Not only do we have some fine films for you, we've got filmmakers, too. Here's who we know is coming, so you can quiz 'em after their screening. Keep your eye on this list for updates:
Awake Zion Monica Haim, director
Call it Democracy Matt Kohn, director
Chickens in the City Christie Herring, director
Derailroaded Joshua Rubin, director & Jeremy Lubin, producer
EARS, OPEN. Eyeballs, Click. Tim Ahlin, producer
Ghetto Fabulous Brian Lilla, director
Hush Mike Seely, director
In a Nutshell: A Portrait of Elizabeth Tashjian Don Bernier, director
The Loss of Nameless Things Bill Rose, director
Mana: Beyond Belief Peter Friedman, codirector
Nature's Blueprints Mike Seely, director
Occupation: Dreamland Garrett Scott, codirector
POPaganda: The Art & Subversion of Ron English Pedro Carvajal, director
Small Town Secrets Katherine Leggett, director
Spotters Katherine Leggett, director
Matt Kohn’s Call it Democracy is a powerful, incisive look at our broken electoral process. Should the Electoral College be banished? Are our elections fair? Can they be manipulated — and have they been manipulated? Call it Democracy will definitely get you thinking and talking. We’ll be following the screenings with panel dicussions featuring some heavy hitters in the world of election reform and voters rights. Here's the line-up of panelists:
TUE 5/17 following the 7:15pm screening at the Little Roxie
Prof. JACK RAKOVE
Jack Rakove is W. R. Coe Professor of History and American Studies and professor of political science at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1980. His writings focus on the revolutionary origins of American constitutionalism, the political thought and career of James Madison, and the role of history in constitutional adjudication and politics. He is author of four books including Original Meanings:
Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (1996), which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997, and the editor of four others, including James Madison: Writings (1999) and The Unfinished Election of 2000 (2001).
RICHARD WINGER, Editor, Ballot Access News Richard Winger is editor and publisher of Ballot Access News, a newsletter covering legal, legislative and political developments of interest to minor parties and independent candidates. He is a researcher of ballot access laws of all 50 states from years 1888-present; well versed in how ballot access laws of each state work historically and how they compare to each other. He has contributed chapters to numerous books, has appeared as an expert witness in trials across the United States and has appeared nationally on CNN, ABC, and NBC, NPR, among many others. He is also on the Editorial Board of the Election Law Journal.
SAT 5/21 follwoing the 5:15pm screening at the Women's Building
Prof. DAVID L. DILL, Director, Verified Voting.Org Prof. David L. Dill is Associate Professor of Computer Science and, Electrical Engineering at Stanford University since 1987. His primary research interests relate to the theory and application of formal verification techniques to system designs, including hardware, protocols, and software. in 2002, Prof. Dill founded the Verified Voting Foundation and VerifiedVoting.org to champion champion transparent, reliable, and publicly verifiable elections in the United States. He set the tone, which is objective, well-researched, and non-partisan. Since becoming involved in the electronic voting controversy, Prof. Dill has served on the California Secretary of State’s Ad Hoc Task Force on Touch-Screen Voting and currently serves on the IEEE P1583 Committee and Santa Clara County’s Citizen’s DRE Oversight Board. He recently (4/2005) testified at the Carter-Baker Commission on Election Reform.
KIM ZETTER Senior Reporter, Wired News
Kim Zetter covers privacy, security, cyber terrorism and public policy for Wired News, in addition to general news stories. Kim has won several awards for stories she has written or edited and has appeared on CNN, TechTV and local San Francisco broadcast stations discussing topics ranging from computer hackers and viruses to travel websites.
Prior to joining Wired News, she was a features editor at PC World magazine. Kim lived in the Middle East for three years, where she wrote about the region's politics and cultures. Kim has also written for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, the Detroit Free Press, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne, Australia), PC World and Smart Business, among other publications.
In 2004 Kim Zetter was a finalist for the Investigative Journalism award, as judged by other other investigative Editors and Reporters. Wired News produced this series of online reports on the rush to purchase electronic voting machines after the Florida election debacle of 2000. Zetter found that the new machines are not very secure. It turns out that source codes for the machines were easy to obtain, voting machines were left unattended for days before elections and could easily be tampered with, Diebold Election Systems' (one of the main voting machine manufacturers) company server was easy to hack into, and there were numerous incidents of inaccuracies in voting results. Zetter also found hidden financial ties between Diebold and a group of disabled activists pushing for the adoption of the machines.