Postcards from the Great Divide

About This Collection


Produced by independent filmmakers, Postcards from the Great Divide is a series of nine short documentaries examining the deeply partisan split among the American electorate. The series travels to key locations across the United States to help provide a greater understanding of how changing demographics and political self-sorting will continue to have a profound effect on American politics for years to come.

Telling memorable stories with compelling on-camera characters, each Postcard brings a specific political issue to life, and provides an in-depth look at a specific demographic or partisan environment. The shorts challenge conventional wisdom, and guides the average viewer towards a clearer understanding of the sometimes mysterious ways political demography has become destiny.

"THE BIG SORT"
Filmmaker: Heather Courtney
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

"THE GIANT STILL SLEEPS/EL GIGANTE DUERME TODAVíA"
Filmmaker: Miguel Alvarez
Location: Pasadena, Texas


"MILLION-DOLLAR SCHOOL BOARD"
Filmmakers: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker and Paul Stekler
Location: Jefferson County, Colorado

"POST-OBAMA DRAMA"
Filmmakers: Cyndee Readdean and Deborah Hardt
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

"WHATEVER HAPPENED TO WISCONSIN NICE?"
Filmmaker: Brad Lichtenstein
Location: Madison, Wisconsin

"PURPLE REIGN"
Filmmaker: Laura Nix
Location: Tacoma, Washington

"SWINGING LAS VEGAS"
Filmmakers: Laura Pacheco and Jackie Mow
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

"GIBRALTAR MAY TUMBLE"
Filmmakers: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker and Paul Stekler
Location: Fancy Farm, Kentucky

"BLUE WIND ON A RED PRAIRIE"
Filmmakers: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker and Paul Stekler
Location: Hastings, Nebraska


Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Latino Public Broadcasting. Production by Midnight Films and The Center for New American Media. In partnership with PBS’ Election 2016 initiative and The Washington Post.