I was once a person who did not understand why voting is important. I knew it was crucial intellectually, but it wasn't personally important to me. That's why 13 years ago, I decided to make it personal by making a documentary about it. The film was my way of forcing myself down the rabbit hole. What I discovered left me inspired, confused, and overwhelmed. Eventually, the voting process earned my appreciation and I came to understand that it is a must. Period.
I traveled around America for about a year in a van with just a tiny crew and myself. I went all over the country and experienced different revelations in different destinations. The people who were kind enough to speak to me along the way ranged from politicians to comedians, high school kids to people on the street.
We are all just trying to figure it out along the way, and the less we judge or patronize, the better off we will be.
But the most important thing I learned in my yearlong journey was why voting is important for me. I will never, ever, ever, ever not vote again. Growing up, I wasn't raised in a family that influenced me in this way. We didn't speak about voting around the dinner table. But because of my documentary and my foray into a topic that can be loaded but ultimately very empowering, I will now be the kind of parent who talks about it around the dinner table with my two daughters.
I traveled around America for about a year in a van with just a tiny crew and myself... The people who were kind enough to speak to me along the way ranged from politicians to comedians, high school kids to people on the street.
We are all just trying to figure it out along the way, and the less we judge or patronise, the better off we will be. My documentary is about self-discovery, but, of course, those revelations come from learning about what other people have fought for.
If it inspires even one person like it inspired me, then I will be so happy that I released it again ahead of this crucial election. Most importantly, I hope it inspires you to get out and vote on November 8.
Watch the full film The Best Place to Start below.