From directors Barak Goodman (“Woodstock”) and Chris Durrance (“Gerald R. Ford: A Test of Character”) comes Slay the Dragon, the extraordinary story of how one of the worst manipulations in American politics spurred today’s deep polarization, available on DVD and for Digital purchase on July 7 from Magnolia Home Entertainment. With equal parts outrage and optimism, the documentary shines a light on the dark practice of gerrymandering and follows the inspiring stories of ordinary citizens fighting to take back our democracy.
Centering on the work of Michigan activist Katie Fahey and the organization, “Voters Not Politicians,” Slay the Dragon shows how gerrymandering — the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve a single party — poses such a great threat to our democracy. Although gerrymandering has been around for over a century, in today’s hyper-partisan political environment it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, fueled by the elimination of corporate campaign contribution limits and the availability of vast amounts of personal information. With 2021 a redistricting year that will define America’s political maps for the next decade, the story at the heart of the documentary is more important than ever and urges viewers to join the fight to save American democracy.
Slay the Dragon is a Magnolia and Participant presentation, in association with React Films, a film by Barak Goodman, an Ark Media Production. The film is executive produced by Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Coralie Charriol Paul, William von Mueffling, Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance. Grace McNally is co-producer. Co-executive producers are Daniel Simon and James Simon.
Slay the Dragon will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $26.98, and available on Digital via Apple TV, Google Play, Prime Video, FandangoNOW and more on July 7.
Ten years ago, a secretive high-tech gerrymandering initiative was launched with only one mission in mind: undermine American democracy. Directed by Barak Goodman (“Woodstock”, “Oklahoma City”) and Chris Durrance (“Gerald R. Ford: A Test of Character”), Slay the Dragon follows the real-life stories of everyday people fighting on the front lines to make sure their vote matters. As the 2020 Census approaches, American democracy is once again defending itself against those who might aim to manipulate district boundaries in an effort to sway elections. Now more than ever before, activists are taking a stand, making their voices heard and giving power back to the American people.
DVD & Digital
Street Date: July 7, 2020
Run Time: 104 minutes
Filmmaker Commentary with Director Barak Goodman, Director Chris Durrance, Co-Producer Grace McNally, and Editor Seth Bomse