Archive for the ‘videos’ Category

Former Illegal Immigrants Voted for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Sue Salinger found this video of an Obama-supporting family in California. They're talking about their votes on a moonlit night just after casting their ballots. Erick, a 30-year-old who likes Sade and Pablo Neruda, first films his giddy mom and slightly embarrassed teenaged brother (a first-time voter). Then he turns ...

First-Time Voter in Florida

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Twenty-six-year-old Shantell Yvonne Kight, a "mama for Obama," filmed 45-year-old Mr. Caldwell, an early and first-time voter, outside the Regency Square Public Library in Jacksonville, Florida. He says he was blessed to vote and make a piece of history. Shantell made the video for a cool4pro project called Video the ...

High-Tech Stars and Stripes

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this video made by tech-geek artist Evan Roth. Evan lives in Hong Kong and delights in violating copyright and vandalism laws. This video does neither -- it's simply some USB-powered flag waving for voting day. [fi5e / Vimeo] Something about this seems a bit tongue-in-cheek. Is the "made in ...

Peer Pressure to Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Seriously, all the cool kids are doing it. Nineteen-year-old TheMuffinShow says so. Vote. (Hat tip to Sue Salinger.) I'm going. Right now.

Whatever You Do, Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Unconvinced by the chihuahua? Singer and rapper dilliot2k in Atlanta will motivate you to get yourself to the polls. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) Get up and vote.

Chihuahua Sez: Go Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

If you're feeling apathetic or just lazy about casting a ballot, Girlfriend the Chihuahua has a message for you. Courtesy of chuxyux. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) Girlfriend has teeth. So hop to it.

Condolences to Obama on His Grandmother’s Death

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Obama's grandmother -- Madelyn Dunham -- died yesterday in Hawaii. One day before the election. RedneckCabbie, a 27-year taxicab veteran now living and working in Minneapolis, offers his simple, heartfelt condolences. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) RedneckCabbie says it as well as anyone.

Do Iraqis Prefer McCain or Obama?

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

The blog Alive in Baghdad aims to "empower[...] Iraqi citizen journalists to share their stories with the world." We featured their work previously here. In this video, Iraqis talk about the US election: about who they think is likely to win and and who would make a difference for Iraq. ...

A Whole Lot of Pie

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Obama started talking about sweet-potato pie in his stump speeches earlier this month. It started as an anecdote about a Republican diner owner who is unhappy with the state of the country -- and became a way of connecting with his audience. At a rally in West Philadelphia on October ...

Whipper Snapper Phone Banking for Obama

Posted by Ann | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] Have you guys met Henry? No? Well, allow me the pleasure of introducing you. Henry lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He loves comedy, bowling, Barack Obama, and walleye fishing, but we're thinking he has a future in speech writing. Henry blogs about fishing, contributes to wikiHow, ...

The Maverick Brand

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

DSquid1901, or Bryan Boyce, is a San Francisco film and video artist. (Featured before here.) He has a talent for satire. In this citizen ad, he takes on McCain's "maverick" brand and ties it mischievously to "spreading the wealth." (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) Great soundtrack.

Homeless Voters

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this cool4pro video made by Oren Goldenberg for the citizen-journalism site The Uptake. It features a homeless (or formerly homeless?) man in Detroit talking about being turned away at a polling place; and an ACLU rep explaining that homeless Michigan voters are allowed to vote, even if ...

Venetian Gondoliers Belt It Out for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

If you believe the tallies at If the World Could Vote?, people outside the US are rooting for Obama. This is not a scientific survey, and the numbers are surely skewed (just look at the figures for America). But it is a noteworthy interactive site put together by three curious ...

Oui On Peut

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Whirlybirdbrand, an "old school dance hall and saloon" in Opelousas, Louisiana -- the "heart of Creole and Cajun country" -- posted this music video. It's an infectious zydeco riff on "Yes We Can." In French. Subtitles included. You might find yourself tapping your feet even if you're voting for McCain. You ...

Campaign Video Art

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Mycloudofdreams calls this video Decision 2008. It shows close-ups of the talking mouths of both candidates, and it's set to ethereal music. The only words you hear are, "I'm ___, and I approve this message." The meaning? Up to you to decide. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [mycloudofdreams / Vimeo.] Is this about empty ...

A Nerd He Can Believe In

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

New York hip-hop vlogger Jay Smooth -- a ballotvoxregular featured here and here -- usually has something to say about whatever the rest of us are talking about. Only he's better at it. This is Jay on the confusion of the economy. He'd like to have "the annoying smart guy" at ...

Early Voter in North Carolina

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Thirty-year-old Jenifer from North Carolina stood in line at her local library a few days ago to vote early for Obama. Here she is in her car just after casting her ballot -- and explaining with visible emotion what that meant to her as a moment of history, an action ...

Stock Market, Meet Sewer

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 20th, 2008

The stock market rose today, but not enough to overpower the forceful message in this video by globetrotting street artist ABOVE. It shows California graffiti of the market taking a nosedive... into the sewer. (Thanks to volunteer curator Roshan Abraham.) [ABOVE / Vimeo] One of the big questions for undecided voters, of ...

On the GOP’s Use of Fear

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Last Friday at a rally near Minnesota, John McCain reversed course somewhat on linking Obama to terrorists. McCain told a supporter that Obama is a "decent person" he shouldn't be "scared" of. In response, the audience booed McCain. Reigned-in engineer PoliticalOverload -- another ballotvoxregular -- takes on the GOP's use of ...

Obama Predicted Negative Attacks

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Jed Lewison is a ballotvoxregular (featured here and here). More importantly, he lives in Las Vegas, where he writes political thrillers, no doubt informed by his time as a Democratic Senate staffer. He bases this mashup on a July speech, in which Obama predicts that the McCain campaign will portray ...