"Who is Alvin Greene?" - a feature documentary
I'm Leslie Beaumont. Last June, David Garrett and I became so fascinated by Alvin Greene's surprise win in the South Carolina primary, that we flew out to meet him.
We thought his story would make an amazing documentary: a small-town, unemployed veteran with no money and zero experience in politics gets catapulted onto the world's stage after winning the democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
So, we convinced Alvin to let us follow him on the campaign trail for nearly 6 months, where he battled bad press, racism, a felony indictment and rejection by his own party, all in the pursuit of his American dream.
Our feature-length documentary is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Alvin Greene's historic run, during which he became the most-covered candidate of the 2010 election year. The film also examines the state of democracy in America and what it takes to get elected to higher office.
Here's some press we've gotten so far:
Vanity Fair: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/07/alvin-greene-documentarians-have-their-work-cut-out-for-them.html
Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2010/09/03/alvin-greene-the-documentary/
Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100729/pl_yblog_upshot/alvin-greene-may-end-up-on-the-big-screen
Here's a link to interview we did on the Keith Larson Radio Show in Charlotte (halfway down the page next to our picture):
If you watch the video at the top of the page, you can see me in the corner shooting on the camera we borrowed from our friend Evan Boymel. Skip to 1:02:55 on the time code and see me get called to the mic by Keith Larson to answer questions on the documentary.
We financed the shooting of the film with our own money and were fortunate to have volunteers during production. People like Archie Jacobs donated their time and equipment, driving all over the state with us because they believed in the project. Right now, editor Jesse Berger from South Carolina is sleeping on my couch and helping us through post production.
Unfortunately, Jesse has to eat now and then. Plus, we have to spend money on licensing news footage, music, sound design and other costs to get the film ready for festivals. Your pledge will go toward those finishing costs plus help pay the people who have volunteered their time to get us this far. Our goal is to have the film completed by the end of April.
Check out our official website, imdb and Facebook pages:
Feel free to email us if you have any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
This documentary is for anyone who likes a good underdog story, and we appreciate your support in getting it out there. Thanks for taking a look!
Leslie Beaumont & David Garrett
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