This film is documenting the political campaigns of candidates in the Tipping Point state that are challenging the norm, and the history making battles shaping our democracy.
We began rolling in January 2020 and expected our documentary would focus exclusively on the 2020 election, but the pandemic and historic events that followed set us on a different path. Our coverage has now expanded into a second election cycle and into numerous issues that we could not have foreseen at the beginning of production.
After all, who could have predicted the January 6th insurrection and it's destabilizing effect on American democracy? Pennsylvania is at the center of that storm and our production is uniquely positioned to continue covering the events as they unfold.
IN THE CAN
Sarah Hammond ran to become the youngest person ever sworn into the US Congress, and her platform was the most progressive of any candidate to run in her conservative district. She campaigned openly as a member of the LBGTQ community and as a woman who had exercised her right to choose. Running against the backdrop of 2020's contentious Presidential election, she was the target of hate mail, and her headquarters was doxxed by right-wing trolls. In the end, she lost to a GOP Trump supporter who, ironically, questioned the integrity of the election in which he'd just won.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
SHOOTING OF RICARDO MUNOZ
It was a muggy late summer afternoon when a lone police officer responded to a domestic disturbance in downtown Lancaster, resulting in the use of deadly force against Ricardo Munoz. Munoz was a young man of color who had a long struggle with mental illness, and his family had called the authorities to help manage his behavior. When our crew arrived, Munoz's body was still on the pavement, a prolonged indignity that escalated the anger of the community. On the heels of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others, a spontaneous protest erupted that moved from the scene of the killing to police headquarters.
AND BALLOT COUNTING
Our crew rode along on election day to the numerous Pennsylvania polls with Sarah Hammond and her volunteers. Little did we know this election would become the most hotly contested of all time in the state that decided the Presidency. Sarah's congressional opponent won but then questioned the handling and counting of ballots that won him his seat. Our cameras filmed the counting of ballots and the joyous celebration at the town square when Pennsylvania and, therefore the White House, was called for Joe Biden.