Bernie Sanders is not your typical politician. And this is not your typical presidential election. What we are witnessing and, most importantly, what we have a chance to participate in, is a real conversation about the things that matter: equality, climate change, jobs, immigration, health care, economic opportunity, justice and everything else that affects our future individually and collectively.
Bernie has given us a chance to re-think not just this election, but how we view American politics at every level and how we fulfill our roles as citizens and as voters. “Bern: Part One” is the first installment of a larger film project that explores Bernie Sanders the man, Bernie Sanders the presidential candidate and Bernie Sanders as a community of people who are lending their voices to this movement.
In the coming months, we will examine why his ideology has resonated so deeply with people across the country – many who had long ago written off the political system as hopelessly flawed – and how it has inspired them to change how we engage in the political process and how that process engages with us.
Your donation here will help us finished this film, which will next feature in-depth interviews with people from Bernie’s life inside and outside the world of politics, as well as amplify the voices of people engaged in the political process through his campaign.
We took this revolution into our own hands, literally, by funding all the start-up costs out of our own pockets because we believe that what is happening now has the potential to dramatically alter the reality of politics in our country. Now we need your help to finish what we’ve started. Click here to donate.
SHARE YOUR STORY
This film is about us – all of us – and we want to hear your story.
IT’S NOT ABOUT ME, IT’S ABOUT US
This project became a reality because a bunch of people pitched in to help us make it happen. They gave us their time, they shared their ideas, they lent us their creativity, they made phone calls and sent emails and picked up a camera and did a thousand other things to get us here. They are:
Nat Ayer, CCTV – Archival Footage
Center for Media & Democracy, Burlington VT – Archival Footage
Kartemquin Films – Archival Footage
Allan Koss – Archival Stills
Rob Swanson – Archival Stills
Zander Michigan – Singer/Songwriter
Douglas Helsel – Composer
Adam Marengo – Logo Design
Chau Ngo – Grassroots Organizer
Ken Miller – Camera
Brian Watkins – Stills
Melody Parsons – Business Affairs
Erik Daniel – Camera
Sheena Fronk – “Bern” Community Organizer
MEET THE FILMMAKERS
Miriam Paredes – Director/Producer
Miriam is an independent commercial producer, documentary filmmaker and writer who, after 20+ years in the business, still feels pretty lucky to be able to make a living doing something that she loves.
Jay Matthew – Executive Producer
For almost a decade, Jay has worked as a consultant for political candidates, organized social justice campaigns and launched nonprofits. For the last four years, Jay expanded his areas of focus and has been helping businesses and private sector companies with growth-related issues, CRM implementation and crowdfunding campaigns.
Chris Blankenship – Executive Producer
Chris Blankenship studied broadcast production and music at the University of Colorado in the late 80’s and early 90’s and officially launched his career in southern China in 1992. He’s worked internationally on commercials, music videos, short and long films, as well as other creative projects. A consummate storyteller, he’s comfortable producing, editing and sometimes even directing. You’ve probably seen his commercial work on broadcast TV and his documentary work on PBS (and affiliates) and Hulu.