Why Don’t Youth Vote?
The Drop: Why Young People Don’t Vote, looks to find the answer October 5 on TVO and October 11 on CPAC.
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TORONTO, September 2, 2015 – With the Canadian federal election weeks away, TVO and CPAC present the new one-hour documentary, The Drop: Why Young People Don’t Vote. The film follows millennial actor/filmmaker Dylan Playfair (Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story, Some Assembly Required) as he travels around Canada and the US to discover why voter turnout among young people is decreasing in North America. The Drop premieres on TVO on Monday, October 5, at 9 p.m. ET, repeating on Wednesday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET and a national simulcast with CPAC on Sunday, October 11 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. It will be available across Canada at tvo.org beginning October 6 and on CPAC.ca and the CPAC TV 2 GO app as of October 12. The documentary will have a limited theatrical release in Ottawa, Vancouver and Victoria. For a complete schedule of dates, times, and venues visit: KensingtonTV.com/TheDrop.
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In the last Canadian federal election, just 36% of young people came out to vote compared to nearly 70% of eligible voters over the age of 30. In the documentary, Playfair visits political hot spots around North America to gain insight about the younger generation’s views on voting and quest to understand the multitude of ways that people become politically engaged. This includes visits to Canada’s Parliament Hill, where he attempts to get the views of federal party leaders. In Vancouver, the filmmaker asks students why they don’t seem to know or care about the imminent provincial election. In Toronto, during the municipal election, he meets inspirational teenager, Morgan Baskin, who enters the mayoral race while still finishing high school.
The exploration travels to the US, including Nevada’s Burning Man Festival where thousands of youth congregate each year. The filmmaker uncovers barriers to voting while in Raleigh, North Carolina during the mid-terms and visits Ferguson, Missouri, still grieving and angry after the death of Michael Brown.
The exploration travels to the US, including Nevada’s Burning Man Festival where thousands of youth congregate each year. Playfair uncovers barriers to voting while in Raleigh, North Carolina during the mid-terms and visits Ferguson, Missouri, still grieving and angry after the death of Michael Brown.
The Drop: Why Young People Don’t Vote is produced by Kensington Communications and Triple Threat Films and is commissioned by TVO in collaboration with CPAC and the participation of Canada Media Fund and Rogers Documentary Fund. The Drop is directed by Kyle McCachen. Robert Lang is the Producer. Executive Producers are Robert Lang, Dylan Playfair and Ian Waddell. Executive Producer for TVO is Jane Jankovic. Kyle McCachen is Co-Producer.
About Triple Threat Films
Triple Threat Films Inc. was formed in 2014 by Ian Waddell, Dylan Playfair and Kyle McCachen who partnered during the development of the documentary The Drop: Why Young People Don’t Vote. The collaboration arose because of a desire to deliver television and film productions that can educate and entertain young audiences on issues overlooked by mainstream media, such as politics.
About Kensington Communications
Founded in 1980 by independent documentary filmmaker Robert Lang, Kensington Communications Inc. has created over 200 productions. The Toronto-based company has earned a reputation for producing exceptional, award-winning television and cross-platform media for international markets. From high-profile television events to moving personal stories, from groundbreaking science to performing arts and innovative online experiences, their diverse productions share a commitment to imagination, intelligence and passion. Productions include Canadian Screen Award-winning TV series Museum Secrets, City Sonic, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Gemini-Award-winning documentary Diamond Road, Raw Opium and other popular award-winning factual programs such as Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science, 72 Hours: True Crime, The Sacred Balance with David Suzuki and many others. For more information, visit, kensingtontv.com.
As the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, groundbreaking documentaries, and award-winning TVOKids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.
CPAC is Canada’s only privately-owned, commercial free, not for profit, bilingual licensed television service. Created in 1992 by a consortium of cable companies to preserve an independent editorial voice for Canada’s democratic process, CPAC provides a window on parliamentary, political and public affairs in Canada and the world. Since 1992, the cable industry has invested more than $50 million in CPAC. CPAC is delivered via cable, satellite and wireless distributors to over 11 million Canadian homes and is streamed live & on-demand at www.cpac.ca and on the CPAC TV 2 Go app.
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For more information:
Margaret Sirotich, Publicist, The Drop, 647-466-1746 or email@example.com