Project Turnout (2016)

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is widely regarded as the most important piece of Civil Rights legislation ever passed.”-Ari Berman

Check out the New York Times Op Doc “Supreme Court v. the American Voter” on the gutting of the Voting Rights Act.


Project Turnout is a multimedia series on voting rights in America funded by Ford Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Wallace Global Fund. The mission of the project is to raise awareness around election laws that impact voter turnout in the United States with a specific focus on those passed after the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby v. Holder, a decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, once called the crown jewel of the civil rights movement. Voter ID, cutting early voting, ending same day registration, banning out of precinct voting, and a movement to mandate proof of citizenship at the polls are seen by some as ways to protect voter integrity and by others as ways to disenfranchise voters, most often those of color.

Project Turnout is collaborating with top tier news publications such as The New York Times and Mother Jones to deepen the national conversation around the most fundamental of rights in our democracy, the right to vote.

Project Turnout features interviews with thought leaders on both sides of the debate. Interview subjects include Eric Holder, Rep. John Conyers, Ari Berman, Edward Blum, Julie Fernandes, Debo Adegbile, Gerry Hebert, Hans von Spakovsky, Kris Kobach, Joe Rich, Reverend William Barber II, Nina Perales, Josh Lawson, John Husted, John Fund, and many more.

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Kelly Duane de la Vega

Loteria founder Kelly Duane de la Vega‘s documentaries have screened at film festivals worldwide, opened theatrically and broadcast nationally on POV/PBS and the Documentary Channel. Her work has received the WGA’s Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Gotham Independent Film’s Best Documentary Award and multiple national Emmy nominations. Her film Better this World won Best Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International and Sarasota Film Festival Film Festivals, received an IDA Creative Achievement Award and was selected to screen at NY MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. Monumental screened at the Lincoln Center and was acquired by the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. El Poeta, called “dramatic and inspiring” by the LA Times, broadcast on PBS’s, Voces. She has produced short-format work for The New York Times, Mother Jones, IFC and Discovery, among others. A Sundance and HBO/Film Independent Fellow, she has guest lectured at various universities and taught a documentary forms course at UC Berkeley.

Jessica Anthony

Jessica Anthony has been a producer for nearly 20 years. In addition to producing and co-directing Project Turnout, she is also a consulting producer on Ayiti Mon Amour, a narrative feature film directed by Guetty Felin that premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. Previously, Jessica produced the documentary film The Mask You Live In, directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, which premiered at Sundance in 2015. Jessica began her career in animation and visual effects, working at award winning studios such as Protozoa, Wild Brain, Mekanism and Teak. She also worked at the San Francisco Film Society where she managed FilmHouse, a filmmaker residency and professional development program. Jessica studied literature and film at Boston University and The University of Oregon.

Mike Nicholson

Mike is an award-winning filmmaker and graphic artist who has produced pieces for clients such as Obama for America, Hillary for America, The Nature Conservancy and the Moontower Comedy Festival. In 2007, he produced and co-directed the feature documentary Teaching Austin with partner Kevin Smith. In 2011, he produced the Emmy-nominated feature documentary Better This World (POV, 2011) named “Best Documentary” at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. Most recently, Mike produced, co-wrote and edited the short doc Eric & Anna (Field of Vision, 2015) for The Intercept’s Field of Vision series. He is currently producing and directing the documentary The Newspaperman with partner David Layton.

Ian Inaba

Ian directed the 2006 Sundance award-winning documentary American Blackout, chronicling voter suppression. He also directed Eminem’s music video “Mosh” – which was viewed over 10 million times online and nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. In addition to his film work, he co-authored True Lies, published in 2004 by Penguin/Plume. Ian was previously Director of Corporate Development for Checkpoint Software Technologies (NASD: CHKP) and an investment banker with Robertson, Stephens and Company. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.


Ford Foundation | Just Films

John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 

The Wallace Global Fund 

In collaboration with the CEL Education Fund