21 Films for the People.
We the Voters is described as "a nonpartisan digital slate of 21 short films designed to inform, inspire and activate voters nationwide with fresh perspectives on the subjects of democracy, elections and governance in the lead up to the 2016 elections."
The films aim to "demystify how U.S. elections work and promote a call to action for Americans to make informed choices and seize the power of their vote."
The films will feature several famous faces and digital influencers to be announced at a later date. They will be comprised of comedies, documentaries and animated shorts to be distributed across a range of platforms on Sept. 14, ahead of the presidential debates, and Oct. 12, for a final push at encouraging people to vote.
The shorts will tackle questions including "Does one vote make a difference?", "Does money influence elections?", "How can we find balanced news sources?" and "Does protest make things better?"
Viewers also will have access to a digital "voter toolkit" designed as a resource for understanding the issues at stake.
"Any presidential election season invigorates the political landscape, but the 2016 election could be one of the most interesting and polarizing elections in our history," said Carole Tomko, general manager and creative director of Vulcan Productions. "Our goal is to create sharable, digestible and entertaining content that delivers the substance to educate voters around key issues surrounding the election so voters feel equipped to make informed decisions at the polls."
All the films are currently in production, and partnerships with a number of top-tier digital media outlets will be announced before the project launches.
"With so much at stake in the November election, all Americans need to know that their vote counts," said Jeff Dupre, principal at Show of Force. "We the Voters will entertain, educate and motivate people to make their mark and to fully participate in our democracy."
A social media campaign will support digital distribution efforts, while advance teasers highlighting talent and stories will be available in the months ahead at WeTheVoters.com and on the We the Voters app. Meanwhile, PBS Learning Media will create educational materials and guides.
This project comes on the heels of Vulcan's We the Economy, a collection of digital short films produced with Cinelan that features the work of Morgan Spurlock, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Adrian Grenier, Adam McKay, Patton Oswalt and more.