Docu Crew Films Ohio Vote

Filmmakers James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo are in Ohio shooting the feature documentary “Ohio: An American Vote.”

The duo went to Ohio eight days ago when they heard reports that Republicans were sending more than 3,000 observers to challenge voters. They quickly mobilized 11 camera crews and sprang into action.

“Ohio is the quintessential example of American democracy either gone right or gone wrong,” Stern said.

The docu, with a seven-figure budget, follows individuals and the challenges they face voting, the struggle between political parties, and court rulings and appeals.

Stern and Del Deo (“The Year of the Yao”) are co-directing and co-producing through their Endgame Entertainment. End- game is a production and a co-financing company, with credits including “Hotel Rwanda,” “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Proof.”

“The Year of the Yao” follows NBA star Yao Ming during his rookie year. It will be released this year.

“It’s been an absolute extraordinary week,” Del Deo said. “I’ve never been in an environment where people care so much about the voting process. In one of the precincts we’ve been covering, as of (Tuesday) at 1 p.m., the amount of people voting was a 161% increase over that of 2000.”

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