AMERICAN BLACKOUT premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. This outstanding documentary recounts the events that the mainstream media overlooked during the 2000 and 2004 elections in several states, where many African-American voters were turned away at the polls.
AMERICAN BLACKOUT is produced by Anastasia King, and edited by Ian Inaba, Jean-Philippe Boucicaut and Liz Canning. The movie has won six awards: Special Jury Prize US Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2006 - Best Feature Documentary, Cinequest Film Festival 2006 - Special Jury Prize, Independent Film Festival of Boston 2006 - Audience Award, Columbus Alive Deep Focus Film Festival 2006 - Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition Award and Audience Award, Cleveland International Film Festival 2006 - Best Feature Documentary, Urbanworld Vibe Film Festival 2006.
Haitian-American editor and Emmy Award winner Jean-Philippe Boucicaut will travel from California to present this movie. A panel of community leaders along with the editor will comment on the facts presented on the movie.
Jean Philippe Boucicaut has more than twenty years experience in film and television and has won many awards among which: a DuPont-Columbia Gold Baton, an Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award. His most recent projects have been Citizen King for the American Experience, Russian Trinity, This Far by Faith, and Matters of Race. He has won the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking.
In the past four years, Berkeley, California native Ian Inaba has transformed from a strategic advisor and creative consultant to an acclaimed director and producer. In 2000 he cofounded the Guerrilla News Network (GNN), and in 2004 his controversial music video for Eminem's "Mosh" was nominated for MTV's Breakthrough Music Video Award and incited throngs of young people to vote. A former investment banker, Inaba was CEO of Switch Technologies before forming GNN. He is a graduate of the School of Engineering and Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.