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After the 2008 election, a secretive, well-funded partisan initiative poured money into state legislative races in key swing states to gain control of their redistricting processes and used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data. The result is one of the greatest electoral manipulations in U.S. history, one that poses a fundamental threat to our democracy and exacerbates the already polarized atmosphere in Congress and state houses across the country.

Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries. But in today’s hyperpartisan political environment it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, fueled by the elimination of corporate campaign contribution limits and the availability of vast amounts of personal information.

The effects of this audacious plan have continued to bear fruit through the 2018 midterms. But voters, fed up with cynical efforts to sidestep the will of the majority, have begun fighting back. In one example, a grassroots movement led by a young woman with no political experience gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures to put an anti-gerrymandering initiative on the ballot in Michigan.

The new documentary Slay the Dragon shines a light on this timely issue, and follows a handful of citizens’ groups, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally, as they battle party operatives and an entrenched political establishment to fix a broken system.

PRODUCTION TEAM

directed by
BARAK GOODMAN and CHRIS DURRANCE

produced by
BARAK GOODMAN and CHRIS DURRANCE

executive producers
JEFF SKOLL
DIANE WEYERMANN

executive producers
CORALIE CHARRIOL PAUL
WILLIAM VON MUEFFLING

co-producer
GRACE MCNALLY

edited by
SETH BOMSE

music by
GARY LIONELLI

lead assistant editor
YONI TURKIENICZ

associate producer
CHARLOTTE COOLEY

supervising producer
DORIN RAZAM-GRUNFELD

post-production supervisor
STEPHEN ALTOBELLO

archival producer
WYATT STONE

directors of photography
SAM RUSSELL
NICK RAMEY
FABRIZIO COSTANTINI

co-executive producers
DANIEL SIMON
JAMES SIMON

for participant media
DAVID LINDE – CEO
GABRIEL BRAKIN - COO
ELISE PEARLSTEIN - SVP, Documentary Film & TV
DANICE WOODLEY - SVP, Business & Legal Affairs
BRITT CARR - Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs

consultant
DAVID DALEY

additional line producing
STEF GORDON

graphics & animation

for ark media
ANDY CAHILL

colorist
CHRIS RAMEY

sound recording
CAROLS MAEDA
GEOFF GANN
JAY ROUND
JEREMY ZUNK
JOE LEO
LEN SCHMITZ
NEAL GETTINGER
PAUL RUSNAK
ROGER PHENIX
SEAN QUASHNIE

additional cinematography
BUDDY SQUIRES
DARIUS MATHIS
ERICH ROLAND
GEOFF GEORGE
HARVEY ROBINSON
JASON EXEL SUMMERS
JULIO LUZQUIÑOS
KEITH WALKER
KEVIN SHAW
MICHAEL OGNISANTI
MRINAL DESAI
RICK SMITH
SCOTT ALLMANN
SCOTT ANGER
SHLOMO GODDER
STEPHEN MCCARTHY
THOMAS KAUFMAN
GRACE MCNALLY

assistant camera
JARED AMES

grip
DREW LOUGHLIN

assistant editors
JANAH COX
AARON BRUMMER
DAN ERNST
JULIO RAMIREZ
SAM KUN
IAN DWY

for technicolor postworks new york
supervising sound editor & re-recording mixer
CHRISTOPHER KOCH

dialogue editor
ERIC DISTEFANO

sfx editor
MICHAEL ODMARK

sound project manager
CHRISTINE ANDREWS

svp, feature film & sound sales
JAY RUBIN

post-production engineer
ERIK THACKER

assistant line producer
MONA KARRENBACH

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production assistants
EMMANUEL DAVIS
NIJAL SMITH
RENARD DAVIS
CHRISTOPHER SZPUNAR
TYLER BRENNAN
DERRICK WELSBACHER
KATELYN REUTER
ADAM THOMAS

research interns
SOLOMON POLSHEK
JAMES TEMPLE
NICK WEISS
BRYSE CIALLELLA

post-production interns
DYLAN GIUDICE
RACHEL HOWARD
RACHEL LAFOND
JONATHAN LEINER
ALEX RICCIO
ALEXANDER TABET

additional research
GRIFFIN KAISER

legal services provided by
DONALDSON + CALLIF

archival materials courtesy of
ALAMY
ANNABELLE HARLESS
ARTHUR KOHL-RIGGS
ASSOCIATED PRESS
AUSTEN HUFFORD
BRIAN ALBERTH
BRIAN RAMSEY/RAMSEY@MODBEE.COM/MODESTO BEE/ZUMA PRESS
BRITTANY GREESON
CHARLES WILLIAMS
CHRIS JANKOWSKI
COMMON CAUSE
COURTNEY SACCO
CRITICAL PAST
DAVE KREISMAN
DAVID KIDD
DOUGLAS POLAND
DUSAN HARMINC
GETTY
JEFF WHEELER/MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE/ZUMA PRESS
JIM JORSTAD
KATIE FAHEY
LESLIE AMSTERDAM
M-LIVE
MARGARET DICKSON
MATT JOHNSON
NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL
NBCUNIVERSAL ARCHIVES
ODDBALL FILMS
PETER EARLE
POND5
RUTH GREENWOOD
RYAN GARZA/DETROIT FREE PRESS/ZUMA PRESS
SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES
SHUTTERSTOCK
UNRIG THE SYSTEM
WISCONSIN EYE
WNET
WOLFSON ARCHIVES

special thanks to
VOTERS NOT POLITICIANS
THE CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER
TOM HOFELLER
MARC SOLOMON
MARTIN WAYMIRE
ELIZABETH BATTISTE
RYAN KLEIER

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Date for DVD release subject to change.