11/4/08

Offers a multitude of mundane conversations in between scenes of voting, volunteering, returns-watching and dancing in the streets.

Experimental docu “11/4/08” consists of footage shot on a variety of digital formats on the eponymous election day by producer-director Jeff Deutchman (acquisitions manager at Gotham-based distrib IFC) and 18 of his friends, most of them indie helmers, from locations around the world. Deutchman’s edit offers a multitude of mundane conversations in between scenes of voting, volunteering, returns-watching and dancing in the streets, with a only few moments that are genuinely touching. Following a one-night showing at some 20 theaters across the U.S, pic will be available on DVD and VOD.

Progressing from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. the following day, the footage focuses mainly on Obama supporters in municipalities including Austin, Texas; Brooklyn; Chicago; Los Angeles; and New Orleans, where man-on-the-street interviews rarely elicit more than superficial commentary. Interestingly, foreigners buttonholed in cities such as Berlin, Dubai and Geneva are better able to articulate what an Obama presidency would mean to them and the world. Mixed bag of formats results in maddeningly variable tech quality, with background sound in the New York segments overwhelming subjects’ speech. At the Chicago fest digital screening caught, picture and sound quality were subpar.

11/4/08

Production: A Consensual Cinema production. Produced by Jeff Deutchman, Natalie Difford. Directed by Jeff Deutchman, Henry Joost, Lauren Goldenburg, Becky Hurwitz, Joe Swanberg, Kris Swanberg, Behn Zeitlin, Marcus Cohlan, Clara Kim, Steve Backer, Marco Naggar, Viktor Jakovleski, Thomas Humphreys, Jon Lefkovitz, Alex Sherman, Laurence Lascary, Nell Timreck, Margaret Brown, Will Schmenner.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Deutchman, Joost, Goldenburg, Hurwitz, Joe Swanberg, Kris Swanberg, Zeitlin, Cohlan, Kim, Backer, Naggar, Jakovleski, Humphreys, Lefkovitz, Sherman, Lascary, Timreck, Brown, Schmenner; editor, Deutchman. Reviewed at AMC River East, Chicago, Oct. 20, 2010. (In Chicago, SXSW film festivals.) Running time: 70 MIN.

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