We are all Presidents of the United States. So take a seat as Commander in Chief and tell America your vision for the future.
That's what our democracy and this documentary series are all about.
The goal of America for President is to give Americans a voice, to let people remind each other that we’re all in this together, to encourage each other to take a unique and active role in the government that belongs to all of us.
We'll be rolling across the country with a camera and 540 lbs of mahogany -- a replica of the desk that sits in the Oval Office in Washington. Your desk. And we want you to get behind it.
We want Americans of every age from every background to take a few minutes and be the President.
Tell us what you love about this country and why.
Tell us your vision for America. Your hopes. Your dreams. How you would unite us, inspire us, and lead us into the 21st century.
Or take a seat and give us a smile, play a banjo, read a poem. We just want you to get comfortable being Commander in Chief.
It's an of, by, and for the people thing.
We hope America for President will encourage folks to start listening to each other, to rise above the vitriol and celebrate the spirit that makes America the magnet and the miracle it is.
The first interactive documentary. Why not? It's a free country.
We'll be shooting, editing, and uploading footage of the film from the road. We want you to take it, use it, edit it, score it, share it. Feel free to shoot your own footage and share it with us. You're the President. Make it happen. We will, too.
The desk, a.k.a. The Resolute II, will be tweeting and blogging from the road. Can a desk tweet? This one can.
Feel free to track us on our A4P Youtube channel, our FB page, and through your car window. That's us waving from the passing lane.
The United States of Verite´
America for President will be upbeat, unpredictable, pop photojournalism.
This clip of the Maysles brothers covering the Beatles when they first descend on America shows the feeling we want the film to have.
The desk, in this case, is our very American version of the Beatles. You may not faint when it comes rolling into your town, or city, or neighborhood, but you'll definitely feel, well, Presidential.
July 4th. The perfect day to start.
We began filming July 4th in Hannibal, Missouri, the birthplace of Mark Twain, one of our heroes.
Every year, Hannibal puts on a festival called Tom Sawyer Days. We wanted to take advantage of a ready-made crowd of folks having a good time and we think it's cool to start in a place with the motto, "America's Hometown." Kind of idyllic and a great juxtaposition to the big cities we'll head to next.
The folks in Hannibal have been incredibly gracious. They invited us to put the desk on a float for the opening day parade. Mark Twain's double took a seat behind the desk as we rolled down Main Street. The crowd went wild when he did the moonwalk on our flatbed.
What happens now? Well, we have to put the desk in storage for a while why we find some more financing. Once we do, well, we're off into the red, white, and blue yonder.
Hail to you.
So far, this project has come together thanks to the generous donations of time and heart from some extremely talented people. Money-wise, we've financed it with our savings and our tank is just about empty. We need your help to keep this project rolling.
We dream of a truck of our own to wrap with the America for President logo so folks know who's rolling into town.
We'll need some help funding equipment rentals (cameras, sound, lights) and the folks who go with them, add in two very large ex-defensive linemen to help us load and unload the desk, then there's gas, food, lodging, props, promos, printing, tents, post-production, legal fees, music licensing, storage, insurance, sunscreen and, of course, furniture polish!
$33,000 won't cover all of it, but it's a dandy start.
Thanks for getting behind it.
Mike & Lori
p.s. We're not too proud to sleep on a couch if you're kind enough to offer.
Check out our Presidential gifts!
Thanks again. We hope to see you soon!
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