The live stream chronicles how, two weeks before the election of Barack Obama, Deutchman asked friends around the world to record their experiences of 11/4/08, a day that had become historic before it had even taken place. The result is a unique user-generated feature documentary that bears witness as a global canvas unfolds. 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; from Berlin to Dubai to New Delhi, expatriates express their emotion from a distance; and Parisians discuss whether there could ever be a black President of France while a felon in Harlem casts doubt on whether any of this will actually affect his life. As we approach the final announcement of Obama’s victory, what emerges is a portrait of how people choose to live through history. Deutchman will lead the Q&A from a screening at the Philadelphia Film Festival, while other filmmakers who contributed to the user-generated documentary will spread out amongst the participating theaters around the country. It's the perfect way to see a film that was constructed entirely on a single day by filmmakers around the world. Contributing filmmakers include Henry Joost (Catfish), Margaret Brown (The Order of Myths), Joe Swanberg (Alexander the Last) and Benh Zeitlin (Glory at Sea).
Deutchman is continuing to collect footage shot on Election Day 2008 at 11-4-08.com. Any footage uploaded between now and October 20 will be considered to show during the live Q&A.
The event takes place Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 8:30 p.m. at the Palm Theater.