We were excited when the ACLU first approached us about doing some work for them. But we didn't immediately jump out of our seats when they introduced the topic of felon disfranchisement. That changed when we looked at the story and understood that the problem of felon disfranchisement in Florida alone probably changed the course of American history by putting George Bush in the White House in the 2000 Presidential Election.

Statistics are one thing, but having people to tell the story is just as important. Attending our first meeting with a group of former felons working to get their voting rights back, we met Paul Robinson and Andres Idarraga, whose stories immediately made us feel like this project was destined for a national audience. After producing an advocacy video on this issue for the ACLU, we continued to follow our characters and the subject for own independent 90-minute documentary: American Ghosts: Speaking out for the five million voiceless.

That five million figure represents former felons living and working in the community and paying their taxes, who are barred from voting in the US. Telling personal stories about crime, rehabilitation and, ultimately forgiveness, American Ghosts follows characters in three key states - Alabama, Florida and Rhode Island, as they struggle to have their voices heard. The production was shot over two years, ending with the November 2006 election, when Rhode Island voters decided to change the felon disfranchisement legislation written into its constitution. Alabama and Florida, too, saw progress during this time because of the activism of our characters. Their successes and frustrations with a society that often holds them at arm's length, makes for a compelling and exciting documentary.

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