Recently a young filmmaker called David Burstein came to visit us at the Disinformation offices in New York. David’s film, 18 in 08, is one that I recommend to anyone eligible to vote in this year’s national elections, but especially first time voters. I promised David I’d run the press release announcing the film on disinfo.com – so here it is:
“18 in ’08” Issues Call to Action for
Youths to Vote and Get Involved and Engaged in Politics
NEW YORK, December 7, 2007 — 18 in ’08, a documentary made by a 19-year-old that serves as a call to action for youths to vote and get involved and engaged with politics, and which has been endorsed by an array of national political leaders and well-known media and educational figures, is now available on DVD. It can be purchased through amazon.com, and 18 in 08.
Co-Produced and directed by Weston, CT resident David D. Burstein, who began work on the film two years ago when he was just 17 years old, 18 in ’08 was developed from interviews Burstein conducted with past and present Presidential candidates, Members of Congress, senators, governors, mayors, public policy experts, student leaders, and a diverse group of young Americans. It is a nonpartisan film targeting today’s 17-to-24-year-olds, many of whom will be eligible to vote in their first Presidential election in 2008.
The film highlights what is at stake for youth in the 2008 election; how decisions made in Washington today will affect young people for years to come; the role of new media in engaging young voters; candidates who have inspired youth; and the issues and ideas that engage this generation – what interests them and why they are so cynical about politics.
“Over 29 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 will be eligible to vote in 2008,” Burstein said. “If that power is harnessed properly, young people could swing the outcome of the election – if we all show up. The film’s message is that young people can and should take their future into their own hands by participating with and engaging in our democracy.”
Among the array of prominent figures that appear in the film are Senator John Kerry, Former Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Robert Byrd, Senator Chris Dodd, Senator Barbara Boxer, Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker, renowned newsman Sam Donaldson, actor Richard Dreyfuss, pundit James Carville and historian Howard Zinn.
Contact 18 in ’08 at info @ 18in08.com or visit their website at 18 in 08.