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The cost of running for office makes candidates beg, borrow, and steal. PAY 2 PLAY shows how our elections encourage extortion, and how to stop it.
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PAY 2 PLAY is completed!

Friends, we are so proud to have wrapped PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes, after years of following Ohio elections, investigating corruption, and chronicling activism. Audiences have already laughed and cheered with this film, reform groups are using this movie as an organizing tool, and now we need your help to bring it to the mainstream audiences that will be vital to meaningful change.

We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the self-distribution of our documentary. If you have supported us in the past, you'll already be able to see your name in the closing credits, because every little bit of encouragement helped us get this far. Since we know people are inundated by requests, we're doing something special: a TELETHON, in the tradition of the 70's where stars performed their heart out for a good cause!

We are releasing a new video short every day of our campaign, highlighting the inspiring individuals in our film, the amazing artists, and our great partner organizations! (Check out the new street art shorts below) We also have amazing items available exclusive to our backers — like the new Shepard Fairey OBEY movie poster for PAY 2 PLAY, a true honor for us, this 40" x 27" lithograph on 80 lb. card stock has already won its printer an industry award for Best Art Poster. A limited number of prints are available only through this Kickstarter campaign, which ends May 30.

The PAY 2 PLAY Poster by Shepard Fairey!
The PAY 2 PLAY Poster by Shepard Fairey!

We're also excited to unveil our new companion book for the film, a director's journal of the street artists followed over the course of making PAY 2 PLAY. With interviews conducted for the documentary and exclusive pics of the artists in action at night, Where Else But the Streets tells the story of the LA street art scene explosion—and its fallout. Featuring Alec Monopoly, Free Humanity, LydiaEmily, Teacher, Mr. Brainwash, OBEY, and Banksy, only available through our Kickstarter Campaign!

Please share this on your social media networks, as we continue to discover more people who feel passionately about getting money out of politics, particularly in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in McCutcheon vs. FEC on April 2nd. The Court ruled in favor of plaintiff Shaun McCutcheon, a coal executive fighting clean air laws, who wanted to give candidates more than campaign laws allowed, which was $123,000 per election cycle. This is what we are up against.

Thank you for all you do,

John Wellington Ennis

Director, PAY 2 PLAY

The Race to Release!

We got to this point with all of your generous support -- We are now in the home stretch of finishing PAY 2 PLAY and getting out this important film during this crucial election year! Since you backed our successful campaign two years ago, we got so far with what we raised.  The light panel and lavalier mike alone made half this movie!

We're now looking to find the funds to complete the film, and turning again to Kickstarter.  We already have amassed momentum from the media coverage of our May Day action, where we unveiled our PAY 2 PLAY game board taking over an intersection of Downtown L.A.  This photo of our P2P Board is the number one photo in Yahoo's World Events.

Our last campaign offered work by the street artist Alec Monopoly.  While Alec Monopoly has since become an international art star, featured in this month's Playboy magazine, we have more incredible street art to share from other artists in this documentary, including Free Humanity, Teacher, and Burn One. 

Please check out our new campaign at http://kck.st/KrkAhD and share it with friends.  We have an incredible story to tell and can't wait to get it out!

Thanks again for all you do!

John Wellington Ennis, PAY 2 PLAY

PAY 2 PLAY: A Chance to Change the Game

Greetings!   

The dreams we have pursued are suddenly in sight.  After a five year odyssey, we are now editing our documentary PAY 2 PLAY.  And even as we tell this story of how campaign costs have compromised our country, people are taking to the streets on Wall Street and across the country to protest this reality.  

While this movement is an inspirational burst of populist power, it will take time and work to affect meaningful change. PAY 2 PLAY not only outlines where our campaigns fail us, but how we can retake the democratic process. This film is intended to enlighten and empower, and we need to get this message out perhaps now more than ever. 

I was fortunate to be able to discuss the Occupy Wall Street movement on international television with RT, which you can see in the attached video.  I explained how PAY 2 PLAY shows the power an individual can make:  "When you go into protest and when you appear in public in support of a cause, you don’t know what ripples you are creating.”

We've made it to this point with your help.  Now, we are asking for any assistance you can offer with helping us raise the money to edit and release this film in time for the 2012 elections.  

We need to raise over $50,000 just to get the film edited.  Please consider sharing this, suggesting fundraising ideas, or making a contribution. With enough friends who believe in what we're doing, this film will be realized soon and make a major impact.
 
Thanks again for all you do! 

 
John Wellington Ennis
Director, PAY 2 PLAY
 
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The Spray Paint Zorro

Happy New Year!

As our film progresses, here is a look at one of PAY 2 PLAY's portraits in motion: Street artist Alec Monopoly decorates Los Angeles while the city sleeps, and applies his talents to target Big Oil and Big Media.

This new short doc, "Alec Monopoly: The Spray Paint Zorro" was just featured on the home page of The Huffington Post, which brings enormous exposure to our film. We captured this and other exciting stories with your support, and we remain deeply grateful. We'll keep updating you to with advance looks at the characters and themes of PAY 2 PLAY, and continue covering issues of campaign reform at our blog, www.pay2play.tv.

It's going to be a good year!

John Wellington Ennis
Director, PAY 2 PLAY

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Live from New York: An Art Show, Minus the Artist

Greetings from New York City!

Since covering the campaigns in Ohio and working Video the Vote on Election Day, I have been in NYC following one of the characters of PAY 2 PLAY, the street artist Alec Monopoly, as he has been preparing for his major solo debut art show in Chelsea.

While such an impressive exhibit by a young artist would traditionally warrant an appearance by the creator himself, circumstances inhibit in-person accolades: The NYPD are looking for him.

In the past weeks leading up to this exhibition, uniformed and plain-clothed police officers have been stopping by the studio and gallery, asking neighbors about Alec, and were observed staking out his intersection on more than one occasion. Alec has credible reason to believe his cell was tapped, and has relied on pre-paid booster phones.

That he is under surveillance may be a surprise to those unfamiliar with how the NYPD has treated artists since Giuliani bolstered “quality of life” crime enforcement in the ’90s, largely kept in place by Mayor Bloomberg. Painters selling their work on the street as well as graffiti artists have been thrown in jail, with their artwork confiscated and destroyed.

Alec’s street art has gotten him notice all over the world, and so it is not surprising that the New York City graffiti task force notices. In the last few weeks, next to the small crevices of the city’s surfaces where tags thrive unabated, big bright posters of Jack Nicholson or DJ Monopoly Man sprung up. Alec’s prominent signature also helps make his name subconsciously ubiquitous. So if the cops really are setting out every day to crack down on those that decorate the city (as opposed to those that vandalize private property) then Alec’s advertised art show makes for easy police work.

While getting arrested has helped many an artist become a folk hero, Alec demurs and prefers to let his work represent him. Completing your first major exhibit is a struggle in itself – that struggle is only compounded when you can’t get in to your own studio because the cops are parked outside waiting for you in one of those unmarked cars that look like taxi cabs, but have sirens.

In the tight hours finishing the pieces for his show, I was able to film this exclusive interview with Alec. In this short doc, he discusses refining his medium from the streets to indoors, his philosophy on street art, and life on the lam.

We are still distributing rewards to our backers, so please get back to us to get your stuff. We have new stickers from Alec Monopoly for you!

Thanks again for your support!

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