Join us for a free screening of A Greater Society- a non-partisan look at the power of voting.
Sometimes power exists where you least expect it: It’s the 2014 midterm elections and residents of a South Florida retirement community feel the weight of democracy on theirshoulders. In one of the most influential counties of America’s largest swing state, these political kingmakers trade their golf clubs for clipboards and hit the pavement to get out the vote. Greater Society is a feature documentary to inspire voter turnout in the 2018 midterms andbeyond.
Inside the gates of Wynmoor Village are three miles of manicured lawns lined with palm trees, a golf course, and carefully maintained condominiums. At first glance, it’s just another retirement community where elders go to enjoy their golden years relaxing by the pool and taking ceramics classes; but look further and you’ll see that the people who live in this community share something unique: the power to have a real impact on national politics.
“A Greater Society” follows a group of retirees in a community of 7500 elders who vote in Broward County, Florida. These elder “super-voters” never miss an election and the politicians know it. That’s why Vice President Joe Biden campaigned there for President Obama in 2012 and members of Congress make a point of visiting Wynmoor during every election cycle.
Many of Wynmoor’s residents are former public school teachers who live on pensions and Social Security and rely on Medicare. They worry about the future of these programs as well as public school funding, and they wonder if future generations of teachers and other middle class and lower income workers will be able to retire as comfortably as they have. This is why they feel so passionate about voting.
At stake in this film are the 2014 midterms, an election that will dramatically alter the makeup of the United States Congress and impact President Obama’s final two years in office.
In Florida, the 2014 Governor’s race between incumbent Republican Rick Scott and former one- term Republican Governor turned Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Charlie Crist, will be one of the most watched Governor’s races in the nation. It is thought to be a race that will set the stage for the 2016 Presidential election because the purple state of Florida plays a major role in the battle for 270 electoral votes.
The 2014 Midterms will go on to have the lowest voter turnout in 72 years: just 36.4% of eligible US citizens cast ballots. We believe that an energetic film that is both humorous and touching is the best way to inspire Americans to get involved in the next election: The 2018 Midterms.
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