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A music video about the U.S. Census
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We're creating a series of fun and educational content that seeks to fill a curriculum void in children's programming: civics and how the American government works

To kick it off, we're producing a video of a smart, silly, and sticky tune called Everybody Counts!, starring ED HELMS as the voice of our lead puppet character, Joe!


Everybody Counts! follows two chipper census workers, Joe and Jane, as they go door-to-door tallying up all the residents of the United States.  Our song gives kids-- and their parents-- a primer on the census: what is it? How does it work? And why is it so important to American communities? 

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And here's a special audio SNEAK PEEK of Everybody Counts! featuring Ed Helms!

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The census is how the federal government decides where and how to spend hundreds of billions of federal dollars -- on local infrastructure projects, health care, community housing vouchers, school lunch programs, Head Start, and so much more.  


When people don't participate, their communities lose valuable resources and fair representation in Congress. A real, accurate count of all persons living in the U.S. -- including young children -- is crucial.  


With the 2020 Census fast approaching, our hope is that Everybody Counts! adds some much-needed positive messaging to the national conversation. Our video will be a great way to get families talking!


Featuring a diverse mix of people and puppets, "Everybody Counts!" deserves a high quality production on the level of classic Muppet Show or Schoolhouse Rock tunes. We're calling in all of our most talented buddies from the Broadway, comedy, and puppeteer communities. The shoot will take place at the end of July and be released early in the fall.  


"Everybody Counts!" is executive produced by Benari Poulten and Mary Faber. 

MARY FABER is a Broadway performer, writer, and puppeteer most recently seen on Showtime's Kidding.

BENARI POULTEN is a comedian, writer, and former Congressional Aide whose work has been seen everywhere from Comedy Central to Netflix. He is also an Iraq and Afghanistan Army veteran.


Our amazing collaborators include:

RACHEL AXLER (lyrics), Emmy-winning writer for The Daily Show , Parks and Recreation, and Veep.

ADAM BLAU (music), award-winning composer/songwriter whose credits include You're the Worst, Dead to Me, Billy on the Street and Everyday Grooves for the Fred Rogers Center. 

KATIE LOCKE O'BRIEN recently directed an episode NBC's AP BIO.  She also wrote, produced, directed and starred in her award-winning festival short Have it All.

GABE WITCHER is a Grammy-winning musician, composer, and producer best known for his amazing ensemble the Punch Brothers. Recent credits include Red Dead Redemption Two, True Detective and the new Deadwood movie.


The "Everybody Counts!" puppets will be designed and built by the talented folks at Swazzle Puppet Studio. Swazzle’s team of professional puppet designers and builders has constructed custom puppets for film, television, new media and the stage. Some notable projects include the new Showtime series Kidding staring Jim Carrey, The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway, and The Aquarium of the Pacific's Pacific Pals.


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We'd love to get YOU on board too! Your donation of any amount would mean so much.

Thanks for supporting "Everybody Counts!", and thank you for helping us spread the word!


SPECIAL THANKS: 

Demo vocalists: Jared Gertner and Haneefah Wood

Risks and challenges

As with any creative endeavor that involves hundreds of moving parts (puppet builds! location availability! temperamental animal actors!), schedules may shift and production could be delayed. But we'll be doing everything within our power to keep this ship on course.

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    You Rock + First Look at Final Product!

    You'll get a shout out, PLUS you'll get a special passcode for a first look at the vid before we release it to the universe!

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    No, You ACTUALLY Rock. You're a Singer!

    1. We'll send you a cut of the chorus of Everybody Counts!
    2. You record yourself singing along (no special recording equipment needed, just your phone!)
    3. Send it back to us.
    4. We'll add your vocals to the final mix.
    5. Boom! You're a fancy Hollywood ensemble vocalist.

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    You're in the Video!

    You and up to four of your friends and family (kids welcome!) can join us for a day on set as members of our background ensemble! Get a chance to see movie-making magic and the secrets of television puppetry up close and personal.

    Disclaimer: You have to be able to get yourself to LA and generally know how to be cool and chill on a set. :-)

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    Holy Moly, you are so insanely awesome. You'll get Associate Producer credits, you can sing on the final track, you can join us on set, WHATEVER YOU WANT. Can we get you a snack from crafty?

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