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NEW VIDEO! - OHIO ROMNEY RALLY - Interviews with Supporters

Election observers believe that Ohio is the state most likely to decide who becomes our next President. These interviews were conducted with Ohio voters at a recent Romney rally in Defiance, OH.

But wait, there’s more:
Viewthe interview B-Roll, on social issues like women’s health and gay marriage.

Produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviewer) & Erick Stoll.


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Marriage for All Families: Four-Part Series from Washington, Minnesota, Maryland, & Maine

Made in each of the states that have marriage equality votes this November, these short shares the experiences of same-sex couples who want to get married.

They have the same challenges, responsibilities, and aspirations as any other couple—but they are strangers in the eyes of the law. That’s why marriage equality is so important: it aligns personality reality with legal reality, as a simple matter of fairness.

Maine (embedded above):

The series is produced in association with The Four, a social media campaign to support marriage equality this election day. Find them on Tumblr here:


Films produced by Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll.


How Corporate Cash Threatens the Environment

If there’s one issue that hasn’t been talked about enough in this election, it’s the environment.

Yet the difference between the parties is stark: Republicans, bankrolled by polluters like the Koch Brothers, want to cut the EPA and rollback or weaken vital environmental protections like the Clean Air and Clean Water Act, laws that ensure millions of Americans can breath our air and drink our water safely.

Mitt Romney calls the EPA “a tool in the hands of the President to crush the private enterprise system,” and has vowed to block needed protections on things like fracking and carbon emissions.

Interviews include Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-7) and policy experts from the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, and, who share the history, purpose, and success of our environmental laws, and push back on the Republican lie that environemntal protections are bad for the economy.

With the health of millions of Americans potentially impacted by the dangerous positions of Mitt Romney and Republican lawmakers, it’s vital that this issue isn’t forgotten this election season. Help us spread the word by sharing the video.

The War On Women’s Health is Real

Republicans continue to pass harsh laws restricting access to women’s healthcare across the country, but the mainstream press has stopped paying attention.

That’s why we’ve produced a short documentary that cogently explains the state and national efforts by Republicans—including Mitt Romney—to limit access to birth control and other basic women’s health services.

Featured interviews include Rep. Lois Capps (CA-23), who as a former nurse has long been a leader on women’s health issues; Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List; and Dr. Kimberly Shepherd, an OB/GYN who provides medical authority on issues that never should’ve been politicized in the first place.

With the lives of millions of women potentially impacted by the dangerous proposals of Mitt Romney and Republican lawmakers, it’s vital that this issue isn’t forgotten this election season. Take a stand for women’s rights, and help us spread the word by sharing and reblogging this video.

Chase Whiteside debates James O’Keefe at Temple University
Chase Whiteside of NLM debates James O’Keefe of Project Veritas at Temple University about journalism ethics, and the difference between activism and journalism.

At just over an hour, it’s a long slog, but there are quality exchanges scattered throughout.

Audio and video were recorded by Temple University on October 19, 2011. There are some areas where video was not recorded; the unedited audio remains intact.

The full intro can be found on Tyler Gallery’s Vimeo page here:

Workers Defend Their Rights in Wisconsin & Ohio

Over the last two weeks, tens of thousands of workers and their supporters have flooded the Wisconsin and Ohio state capitols, pushing back on their newly-elected Republican Governors’ attempts to revoke collective bargaining rights for public workers.

Other than the flashes of anger Ohio crowds showed when they were curiously shut out of their statehouse, the protests have been entirely peaceful, even jovial, with the Wisconsin capitol having an atmosphere similar to a pep rally.

WI Gov. Scott Walker and OH Gov. John Kasich have claimed budget crisis as the impetus for their efforts, but their accounting is spurious, and unions have already agreed to reductions in pay and benefits.  Wisconsin public workers have yielded to all of Walker’s fiscal requests, making Gov. Walker’s insistence that he must cut collective bargaining rights to cut the deficit even more dubious. 

Many of those we interviewed, including union leaders, did not believe that the revocation of their rights was necessary to balance budgets, but was rather part of a coordinated effort to dismantle unions and reduce their large financial and organizational contributions to progressive politics.

As Governors Walker and Kasich hold staunch, refusing even to negotiate, the protests in Wisconsin and Ohio continue, joined by thousands of others from states across the nation.

Thanks to & Laura Dawn, Matt Wisniewski, Julia Reichert & Steve Bognar, Chris Gollmar, Kasey Hosp, SEIU & Kim Cook, AFL-CIO & Maggie Priebe, Deb Steele, Kevin Benish, and Derek Clinger.

Produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviews) and Erick Stoll (camera). Additional camera by Matt Wisniewski.

Rally to Restore Sanity  -  Interviews with Participants

On October 30, 2010, thousands of people gathered in the National Mall for the “Rally to Restore Sanity” called for by Jon Stewart on his show.

While participants attended for a variety of reasons, many of them raised concerns about the deteriorating state of news media, especially the hyperbolic and hyperpartisan content of 24/7 cable news networks.

Many of those who expressed concerns nonetheless cited partisan news outlets as their primary source for news, while others cited The Daily Show, something Mr. Stewart has discouraged.

Not a single participant listed their regional newspaper as a source for news, and it was telling that the majority of the people we spoke to were unaware of the details of the elections in their congressional districts (this despite many of them having already voted.)

If an intention of the “Rally to Restore Sanity” was to dissuade people from voicing divisive and paranoid political accusations, it was not enough to deter the fringe.  In lieu of the Birthers common at Tea Party events, there was a small presence of 9/11 Truthers who accused the Bush administration of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks.  (Doubtless, these flimsy conspiracy theorists will infest the comment threads in needless defense.)

But for the most part, the rally represented a congenial gathering of center to center-left people who are opposed to ideological purity tests and uncompromising dogmas, and who focused their blame on the divisive media coverage of political issues.

Produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviews) and Erick Stoll (camera) with additional camera from Zac Sleeth.

Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Rally - Interview B-Roll

Some interview footage that didn’t make it in our original film covering Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Rally, linked here.

And before you comment or message to let me know:  Koch is pronounced Coke.  My guess was incorrect.

At the end of the video, two Tea Partiers bicker over who should get a certain location from which to view Mr. Beck’s speech.

Produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviews) and Erick Stoll (camera) with additional camera from Kasey Hosp.

Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Rally - Interviews With Participants

On 8.28.2010, Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally was held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The purpose of the rally, which Beck claimed to be “non-political” despite featuring Tea Party-favorite Sarah Palin as a speaker and its being attended entirely by conservatives, was unclear. The participants spoke abstractly about the need to restore “honor” and “pride” to a country that had lost it. When pressed for when our country had lost its honor, most cited the election of Barack Obama.

8.28.2010 also represented the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and Glenn Beck has been criticized for by civil rights groups for trying to misappropriate the occasion.

Last year, Beck referred to Barack Obama—our country’s first African-American President—as a “racist… who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”  When offered the chance to respond to Beck’s statements, his fans either agreed with him or simply refused to believe that he had ever made them.

While the speaker list was diverse, the overwhelmingly white crowd expressed paranoid and conspiratorial fears of multiculturalism—that atheists or black liberation theologists or radical Muslims or “free-loading” Latinos were going to ruin our country. There was the constant suggestion that white Christians and their way of life are somehow under assault, and that the attendees of this rally were here to put an end to it and return the country to what it used to be.


Produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviews) and Erick Stoll (camera) with additional camera from Kasey Hosp.