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Film Heavyweights to Judge McCracken Ad Contest

Brewster McCracken

Hey gang, I was forwarded the following press release about a new filmmaking contest sponsored by the McCracken Mayoral campaign team and I wanted to forward it on to the Alamo community.  I for one, have no doubt in my mind that Brewster is the ONLY choice for mayor in the upcoming May election and I am excited to be able to do anything to help him win this race.  Even if you don't care at all about the race but you have some chops behind the lens of a camera, this is still a great chance to get four of the most influential figures in the film and gaming world to lay eyes on your creative work.  Details on the contest are below:

McCracken Campaign and Austin Film and Gaming Heavyweights Announce Citizen Ad Competition

Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater, Elizabeth Avellan and Richard Garriott will be final judges of Your City – Your Vision – Your Ad competition.  Winner to be aired during Daily Show/Colbert Report Hour.

(Feb. 2, 2009 – Austin)  Austin filmmakers Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater and Elizabeth Avellan, and gaming pioneer Richard Garriott will join Brewster McCracken to serve as final judges for a TV ad competition sponsored by McCracken’s mayoral campaign.

The Your City – Your Vision – Your Ad competition will invite Austinites to articulate their vision for Austin’s future in a 30-second TV spot.  The winning entry will be aired in the Austin region for a week during The Daily Show/Colbert Report hour in April.

“This election is about unifying our city around a common vision for Austin’s future and making it a reality,” said Mayor Pro Tem Brewster McCracken.  “I believe we have a shared vision, but we each describe it differently.  This competition will create an opportunity for professionals and amateurs alike to capture their vision and share it with the whole city. And having their work viewed and judged by four of Austin’s most accomplished film and digital media pros will be a pretty exciting opportunity for our creative arts community.”

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, co-founder of Troublemaker Studios, put it more plainly:  “You make the movie, and I’ll bring the popcorn.”

Because the airtime will be purchased with campaign funds, finance rules require the campaign to add disclosures to the winning ad before it is aired. However, this is not a “Brewster for Mayor” competition.  It is a creative competition.  Entries should not include mentions or visuals of any candidate – including McCracken.

“Just as President Obama said last fall, this election isn’t about me and my future. It’s about you and your future,” McCracken said. “I want this ad competition to reflect that principle.”

The entry period will open February 23 and close March 20. A volunteer advisory group of Austin film and digital media professionals will review entries and determine a list of finalists from which the final judges will select a winner.  The winning ad will be announced on April 3.

Select entries will be featured on McCracken’s campaign website throughout the mayoral campaign.

More information about the competition, including legal disclosures (permissions/copyright/etc) and technical specifications regarding competition entries will be posted on McCracken’s campaign website ( this week.

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