(Sumter, SC) – One Vote, the critically-acclaimed non-partisan documentary, highlights the compelling stories of diverse citizens across the country on Election Day 2016. Among the film’s five stories, One Vote features Sumter resident Dr. Brenda Williams, a gospel-singing physician who assists rural citizens and those impacted by voter ID requirements on to register and vote.
In addition to Dr. Williams the film also follows Warren Buffett, the iconic American investor who devotes his Election Day to transporting voters in Omaha to the polls via trolley; Alaska’s Bondy family, who travel 222 miles by dogsled, snowmobile and car to reach their polling place; Michael Hiser, a former felon casting an emotional vote in Kentucky for the first time since his right to vote was restored; and James Higgins, the charismatic owner of Chicago’s Club Lucky, the last tavern polling place in the U.S.
“This Election year, as we exercise our fundamental right to vote, One Votereminds us how precious our democracy — as imperfect as it may be — really is,” said cast member Dr. Brenda Williams. “Voting is power. That voter registration card is a little piece of paper, but it has so much power,” added Williams. Williams and the non-profit Family Unit, Inc. have successfully helped more than 7,000 citizens in South Carolina to register and vote.
Filmed in five locations each with a single camera entirely on Election Day 2016, the film captures the humanity and rich diversity of American voters and is a call to action to voters and Election volunteers.
“We are accustomed to engaging in political discourse from the top down, focused on politicians, polls and pundits. One Votereminds us that the basis of democracy is really the individual vote, an intensely personal act that stirs emotion as it breathes life into the relationship between the individual and society,” says One Votedirector Christine Woodhouse. “On Election Day voters are the real stars. Missing from most media coverage are the many unsung stories, the generosity and kindness, that are on display across the U.S. each Election. We are privileged to bring these uplifting stories to Americans at a moment when they are truly needed,” added Woodhouse.
At times funny, surprising, and heart-wrenching, One Vote connects viewers with the struggles of generations past and voters’ dreams for the future. The film is non-partisan, appropriate for viewers of all ages, and now available on multiple streaming platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, and Google Play, or at https://www.onevote.us/watch-now. The documentary is also being shown in schools and universities throughout the country.