Tonsler Park

The functioning, or malfunctioning, of US democracy on Election Day 2016 as seen through the operations of polling stations in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Dir Kevin Jerome Everson
Prod Madeleine Molyneaux, Kevin Jerome Everson
With Sally Barbour, Shaquita Morton, Deborah Tyler
Sales Picture Palace Pictures

A film at the edge of history, about the workers of democracy in America on November 8, 2016. Everson’s unobtrusive observational style divulges the mechanisms behind the operation of Election Day. Filmed at polling stations in Charlottesville, Virginia, we see the mainly African American officials set up, operate the balloting and explain procedures. Filmed on b/w 16mm, the effect is like a dance as voters and officials briefly meet, then part. Among the bitter ironies, what it reveals is the possibility of hope, now dashed.

Helen de Witt

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Total running time 85min