David Letterman’s production company Worldwide Pants has announced the start of a yet-to-be–titled feature documentary following five teenagers running for office. Production will begin this weekend and run through Election Day (November 6). Michael Moore’s former assistant Jason Pollock is directing the film which follows five men and women aged 18-20 who are trying to get elected. The film will feature:
- Â Ytit Chauhan, 18, Atlantic City, NJ, City Council: A first generation Indian-American, he wants to clean up one of the most corrupt cities in the country. After completing his first year at George Washington University, Chauhan is taking time off to run for office.
- Raul De Jesus, 20, Hartford, CT, Mayor: A first generation Puerto Rican-American who grew up in public housing in a poor family, at the age of 19 De Jesus was approved for a loan and bought his family their first house. Now 20, he is the youngest Latino to run for mayor in Hartford’s history.
- George Monger, 18, Memphis, TN, City Council: Before Monger’s campaign, the minimum age for candidates in Memphis was 23. Monger appealed to the local election commission and his name appeared on the October 4 ballot. Monger was the youngest person to run for elected office in the city’s history.
- Eric Smith, 18, Hobart, IN, Mayor: A member of the Indiana Army National Guard, Smith is running a non-partisan campaign that stresses respect for a diversity of opinions. He’s bringing a fresh perspective to the campaign and challenging his opponents on everything from how to pay for sewer repairs to how to revitalize downtown Hobart.
- Tiffany Tupper, 18, Hampton Township, PA, School Board: One of the few teen women running for office, Tupper hopes to make a difference in this community outside Pittsburgh by adding her unique voice to the political discourse. Negative chatter has never influenced Tupper’s aspirations and she won’t let it influence her decision to run.
I’m not quite sure if this new film is being played for comedy or seriousness, it definitely lacks that serious issue concept that most political documentaries play off of.
The political documentary I would most like to see be made right now is one following Steven Colbert’s run for President. I think that film, if done correctly, could gain a huge audience, be hilarious, and teach young folk about the political system without them knowing it. Which, if I’ve learned anything from Jerry Seinfeld’s wife’s cookbook, it is that sometimes we must be deceptive and covert in order to help our children.