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Project of the Day: Politics Isn't Just Child's Play

By Devin Lee Fuller | Indiewire July 18, 2012 at 10:00AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.
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Follow the Leader

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Follow the Leader" and "Reality Check Interactive"

Tweetable Logline:

A teenage coming-of-age story. A live event that reveals what people really think. A way to more meaningful political dialogue in 2012.
 
Elevator Pitch:
 

"Follow the Leader" is a real-life coming-of-age story about three traditional American boys who want to be President.

They start out as sixteen-year-old High School Class Presidents who are all conservative – and then split into Republican, Democratic and Independent camps over three years. As the film unfolds, they discover what they truly believe, who they truly want to become as adults.

It's provocative and funny, yet non-ideological. Outreach plans feature the cross-media project "Reality Check Interactive" – which combines an episodic film presentation with interactive voting. Will you help us spark meaningful and reflective conversations surrounding the 2012 Elections?

 
Production Team:
 

Director/Producer/Camera/Editor: Jonathan Goodman Levitt (Sunny Intervals and Showers)
Co-Editor/Story Consultant: Carla Ruff (Steve Earle: Just an American Boy)
Music: David Schweitzer (Charlie and Lola, The Cat in the Hat series, The Taking of Prince Harry) and Zack Martin (The Way We Get By)
Graphics Producer: Emily Branham (Legend: A Film about Greg Garing)
Design and Animation: Dave Tecson (Co-Founder of After Effects, The Kid Stays in the Picture, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Life 2.0); Cassidy Gearhart (In A Dream); Emily Branham
Consulting Editor: Adam Zucker (Carol Channing: Larger than Life, Ken Burns' The West, Greensboro: Closer to the Truth)
Consulting Editor: Nancy Kennedy (Why We Fight, For The Bible Tells Me So, Saturday Night Live)
Consulting Editor: Pagan Harleman (State of the Union, Hopkins)
Additional Cinematography: Alex Stikich (America Revealed, Good Fortune, What Would Jesus Buy?)
Sound Mixing: Adam Severs (Wuthering Heights)
Re-Recording Mixer: Rob Daly (Bowling for Columbine, My Country, My Country, My Lai, Sita Sings the Blues)

 
About the Production:
 

"I lived abroad for a decade, and would come home to teach over summers. After 9/11, students' worldviews had radically shifted overnight. I felt confused by what struck me as contradictory politics among teens who had learned what it meant to be American amid mass political hysteria.

"As I considered moving back 7 years ago, I started making a film about what I didn't understand. But rather than defining a generation's political opinion, I focused on three ambitious teens who had adopted the “war on terror” mentality wholeheartedly – and then charted the changes brought by maturity and budding adulthood." -- Jonathan Goodman Levitt

Current Status:

Post-production.

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