A group of NY advertising, journalism, filmmaking individuals have created an interactive short film urging bipartisanship in Congress: www.iamnotyou.org
Agency: Table of Content
Writer: John Kenney
DP: Wilhelm Scholz
Director: Rick Knief
Editor: Thomas Ostuni / Hooligan
Below is a statement from the artists involved:
We are a group of New York advertising, journalism, production and filmmaking professionals who have pooled together our creative talents and resources to launch I Am Not You (www.iamnotyou.org), a message to Washington urging bipartisanship in Congress.
I Am Not You reminds us that as individuals, we share many common goals in the interest of reclaiming the best of what America stands for. Our film’s message leans left nor right. It celebrates bipartisan efforts as a solution through the many voices who represent our nation’s diverse landscape of cultural backgrounds, political leanings, lifestyles, moral and religious beliefs. We are turning to you, our creative peers and media constituents, to help spread the word.
Consider I Am Not You a modern-day chain-letter. Our project’s interactive platform allows you to simply "Agree" or "Disagree," chime in via the comments section and, most importantly, share.
It is our hope that I Am Not You will gauge public sentiment regarding partisanship in America and inspire common-sense debate among Congress AND fellow citizens because, as our film states, “Divided, we achieve nothing. Together, we can do anything.”
As contributors to this film, we come from all sides of the political spectrum. Many of us have defined our careers developing effective messaging in the ad world. But this time our message isn't attached to a brand, product, candidate, personality or public figure. It's attached to America. It’s about combining our talents to do something influential and positive for our country when it needs perspective the most, especially as elections draw closer.
WHY I AM NOT YOU?
We did it because some members of Congress couldn't even bring themselves to sit next to each other for one evening. We did it because anger and finger pointing and entrenchment are the new normal in Washington. We did it because there are schools to improve and roads to rebuild and budgets to balance and jobs to create and ideas to nurture. We did it because there are wars to end and troops to bring home. We did it because Congress is filled with good men and women who have lost sight of their job. We did it because we are better than this. How will we be remembered? What will we build? It's time to reclaim the best of what America stands for. Individual choice. Common goals. "What is it then, between us," Walt Whitman said. I am you. And you are me.