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1 Hour 32 Minutes 


Ian Inaba 


Anastasia King 




DJ Shadow, SoulSavers, Theivery Corporation 




Liz Canning, Jean-Philippe Boucicaut 




2006 Sundance Film Festival
Special Jury Prize
2006 UrbanWorld Vibe
Special Jury Prize
2006 Cleveland International Film Festival
Greg Gund Memorial Audience Award
2006 Independent Film Festival of Boston
Special Jury Prize
2006 Cinequest Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary
2006 Columbus Alive Deep Focus Film Festival
Audience Award 


Whatever you think you know about our election systems or Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, this film will make you question further why the news media fails to accurately inform the public. Directed by GNN’s Ian Inaba, creator of Eminem’s “Mosh” music video, American Blackout critically examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence voices of political dissent. Many have heard of the alleged voting irregularities that occurred during the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004. Until now, these incidents have gone under- reported and are commonly written-off as insignificant rumors or unintentional mishaps resulting from an overburdened election system. 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 has found herself in the middle of her own after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Featuring: Congressional members John Conyers, John Lewis, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Bernie Sanders and jounalists Greg Palast and Bob Fitrakis. JIBRIL BEY, KENNETH BLACKWELL, BARBARA BOXER, GEORGE W. BUSH, JEB BUSH, JOHN CONYERS, FAYE COFFIELD, MARK DAVIS, TOM DELAY, CHRISTOHPER EDLEY, BOB FRITRAKIS, EDWARD HAILES, KATHERINE HARRIS, ERIC HOVDESVEN, DUNCAN HUNTER, REV. JESSE JACKSON, SHEILA JACKSON-LEE, VAN JONES, RICK KELLER, DENNIS KUCINICH, JOHN LEWIS, BILLY MCKINNEY, CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, GREG PALAST, MIKE RAFFAUF, CLAYTON ROBERTS, DONALD RUMSFELD, BERNIE SANDERS, BEN SMITH, STEPHANIE TUBBS-JONES, BILL TORPY, MAXINE WATERS, AFRA YEHWALASHET 

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Cynthia McKinney

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Cynthia McKinney

Since being elected in 1992 as the first African-American Congresswoman from Georgia, Cynthia Ann McKinney has gained national and international renown as a tireless advocate for human rights, voting rights and holding government accountable.

McKinney's voting record reflects her philosophy that government should serve to provide uplift to local communities and the dignity of the human spirit. She is known as a passionate, intelligent, charismatic and effective member of the House of Representatives and of the Democratic Party.

After ten years of service, Congresswoman McKinney lost her seat in 2002 thanks to a concerted effort by Republicans to organise voters to "cross over" and vote against her in the Democratic Primaries. McKinney made a stunning comeback in 2004, a year in which Republicans took firm control of both Chambers of Congress and the White House, when she was elected once again to represent Georgia's Fourth District.

Upon returning to Congress, McKinney brought ten years of experience with her, but was denied her seniority status and her seat on the International Relations Committee.

This has not kept her from taking on challenging and controversial issues. On the first anniversary of the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, McKinney presided at a Congressional Briefing where dozens of experts and family members of 9/11 victims gave nine hours of testimony critiquing the Report's errors, omissions and recommendations.

She was defeated again in the 2006 Democratic primary where she paid the ultimate political price for daring to ask the question "what did the Bush Administration know and when did it know it about the tragic events of September 11th".

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American Blackout

Elephant In The Room

The War You Don’t See

Greg Palast

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Greg Palast

Greg Palast is the author of two international and New York Times bestsellers based on his reportage for BBC Television’s premier current affairs program, Newsnight, and his investigative reports for Britain’s Guardian newspapers.

It was Palast who, for the Guardian and the BBC, first uncovered and documented the purge of thousands of African-American voters, wrongly named felons, by the state of Florida before the 2000 presidential election. His update of the report, for Harper’s, was nominated for an American Magazine Award.

Born in Los Angeles, Palast, an economist who studied with Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago, worked for two decades as an investigator of corporate fraud and as an expert on control of industry. His influential book in the field, Democracy and Regulation (2002/3), commissioned by the United Nations, is based on his lectures at the Cambridge University Department of Applied Economics and at the University of Sao Paolo.

PBS television’s Now profiled Palast’s BBC investigation of a “voter caging” scheme operated from the office of presidential advisor Karl Rove. Among other investigative stories Palast broadcast on the BBC was the disclosure of confidential US State Department pre-invasion plans for the oil fields of Iraq. His BBC documentary Bush Family Fortunes (2003) received the George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award. BBC has featured interviews by Palast with notables such as President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Palast is currently on assignment to Vanity Fair with law professor Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to investigate the integrity of the 2008 voting process in America. Palast, this year’s Nation Institute Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow, was named Patron of the Trinity College Philosophical Society, an honor previously bestowed on Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. He has returned from residence in London to direct his investigative team from an office on New York’s Lower East Side.

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Movies Greg Palast appears in

American Blackout

Bush Family Fortunes

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