MAKE Accepted into Virginia Film Festival

Lisbet Byler

October 22, 2019


In January of 2019, MAKE films forged a partnership with the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and VPM PBS with the goal of producing a documentary series about how democracy is faring in our current world but also how and if we might strengthen democracy through our education, our words, and our actions.


The film series titled Dismantling Democracy is currently slated for a 2020 release, but part 1 will be screened at the Virginia Film Festival! Following the screening will be a discussion with interview subject Ann Dowd from The Handmaid’s Tale, moderated by Executive Producer Larry Sabato.

Virginia Film Festival | Saturday, October 26th | 2:00pm | Culbreth Theatre | Get your ticket!


Dismantling Democracy examines new and old democratic structures of government in the United States and around the world. Featuring intimate interviews with key players offering powerful perspectives, the documentary depicts the gradual deterioration of the effectiveness of government for, of, and by the people. Economic imbalances, racial tension, xenophobia, and a global rise in populism exist at odds with the fundamental democratic principles of fairness, equality, and justice. Through a critical look at the history and current state of democracies, it becomes evident that preserving democracy is a feat no less significant than its establishment. So, are We the People up to this pressing task of preserving democracy? The film issues a call to act before the deterioration of democracy continues.

Featuring: Ted Cruz, Ann Dowd, Larry Sabato, Tim Kaine, Michael Abramowitz, Margaret Brennan, Rosa Clemente, Ian Bremmer, Jalane Schmidt, Steven Levitsky, Chris Sabatini, Jamelle Bouie, and more.

Learn more about Dismantling Democracy here.