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    Showbiz411.com: 11/4/08 Documentary Filmmaker Jeff Deutchman at Philadelphia Film Festival


    Showbiz411.com Exclusive:  Director Jeff Deutchman talks about his documentary film 11/4/08 at the Philadelphia Film Festival on October 20, 2010. Tonight 11/4/08 screened simultaneously in 20 cities. Jeff's Q&A after the Philadelphia screening was streamed live to the other theaters and he was being tweeted questions from viewers in those theaters.


    About the documentary film 11/4/08: The objective of The 11/4/08 Project is to use film and interactive technology to capture a moment in time, and reinvent the process of writing history. By choosing the day of Barack Obama's election - a moment that was expected to be "historic" before it had even occurred - I was able to encourage a group of filmmakers from all over the world to record their experiences of 11/4/08. Now, I am soliciting more footage so that this website can accumulate the most comprehensive library of footage shot that day, and become an experiment in interactive history.


    Two weeks before the election of Barack Obama, I asked friends of mine around the world to record their experiences of 11/4/08, a day that had become "historic" before it had even taken place. In this feature documentary, we witness a global canvas begin to unfold: in St. Louis and Austin, idealistic volunteers think they can turn their states blue; in Chicago, voter lines are made even longer when Obama shows up to cast his own vote; in Alaska, children seem to be as invested in the election results as their parents; in Paris, an organization discusses whether there could ever be a black President of France; in Dubai, Berlin, Geneva and New Delhi, expatriates express their emotion from a distance; and in Harlem, a felon casts doubt on whether any of this will actually affect his life. As we approach the final announcement of Obama's victory at 11pm EST, what emerges is a portrait of how people choose to live through "history": the celebration of a new future remaining entangled with the universally visible tensions of the past.




    Interview and filmed by: Chris Barrett

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