The Youngest Candidate

June 11, 2009

When I saw The Youngest Candidate, I found it to be both an inspiring example of young people getting involved in the political process and a sobering reminder of how the two-party system in America has turned the two parties into clubs, divided into members and outsiders. I decided to make art for the film because I think those are equally important lessons in democracy, especially for anyone who wants to change things and for anyone convinced that things will never change.

– Shepard

The Youngest Candidate’ is a feature length documentary film directed by Jason Pollock. It is 1st feature doc ever produced by David Letterman’s company, Worldwide Pants, in partnership with Oscar winner Lawrence Bender (producer of ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, etc..) and Balance Vector Productions (producers of ‘Crips & Bloods: Made In America’).  It follows the story of 4 teens that ran for public office in America. Funny, inspiring, poignant, and ultimately uplifting, ‘The Youngest Candidate’ is not just a film about running for office. It is the coming of age story of four idealistic young adults who dared to confront the corrupt political systems in America. Through their journey these young candidates learn about fair play, leadership development, racism in politics, the importance of family, and many other lessons that they will carry with them throughout their lives. In the face of great adversity, these four young adults braved all the odds to make it to Election Day to show that regardless of the outcome, it didn’t matter… It’s all about how you play the game.

Here is a link to the Los Angeles Film Festival Website’s link for The Youngest Candidate:

Here is a link to Youngest Candidate Blog:

Here is a link to the YOUNITED Foundation Website where you can buy tickets for 15 dollars:



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