On the eve of an election that has many American women fired up for change, Electable is highlighting films that tell the stories of candidates running for local office, particularly in “flyover” states.
Celebrity judges of the short film contest include Ari Afsar, who played “Eliza” in the Broadway musical Hamilton and co-wrote the new musical Jeannette based on the life of the first female Congresswoman; and former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and now President & CEO at LGBTQ Victory Fund & LGBTQ Victory Institute, will serve as judges in the ‘She is Electable’ film contest, hosted by AudPop.
Electable is an online membership organization that helps women run, win, and lead in local public office.
“The contest highlights the stories of women candidates and elected officials who are running, winning, and leading locally, in their home communities,” said Electable co-founder Caitlin Copple Masingill, a former Missoula, Montana city councilwoman. “We want to demystify running for office for women, especially since local governments can be less prone to the hyper-polarization we see at the national level.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Electable to tell the powerful stories of women running for public service to advance communities and make a real change in our country.” said CEO and Founder of AudPop, Paige Williams.
Less than 24% of mayors of U.S. cities with over 30,00 population are women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Female representation in state legislatures hovers around 30%, and gender parity on city councils and other local elected bodies isn’t tracked.
“Recent research shows that women are as likely as men to win office when they run,” said Electable co-founder Dr. Christina Barsky. “The ‘She is Electable’ film challenge is one way to elevate female political ambition and, hopefully, inspire more women to see ourselves as electable.”
Filmmakers, elected officials (past or current), and candidates may submit a two-minute film now through Oct. 22. On Oct. 27, the panel of judges will award one Grand Prize winner who will receive $2,000 and three honorable mentions who will receive $1,000 each. Complete details can be found here: https://audpop.com/electable/sheiselectablefilmchallenge.
Founded in April 2020 by political scientist Dr. Christina Barsky and public relations expert Caitlin Copple Masingill, Electable trains women to run, win, and lead in local public office, particularly in “flyover” states. Download the “From Couch to Capitol” guide at www.electablewomen.com.
AudPop partners with visionary brands and agencies to create original premium video content that tells a powerful story. By connecting clients with more than 75,000 diverse and talented filmmakers, AudPop helps create quality video content rooted in real, genuine stories from artists representing 190 countries across the globe. Learn more about www.audpop.com.