BY THE PEOPLE is an insider’s
look at who and what it takes to put on an American election. Set in
Indianapolis, Indiana – a blue city inside a longtime red state – as
events unfold over the 11 days leading up to and including the 2004
Presidential election, this unprecedented documentary vividly reveals
the myriad of activities required to maintain the most basic element of
democracy—our right to vote.
For many Americans, elections are a mind-numbing
barrage of media hype, sloganeering and partisan animosity. Little
attention is paid to the real work that goes on.
Armed with an unflinching eye, a storyteller’s
sensibility and a sense of humor, first time director Malindi Fickle
dramatically captures average Americans of all political stripes working
side by side to insure that everyone in Indianapolis who wants to vote
is able to vote.
The result is a refreshingly honest,
surprisingly funny and unexpectedly inspiring story about the
guts of our political process.