Presidential Debate Prep for the 99%
NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Coinciding with the first 2012 Presidential debate, SnagFilms released Heist: Who Stole the American Dream, the first of five Snag the Vote October digital premieres helping to inform the electorate in advance of the election. Heist, a New York Times critics’ pick film, focuses on what the New York Times called the central substantive difference in last night’s debate: the appropriate role of government in spurring growth and improving citizens’ lives.
The film screened the day before the first Presidential debate at New York City’s Downtown Community Television Center, and included a live Q&A moderated by Eric Kohn of Indiewire that featured the directors (Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher) and one of the film’s experts, David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter formerly of the New York Times. The entire event was streamed live online via Snag Social Screening(TM) technology that connects viewers directly with one another and to the filmmakers and relevant experts. The film is now available on demand at SnagFilms through October 14.
Heist is one of more than 100 films featured in Snag the Vote 2012 an unprecedented, free, online film festival running through Election Day, showcasing movies chosen to illuminate 10 key issues defining the 2012 Presidential election. Subsequent premieres are described here.
“If our Presidential candidates receive debate prep notebooks that are 4 inches thick, surely the American voter deserves more than a sound bite for their own preparation,” said Rick Allen, CEO of SnagFilms. “Heist is a perfect example of a thought-provoking, compelling movie that brings the election’s big issues to life for voters – with great films from noted directors. That’s Snag the Vote’s unique contribution.”
Noting that the economy consistently has polled as the top issue in this election and dominated the first debate, the Heist panel said the film’s intention was to investigate the underlying causes of the decline in middle class real wages and America’s growing class stratification. In what the New York Times headlined as “The Clash of Philosophies,” the Presidential candidates on Wednesday offered clear differences about the optimal role of government; Heist goes beyond either man, calling for greater government regulation of corporate power. As journalist Johnston opined at the screening, “the role of government is to stop those who want to tilt the playing field… You don’t need rules to regulate the saints but to control the sinners.”
“Snag the Vote does not advocate for or against these filmmakers’ vision, or the others in the series,” CEO Allen noted. “We showcase strong arguments so as to catalyze viewers – to provide them with new perspectives for the Presidential election and chances to deepen the national dialogue.” The films selected for the Snag the Vote explore the issues that pop in political polls across the country: Economy and Jobs, Health Care, Immigration, the Environment, Foreign Affairs, Energy, National Security, Education, Civil Liberties, and the political process.
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