Available October 10th, 6pm-10pm
Filmmaker Billy Corben is Florida’s foremost fighter for fairness. Working with Oscar-winning executive producer Adam McKay (The Big Short) and HBO, he surveys the current state of the union to ask how politics have become what they are today. His answer? #BecauseMiami, of course!
Corben’s signature hashtag is “a good answer to…some of the most unexplainable things,” he recently told Miami New Times. Perhaps nothing is more unexplainable to the two newest generations of voters than the unprecedented presidential election night of 2000, when the contested results of Florida’s nearly six million votes led to a chaotic voter recount in the state, ending five weeks later with George W. Bush winning by the razor-thin margin of 537 votes. With that incredible number as his title, Corben’s high-octane new film takes what is in danger of becoming a historical footnote and drills-down to the #BecauseFlorida machinations that took place at the time, featuring interviews from insiders and political operatives from both major political parties.
537 Votes shapes a swirl of contexts, incidents and players into a narrative that is freshly shocking and bizarrely hilarious…when it isn’t bone-chill sobering.
This exclusive GEMS World Premiere screening will be available to stream Saturday, October 10, 6pm-10pm ET only. The film will be accompanied by a Live Virtual Conversation/Q&A on October 10 at 9pm ET featuring Billy Corben and producer Alfred Spellman.