"I think we've lost the ability to just be human with each other...and we've lost a way of even talking about what's going on in our country that needs fixing as a collective body. And so that's part of the reason why I think this kind of work is still important." — Leigh Fondakowski
We invite you to become a citizen journalist—for just ten minutes—and help offer a platform to diverse communities around the world at precisely the moment that Donald Trump is inaugurated President. The 1.20.17 Project is a crowd-sourced film to help tell the story of the response to the election of Donald Trump by those who stand opposed to his politics and his policies.
Here’s how it works: Wherever you are at the moment January 20, 2017, at 12 p.m. EST, grab a smartphone and shoot a video, then send that video to 1.20.17.video (at) gmail.com using https://wetransfer.com/. Our team, led by Alix Lambert and Steve Cosson, will then make a film from the footage we receive and we may share the material with other artists to make other things. The big idea being that these different voices will offer inspiration and solidarity, giving us all fuel to face the many challenges ahead.
Here are some suggestions: Ideally, you can film an interview with someone and encourage them to speak their mind, express their hope, fears, anger, inspiration, etc., describe how are they feeling in this exact moment. Ask them what are they already doing differently in their lives because of this election, what will they do personally going forward, what do they want from their fellow citizens now? If you’re at a protest, find a compelling person or group to talk to. You might also capture of a group of people responding to the event while watching it on TV, at a bar, at school, wherever. If you can join us, drop us an email to let us know, and tell us where you’ll be.
The fine print: Please only send ten minutes of video (or less); if you have more just let us know in the email. When sending in your video please note that you release the content of the video to the 1.20.17 Project. If you’re filming people, please ask them to give an on-camera verbal release saying “I (their name) grant permission for the unrestricted use of this video by the 1.20.17 Project.”
This is an all-volunteer effort, but we will credit everyone whose material is used in the film. We hope you’ll join us. And please help us spread the word!