Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s production company HitRecord started a project called “Are You There, Democracy? It’s Me, The Internet,” which examines the power and influence technology can have over day-to-day democracy in modern society. HitRecord recently solicited answers from the public regarding the question, “Is technology good or bad for democracy?” Many have provided their own video responses to the question, but one special person provided his own thoughts that required a bit more attention. Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who leaked classified information from the NSA that revealed the true nature of their global surveillance program, gave his answer to the question in which he ultimately expressed optimism about technology’s effect on democracy.
Inspired by Snowden’s response, Levitt and HitRecord are seeking help from fans, artists, and media collaborators alike to make a short film based off Snowden’s response. The idea is to visualize and animate Snowden’s ideas so as to turn his thoughts into its own creative expression. You can check out Snowden’s response in full at the HitRecord site. You can also watch Levitt explain this concept further in the video below.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Snowden in the upcoming political thriller “Snowden,” about Snowden’s world-altering actions at the CIA, which will hit theaters on September 16th.