SURGE is a documentary about the unprecedented surge of first-time female
candidates since the 2016 presidential election.
Millions of women have had enough. Angered by Donald Trump’s election, scared that their rights are under siege, and worried about America’s future, women are tired of being ignored. And now in record numbers – they are motivated to do something about it. Since the presidential election, nearly 20,000 women have raised their hands to run for office.
SURGE follows a group of female candidates from around the country on their journeys - from early training sessions in June 2017 through Election Day in November 2018. We also explore why the United States is ranked a shocking 101st in the world for its female representation. Women hold only about 20 percent of all national-level seats and numbers on the local level are equally, if not more, abysmal. Will the surge of candidates in 2018 lead to more gender equity in politics and government?
Please join us! Help us raise money for the film and our hope to bring attention to the thousands of women taking action in their communities.
We need to raise $25,000 for shoots in Indiana, Texas and California, and for editing footage into a sample reel.
We believe recent election wins are a harbinger for what will come in 2018. Check out the NY Times article about how women notched "impressive election victories" on November 7, 2017 here.
Races we follow in SURGE:
TEXAS - JANA LYNNE SANCHEZ & WOMEN ON FIRE
Jana Lynne Sanchez, a Democrat, is trying to turn one of the reddest states blue and unseat Republican Joe Barton, a long-time congressman recently implicated in extra-marital affairs and sending lewd photos and videos. She says that she’s running because she is opposed to career politicians. Her grandparents were migrant farm workers from Mexico. Jana has created an all-female Democratic candidate network of 20, largely first-time candidates running for office all over Texas. They call themselves WOMEN ON FIRE. They are running for both Congressional and statewide offices.
MARYLAND - KRISH VIGNARAJAH - CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR
Krish is running to unseat the current governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan. In September 2017 she launched her campaign outside the basement apartment in Baltimore County where her parents brought her as a baby after fleeing civil war in Sri Lanka. She is the only woman in a crowded Democratic primary. She is former policy director for First Lady Michelle Obama.
INDIANA - LIZ WATSON - US HOUSE DISTRICT 9
Liz lives in southern Indiana and is a long-time advocate for working people and fair pay. Liz’s roots in Indiana date back to the Civil War, when her great-great grandfather fought for the Union from Huntington, Indiana. She comes from generations of hardworking Hoosiers: a postal inspector, carpenter, refrigerator and electrical repairman, teachers, and the owner of the Feed and Grain Store in Shoals.
FLORIDA - EMMA COLLUM - FLORIDA STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 93
This race starts with a Democratic primary in September 2018 where two activists and Women’s March organizers, Emma Collum and Stephanie Myers, are running to replace retiring Republican George Moraitis. The race for district 93 is being closely watched by the Broward County Democratic Leadership - it is a chance to flip the last red seat in an all blue county. Neither Emma nor Stephanie has run for office before.
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All donations are tax deductible. Our fiscal sponsor is Aubin Pictures, founded by Catherine Gund. The mission of Aubin is to develop, produce, and distribute documentary films and videos that promote cultural and social awareness and strategic and sustainable social transformation.
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