Third Candidates is a documentary series on electoral reform that follows third party candidates and other activists during the 2016 election. Specific areas of reform we explore are debate access, ballot access, and ranked choice voting.

The tl;dr is:

  • 100% independently crowdfunded ($33,000)
  • Two co-creators researched, sourced, reported, wrote, shot, & edited
  • Shot in 4k on a Sony a7sii
  • 300,000+ views and interaction on Facebook and YouTube
  • Exclusive interviews with Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Mike McCurry

Our goal was to use the heighted interest in third parties in 2016 to show and explain the complexity of our electoral system, and then break it down into more tangible parts and areas for reform.

Harvard lecturer Pippa Norris responded to our ballot access episode with, "Republican and Democratic ballot access is one of the dirty little secrets in American elections. Worth highlighting to reform the process." A 2017 Harvard Business School report cited debate access rules and ranked choice voting as two achievable reforms that would help turn around our political system.


Examples

The crowdfunding trailer frames the broad topics (prefunding audio equipment warning!!!).

The first act of our first episode uses extensive archival to tell the history of the presidential debates and their controversial 15% rule.

The first 3:15 of Episode 4 showcases a traditional sit down interview, some animation, then goes into a guerilla style sequence following Gary Johnson.

In Episode 5, I interviewed Jill Stein to get a retro of her campaign before jumping into the media scrum at her recount annoucement outside of Trump Tower.

In this Episode 3 segment I added animation over video to help visualize why Ranked Choice Voting is a strong reform solution for Maine.

After each episode, we did short follow up videos based on VICE's "Debriefs." The postscript of Episode 3 is good example of me in the host capacity.