American Blackout

Director: Ian Inaba
Country: USA
Year: 2006
Running Time: 80 min.
Language: English

American Blackout chronicles the recurring patterns of voter disenfranchisement from Florida 2000 to Ohio 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Mckinney not only took an active role investigating these election debacles, but also has found herself in the middle of her own after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

About the Director

Ian Inaba

Biography: Ian Inaba is an award-winning filmmaker, organizer, and new media expert. Ian helped launch Forecast the Facts, a campaign focused on persuading TV meteorologists to accurately report climate change. Ian’s many accomplishments include: being Executive Director of Citizen Engagement Lab, where he guided various social change-oriented projects, including Presente.org, the leading online advocacy organization for Latino communities, and ColorOfChange.org, the largest online constituency representing Black America; directing American Blackout, a Sundance award-winning documentary on voter suppression; co-founding VideoTheVote.org, a citizen journalism network that monitors election irregularities; directing award-winning music videos, and co-authoring True Lies, a muckraking critique of traditional news media. A former investment banker and Silicon Valley executive, Ian is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

(Sources:
http://www.bioneers.org/presenters/ian-inaba/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
American Blackout (2007).

Filmography:
Guerrilla News Network: When the Smoke Clearz (2002 – Ian Inaba, Stephen Marshall);
50 Cent: The New Breed – Heat (2003);
American Blackout (2006).