UnRepresented is a new, award-winning documentary that reveals the driving forces behind political corruption and the unprecedented reforms to restore a government that better serves the people. You can read more about the film below.
Watch the film, and stay for the panel, on Sat, October 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT.
After the film, we'll be joined by a panel of experts on the democracy reform initiatives building strength across the country to discuss the challenges of fighting back against the big money corrupting our government.
The panel will include:
Daniel Falconer, Director "UnRepresented"
Abby Wood, Associate Professor of Law, Political Science, and Public Policy at the USC Gould School of Law. Her research is at the intersection of law and politics, with current projects focused on dark money regulating false political speech on social media, and the effects of Citizens United v. FEC on political donors.
Greg Orman, entrepreneur, businessman, and leading voice in the U.S. political independent movement.
Dan Schnur, Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and former Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
You can read more about the panelists below.
About the Film
We all know Washington is broken. Our federal government’s spending, regulations, and tax breaks are deeply corrupted; giving special interests limitless power and unfair advantage. Fed up with this status quo, Americans keep electing people who pledge to change it -- but to no avail.With expert testimony from high-ranking officials, leaders in the reform movement, and everyday people trying to make a difference, UnRepresented reveals the barriers that keep the Federal government from enacting popular reforms to end political corruption. Through large investments in lobbying and election campaigns, special interests exercise undue control over our elected officials. In return, these same officials give massive rewards to their investors with spending and tax breaks financed by never-ending debt obtained from banks, foreign governments, and other wealthy financiers. This cycle of legal corruption gives unchecked power to these selfish political insiders.
While the political divide is wider than ever, the film also reveals that Democratic and Republican leaders in fact agree on passing basic reforms to outlaw the wanton corruption that both parties take part in – giving hope to non-partisan solutions and a post-partisan future. By passing laws at the State-level, Americans from many perspectives are building momentum to force Congressional action on these issues or to bypass it entirely by holding a Convention to amend the US Constitution.
UnRepresented serves as a rallying call to bring people together across the divide and introduces grass-roots led movements to break the cycle of corruption and the influence of money in our flawed political system and to ultimately restore our government back to one that serves the people.
About the Panel
After the screening, we will be joined by the film's director and experts in political reform from around the country including:
Daniel Falconer, Director
“I never expected when I started this film that it would impact my political views as profoundly as it has and given my crew and I such great hope for reform.” Born in Detroit, Daniel Falconer studied Film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He wrote, directed, and edited “On My Own” in 2008, before dedicating three years to making “Deforce,” a documentary chronicling Detroit’s long struggle with political oppression. He is proud to put his storytelling ability to work on UnRepresented. He stands ready to claim credit for anything the film does well, and equally prepared to blame others for any potential shortcomings.
Abby Wood is Associate Professor of Law, Political Science, and Public Policy at the USC Gould School of Law. Her research is at the intersection of law and politics, with current projects focused on dark money regulating false political speech on social media, and the effects of Citizens United v. FEC on political donors. Wood teaches administrative law, campaign finance and analytical methods for lawyers. In addition to teaching at USC, Wood has taught at the University of Chicago Law School. Wood currently serves on the California Fair Political Practices Commssion’s Digital Transparency Task Force. From 2015 to 2017, she served on the Federal Bipartisan Campaign Finance Task Force. Before joining USC Gould, Wood clerked for the late Honorable John T. Noonan, judge of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also has consulted on good governance projects in association with USAID, World Bank, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and UNDP.
Greg Orman is an entrepreneur, businessman, and leading voice in the U.S. political independent movement. His career includes founding, growing, and helping to lead companies that range in value from a few million dollars to over a billion. Mr. Orman ran for office in Kasnas nearly unseating Senator Pat Robers. He is the author of A Declaration of Independents and been a frequent contributor to Real Clear Politics. His writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, The Kansas City Star, as well as other national media outlets. Mr. Orman helped form the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers and is currently on the board of directors at Unite America.
Dan Schnur is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Dan was the director of the Sacramento Bee’s “California Influencers” series, in which he led a weekly online conversation among 100 of the state’s most respected experts in politics, government and public policy around the 2018 election. He is also a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall.