festival program / Special Presentation

Centerpiece Screening: 537 Votes



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.

Event Dates

October 10, 2020 to October 10, 2020 6pm – 10pm ET


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Director Bio

Billy Corben is a Florida native and co-founder (with producing partners Alfred Spellman and Dave Cypkin) of the Miami-based production studio Rakontur. He has directed feature documentaries such as Raw Deal: A Question of Consent (2001), Cocaine Cowboys (2006), Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja (2011), Dawg Fight (2015 world premiere at Miami Film Festival), and created numerous works for television, including “The U” for ESPN. In 2019, Rakontur made Miami Film Festival history when they won two top awards for two different films in the same year – Screwball, which won the Audience Award, and Magic City Hustle, which won the $10,000 Documentary Achievement Award.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Billy Corben
  • Producer(s)
    Billy Corben, Alfred Spellman, Adam McKay, Todd Schulman
  • Editor(s)
    Harris Mendheim
  • Composer
    Brian Robertson
  • Cast
    Roger Stone, Al Cárdenas, Joe Geller

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Country
    United States
  • Run-Time
    107 minutes
  • Language