More great news about the breakthrough voting rights film I Elect: Power Every Four Years — the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival has announced the selection of the film for this year’s 36th annual Film Festival.
Audiences attending this year’s Festival in November will view the film at two theaters in South Florida, where it will be screened the film three times. Watch the powerful trailer at www.billspring.net.
I Elect: Power Every Four Years has also won several awards nationwide, including — “Best Original Story” at the New York Film Awards, “Best Actress in a Leading Role,” accolades from the 2021 Awareness Festival, the 2021 Whistleblower Summit and Film Festival Awards, the 2021 “Liberation, Social Justice, Protest Award” at IndieFEST, and more.
The film stars Carey Brianna Hart as the lead character “Bella.” It was written and created by Bill Spring, produced by Jose Lima, and directed by Ricky J. Martinez. The Director of Photography was Dennise Perez.
“We made this film during the pandemic, in September and October of 2020,” said the writer/creator of the film, Bill Spring. “It is a call-to-action about anti-racism, and champions the power of voting. The film also reveals a deeply personal side of the COVID pandemic. The film’s universal themes have staying power, especially because the story raises awareness about the current dangers of voter suppression threatening our fragile democracy,” adds Bill Spring.
The story was originally inspired by the Parkland High School students who were victims of the mass shooting at their High school, including those who later became activists for change in our society.
The electrifying performance by Carey Brianna Hart was livestreamed in 2020 to encourage voting. The one-act, one-woman, theatrical work is originally from a series of four monologues for the stage written by Bill Spring, and has been adapted to film.
“We are honored by the announcement today that the 36th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival has selected our film I Elect: Power Every Four Years, and the continuing momentum of awards and recognition,” adds Bill Spring. “Now more than ever, artists have no choice but to create. The arts are critical right now. There is enormous power in artists working together, offering the viewer a passageway, inspiration, and igniting our collective spirit.”