Winner 1996

Vote For Me: Politics In America

Center for New American Media, Midnight Films, WETA-TV, Washington, DC

From the smallest local precincts to the White House, Vote for Me: Politics in America explores what it really takes to run for public office in the United States and ends up being a warm, understanding, and surprisingly uplifting view of American democracy. Poignant, provocative, and often hilarious, Vote for Me chronicles the political scene around the nation, including veteran insiders of the Chicago machine, consultants creating negative ads in Alabama, and legislators’ arm-twisting on the floor of the Texas Statehouse. Especially insightful is the saga of Maggie Lauterer, folksinger – turned TV reporter – turned congressional candidate, as she learns what to do to try to get a majority of her district to vote for her. Working in 30 states, filmmakers Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, and Paul Stekler produce a matchless celebration of American politics and, as a part of the PBS Democracy Project, give viewers a glimpse of our system that ultimately turns the surprising trick of making viewers more appreciative of and less cynical about the political process. A Peabody to Vote for Me: Politics in America, produced by Center for New American Media, Midnight Films, and WETA-TV, for an informative, insightful, and rollicking ride on the American campaign trail.