"...it's a shrewd piece of work."
-Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
Democracy at Work
Ted at DeskRadio DP Dan CallsTed and Tom

Logline:

A clumsy local political campaign fights to avoid the damage caused by an enigmatic Internet rumor spread about their candidate 5 days before the election.

Short Description:

Democracy at Work is a satire that tells the story of a single day of a local political campaign in which an anonymous rumor is leaked on the Internet about their candidate. We follow three distinct perspectives reacting to the allegations: The campaign staff as they try to control the uncontrollable, the local media as they try to leverage the scandal for greater ratings, and an undecided voter who is easily swayed from one side to the other while barely paying attention. It is a commentary on the absurdity of the system.

Long Description:

Democracy at Work is a black comedy about the hilarious shortcomings of the American political process. It's In The Loop meets Clerks. Our protagonist is the confident Ted Float, manager for the Richard O'Neal campaign running in the 69th district. Ted is being interviewed for print and can't help but let slip that with only 5 days to go before voting day he has managed to steer the campaign into a comfortable 5 point lead. Ted is hopeful that O'Neal's victory will drag him out of the world of local elections and land him a job leading a national campaign.

Across town, we meet the meek Steven Mime, a public radio host for W H O R. In a morning meeting, Steven is informed by his hung over producer Hector that Steven's mundane political show, In Moderation can no longer compete with the ratings of local shock jock DP Dan. Hector, in an effort to boost ratings, has altered the show's format to mimic the opinion based cable news model. If Steven can't manage to liven up the discourse with his new liberal and conservative co-hosts, Hector will have no choice but to fire him.

The final thread to our ensemble story is Dr. Mike the lascivious undecided voter, who likes to tell people how important he thinks voting is while they sit in his dentist chair, but in actuality is more interested in running off to Vegas with his 19 year old assistant without letting his wife find out. All three characters' lives collide when an enigmatic Internet rumor is leaked about the Richard O'Neal campaign. Ted desperately tries to contain the damage. Steven finds his voice and audience by discussing the rumor. Dr. Mike's vote is swayed from one side to the other while Dr. Mike barely pays attention to anything besides his young hygienist.

Radio LightQuiet Family EveningPanic Room Team

Crew:

Wasko Khouri Written & Directed By
Wasko Khouri was born and raised in the Detroit area. His unique name comes from his immigrant great grand parents who came to America in the early 1900's; Wasko is polish and Khouri Lebanese. He moved to Los Angeles after being accepted into a graduate film program. He has worked for Universal-NBC, Deluxe Inc, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Democracy at Work marks his feature directorial debut. Currently he resides in Venice CA.

Produced By
Susan Metzger, a Marietta, Georgia native, began her filmmaking career as a producer/editor of motorcycle television programs airing on FOX, ESPN2, and the Speed Channel for an Atlanta-based production company. Since moving to LA in 2003, she has earned a film MFA from the University of Southern California and established herself as an award-winning director, producer and editor. Her short film, The Red Ace Cola Project, was the recipient of the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation Fund and has been recognized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and KCET-LA. Susan lives in Venice, CA, and works as a documentary film editor while writing/producing/and directing projects for Sand/Dollar Productions, a company she founded with her producing partner, David Kenneth Ciszewski.

Sergio Crego was born and raised in South Florida. He dropped out of film school to invest in his own independent production company. He produced several local business commercials, music videos, and award winning short films. Sergio then moved to LA and began a career in commercial post-production. He has several projects in development and plans to be writing and directing his own work in the coming year. Democracy at Work is the first feature film he has produced.

John Kearns Jr. ... co-producer
Jon Kondrath ... associate producer
Jonathan Mariande ... co-producer

Cinematography by
Charles DeRosa

Film Editing By
Susan Metzger

Production Design by
Kathryn Kenneth/

Art Direction by
Allison Schroeder

Set Decoration by
Krysten Richardson

Costume Design by
Tomika Smalls

Sound Design by

Brandon Jones

Sound Designer/Re-recording Mixer

David Gielan

Audio Post-Production Supervisor

Melody Makers Productions

Cast:

The Political Team

Michael Scovotti Michael Scovotti as Ted Float.

Michael Scovotti was born and raised in the small Westchester suburb called Bronxville, NY. After a few off-broadway productions as a child, he became immersed in sports and put acting on the back burner throughout high school and college. He graduated from Catholic University with a degree in Communications and moved back to NYC to become an actor. After some small roles on local shows including Law & Order, he decided to take a shot at Hollywood.

Upon his arrival in LA, he hit the ground running with a recurring role on a soap and some great commercial bookings. Before focusing on film, he landed roles on Cold Case, Reasonable Doubt, and Days Of Our Lives. In '09 Michael landed the lead role in the 70's spy thriller 'A Lonely Place For Dying' which is making a tremendous festival run and has won a number of awards. He's settled on the beach in Santa Monica where he currently lives with his wife Jennifer.

Matt Jones Matt Jones as Adrian Bluoff.

Matt Jones grew up in the indigenous jungles of the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles after graduating top of his class at UC Santa Barbara, earning a BFA in Acting...and a minor in Beach Recreation. Shortly after arriving, he landed a gig hosting "National Lampoon's Gamers" a show known for its spot-on video game reviews, killer events, and over-the-top comedy sketches. Oh, and its charming Host . He can now currently be seen hosting "3D Hollywood" as well as in several commercial campaigns such as Yahoo! and FoxSports. Along side Democracy at Work, he starred in numerous independent features this year, many going on to win top awards at prestigious film festivals. Need more MJ? You will find Matt Jones, Toks Olungandoye and Michael Scovotti starring in a side-splitting comedic webseries called "Callbacks" in early 2012.

While not acting, Matt Jones loves frequenting the movie theater for inspiration, reading a good book at his favorite coffee shop, hiking in Runyon Canyon, and the occasional night out on the town with his crew. He is ecstatic to be a part of Democracy at Work and would like to thank Dave and Susan along with the rest of the cast and crew for making all of this possible!

Toks Olagundoye Toks Olagundoye as Meghan Oliver.

Toks Olagundoye is a native Nigerian (everything is gonna be ok, we speak English there), who holds a BFA in theatre from Smith College. Fancy, right? She has a slew of regional and off-Broadway credits but this is indie film so let's get to the stuff you really care about: This past season she guest starred on NCIS and Prime Suspect (badass); other credits include CSI:NY, Switched At Birth, Law & Order, Ugly Betty, (film) Brown Sugar, The Salon. For more info (and fabulous photos; seriously, wanna see her half naked on an elephant?) visit www.toksolagundoye.com.

The Radio Show

Sean Spence Sean Spence as Steven Mime.

The last couple of years have been very good for Sean: in addition to playing Steven, he was cast in the Clint Eastwood directed feature film, "J. Edgar", opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as in the hit web series "Why I Hate Bitsy Malone", starring Natalie Lander.

Other recent acting jobs include co-starring in the Streamy Award winning web series "Compulsions" and the ongoing web series "Game Room" (both written by Bernie Su), and the independent film "Blood Type: Unknown", where he can be seen playing a priest (trust me, if you knew Sean, you would be laughing right now).

He has also partnered with his wife to start their own production company, RedCab Productions, where he has written, directed and starred in their award winning shorts throughout the festival circuit, both nationally and overseas. Most recently he has written and directed the web series "Far from the Tree", which is wrapping up its third season.

If you attend theatre in the Los Angeles area you may have seen Sean 'hitting the boards' as Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee and in the sketch-comedy/musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Sean would like to thank the cast and crew for their expertise and extreme talent in putting together such a wonderful film. It was a pleasure to work with you all.

Meredith Thomas Meredith Thomas as Jill Kirk.

Meredith Thomas is a multi-talented entertainer with a diverse background in stage, film, television, stand-up comedy, and commercials. Her feature films include Pleasantville, Daze with Gary Busey, and most recently Air Disaster in which she plays the First Lady of the United States.

Her television includes Nip/Tuck, The Bold & the Beautiful, and The Young & the Restless. She was a featured comic the 4th Annual Woman Leadership Conference at The House of Blues, West Hollywood, was a Finalist in The Tickled Pink Comedy Tour with the Gals of Mad TV at the Laugh Factory, and a TOP Four Finalist for The Funniest Comic in the City-LA, Season 2. In her less than ample full time she does matchmaking. Watch for her forthcoming dating book, The Meredith Method TM.

Bruno Oliver Bruno Oliver as Travis.

Bruno Oliver has appeared on a wide range of TV from The Office, Modern Family, Party Down to House, Mad Men, Criminal Minds and others. A veteran of many indie films with "Troublemaker" and "Part Time Fabulous" on the festival circuit right now, he has roles in 3 indie features currently in post-production.

You can also find him in a number of top-notch Web based projects. Bruno is a multiple award winner for his work in Los Angeles theatre and has also performed in Chicago, Seattle and various Shakespeare Festivals. Bruno is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his M.F.A. from University of Washington's prestigious Professional Actors Training Program. www.BrunoOliver.

Ed Refuerzo Ed Refuerzo as Hector.

Ed, a Los Angeles native, has been acting for several years and has been seen in a variety of stage, television, and film productions, including 2008 Sundance Film Festival selection Reversion and Luna Playhouse's 2010 Two Plays by Yukio Mishima. He has studied improv at The Groundlings and is currently attending classes at Scott Sedita Acting Studios. He continues to pursue his career in Los Angeles while writing and producing his own projects.

Robin Shelby Robin Shelby as Debra Mime.

Robin is thrilled to be a part of the amazing cast and creative team of "Democracy at Work"! Robin worked on the visual effects team at ILM that brought Ghostbusters 2 to life. In fact, she was the actress who portrayed Slimer! Robin Shelby can also be seen in such films as Beverly Hills Cop III, 3 Wise Women, Meet The Zillas, and the comedy Web Series Far from the Tree. She has also been seen on the TV series "Cybill" starring Cybill Shepherd as well as "The Home Court" starring Pamela Reed.

The Dental Group

Marty Lodge as Dr. Mike
Debbie Kagy as Tiffany
Sherrie Lewandowski as Sheila
Sasha Carrera as Marilyn

Full Cast

Ericka Kreutz as Cindy Doolan
Christian Levatino as the Fixer
Kyle Steven Templin as Tom Stern
Alex Knudsen as the Photographer
Anastasia Savko as Photographer's Assistant
John Kearns Jr. as Mark Thomas
Robert Evans as Male Model
Toni Perkins as Female Model

Stills:

Contact:

Sand/Dollar Productions
606b Victoria Ave.
Venice, CA 90291

Susan Metzger
323.573.2607

Sergio Crego
323.667.5879