“We're Taking Our Country Back” is a short documentary Columbia College alum Parson Brown and senior documentary student Kevin Gosztola worked on for the “One Chicago, One Nation” Online Video Contest. It takes a look at the challenges communities face culturally, politically, and socially as a result of a growing faction in America known as the Tea Party. It asks communities to consider how they plan to confront the growing threat to public services and social safety nets in communities as a result of an agenda that cries out against Big Government, which is being pushed by Americans who despise America's first African-American president.
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Also, International Student Documentary Competition (ISDC) coordinator and Viva Documentary advisor Anuradha Rana and Columbia television instructor Laurie Little have a short, “Disability Pride” in the contest.
“…weaves 'on the street' interviews with verite footage of the 6th Annual Disability Pride Parade in 2009, to convey human experiences that promote pride through the belief that disability is a natural part of human diversity, and should be celebrated. The parade, held every year in Chicago, is the first of its kind in the world and people travel far and wide to attend the event. The next parade is on July 24, 2010 and the filmmaker's hope that this film can persuade more people to attend and show their support for Disability Rights.”
The two filmmakers have already received pages of comments and many, many votes making it highly likely they will be one of the finalists in the Documentary category. And, if you haven't voted and left a comment yet, please do.
The contest ends April 30th. If anymore Viva Docsters post videos, they will be posted here.
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