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C-SPAN Q & A: Jonathan Goodman Levitt | [Brian Lamb]

C-SPAN Q & A: Jonathan Goodman Levitt

This week on Q & A, our guest is filmmaker Jonathan Goodman Levitt. He discusses his latest project titled, Follow the Leader. He calls it a political coming-of-age documentary about three high school boys who want to become President. It follows Ben, Nick, and DJ as they transition into college and they describe the various influences that shape their political ideologies. Levitt describes his reasons for making such a film. He says the generational response to 9/11 prompted him to explore why young people believe what they do about politics.
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This week on Q & A, our guest is filmmaker Jonathan Goodman Levitt. He discusses his latest project titled, Follow the Leader. He calls it a political coming-of-age documentary about three high school boys who want to become President. It follows Ben, Nick, and DJ as they transition into college and they describe the various influences that shape their political ideologies. Levitt describes his reasons for making such a film. He says the generational response to 9/11 prompted him to explore why young people believe what they do about politics.

Levitt feels that politics is largely absent from schools today. He wants Follow the Leader to encourage civics discussions in the classroom. He says that the benefits of the film are not financial, but instead he wants it to foster political discourse. Levitt comments on what Ben, Nick, and DJ are up to now and if he still keeps in touch with them on a regular basis. He says there has been a positive response to the film across the political spectrum. [Broadcast Date: October 27, 2013]

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