Represent
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Represent

  • BY Hillary C. Bachelder | IN Elections
    Premiered October 26, 2020

About the Film

Local elections, especially those in smaller cities in Middle America, are often overlooked by national media, even though the dynamics at play can mirror — and even predict — the ebb and flow of America’s large-scale political landscape. Represent follows three women running for office in the heart of the Midwest leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, as they take on entrenched local political networks and fight to reshape politics on their own terms. MORE

When 22-year-old activist Myya Jones, a former Congressional intern and a college senior, announces her candidacy for mayor of Detroit she faces impossibly long odds. As word gets out, her campaign team — young women of color inspired by Myya — continues to grow. Meanwhile, in rural Granville, Ohio, after a nudge from a local women-led group established in response to the 2016 election, 33-year-old Bryn Bird, a farmer and working mother who grew up as a Democrat in the conservative Midwest countryside, runs for Township Trustee against an "old boys' network." And in a Chicago suburb, Korean American Julie Cho, a conservative Republican, faces unlikely odds against a popular incumbent Democrat in a race for State Representative while she also faces some outdated viewpoints from older voters within her own party. 

Represent depicts the varying degrees of microaggressions faced by women candidates who run for office, and ultimately shows how much these contenders have in common, despite being on different points on the political spectrum.


The Filmmaker


Hillary Bachelder is a documentary director, cinematographer, and editor and the founder of Backbone Films in Chicago. She is the former Director of Production at Kartemquin Films and earned both editing and production credits on over a dozen of the company’s critically acclaimed films and series, including the Emmy-award-winning Trials of Muhammad Ali, POV’s Raising Bertie, and Oscar-nominated Minding the Gap. Over the last ten years, Hillary has earned cinematography credits on films such as The Dilemma of Desire, which premiered at South by Southwest in 2020, and the ongoing Fighting Time series. Her editing work includes a 2018 Edward R. Murrow award-winning New York Times series. LESS

Film Credits

DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHER, AND EDITOR
Hillary Bachelder

PRODUCERS
Rachel Pikelny
Anne Sobel

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Jolene Pinder
Betsy Steinberg
Gordon Quinn
Sally Jo Fifer
Lois Vossen

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Amy Shatsky

CONSULTING PRODUCERS
Rosie Garthwaite
Noland Walker

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Carina Nieto

ORIGINAL SCORE
Paul Brill

GRAPHICS
Sarofsky

MUSIC SUPERVISOR
Dawn Madell

CONSULTING EDITOR
Miranda Yousef

ADDITIONAL EDITORS
Amber Love
Sikay Tang

FEATURING
The Adams Family
The Bird and Walsh Families
Bryn Bird
Bobby Burns
Dennis Cauchon
Julie Cho
Taylor Harrell
Myya Jones
The Locke Family
Michelle Newman
Barry Randolph
Melanie Schott
Ceciel Shaw
Herman Starks

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Margaret Byrne
Ashley O'Shay Mills
Liz Stanton
Adam Sobel

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS
Nick Nummerdor
Matthew McClish
John Montgomery

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Nancy McDonald
Clara Rotter-Laitman

COLOR CORRECTION
Nolo Digital Film, Inc.

SOUND DESIGN AND MIX
Sarah Krohn

ARCHIVAL RESEARCH AND TRANSCRIPTION
Lola DiNizio

POST-PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Matt Taylor

ADDITIONAL GRAPHICS
Peter DiCamillo
Leila Register
Jessika Savage

TRANSLATORS
Jung-Ah Kim
Yooyeon Shim

GRANT WRITER
Alison Hanold

FOR KARTEMQUIN FILMS
Director - Film Strategy
Tim Horsburgh

Director - Development
Joanna Lakatos

Director - Finance
Andrea de Fraga & Jamie Bourne

Director – Production and Post
Risé Sanders-Weir

Technical Director
Jim Morrissette

Post-production Associate
Ingrid Roettgen

Director - Editing
Leslie Simmer

Director - Programs and Engagement
Laura Gomez-Mesquita

ADDITIONAL KARTEMQUIN STAFF
Max Asaf * Abbie Brewer * Carlos Cova * Tina Figueroa * Ryan Gleeson *
Keira Kennedy * Tikahya Lampley * Julia Martin * Nancy McDonald *
Viorica Mereuta * Anu Rana * Leah Sacks * Elise Schierbeek *
Whitney A. Spencer * Anthony Stoll * Emily Strong * Pedro Urgiles

 LEGAL COUNSEL
Holland & Knight LLP
Peter Jaszi

ARCHIVAL MATERIALS BY
Arirang News * C-Span Archives * Chicago Sun-Times * Detroit Historical Society * Fox News * History Channel * Huffington Post * Illinois House Democratic Caucus * KBS News *KRCB TV * League of Women Voters * MSNBC * National Archives & Records Administration * NBC News * The New York Times * The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson *
United States Army Signal Corps (USASC) * WXYZ-TV Detroit / ABC 7

MUSIC COMPOSED AND PRODUCED BY
Paul Brill
at Casa de Rico y Luca, Brooklyn

ADDITIONAL MUSIC COMPOSED WITH
Elizabeth Ziman and Matt Ray
Recorded Winter 2020 by Christopher Shurtleff
at Sterling Society Social Club, Brooklyn

MUSIC
“Running”
Performed by Gauche
Courtesy of Merge Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music

“Change Is Hard”
Performed by She & Him
Courtesy of Merge Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music

“Man Done Wrong” and “The Hour”
Performed by Valerie June
Courtesy of Concord

“Anonymous Club”
Performed by Courtney Barnett
Courtesy of Mom + Pop
By Arrangement with Hidden Track Music

SPECIAL THANKS
Kirstine Barfod
Hedgebrook
Ursula Liang
Mix Kitchen

PRODUCTION SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Chicago Media Project Impact Grant Fund

FUNDING PROVIDED BY
Fork Films
Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership Training Academy
Democracy Fund
Marjorie Roswell through the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
American Documentary and Animation Film Festival (AmDocs) Film Fund
Kat White
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
And others. A complete list available from PBS.

ORIGINAL SERIES FUNDING PROVIDED BY
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

Represent is a co-production of BACKBONE FILMS LLC, KARTEMQUIN FILMS, and ITVS, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

This program was produced by REPRESENT DOCUMENTARY LLC, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2020 REPRESENT DOCUMENTARY LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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