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John Wellington Ennis is a filmmaker in Los Angeles. His production company Shoot First Inc. in Hollywood specializes in political messaging with a viral sensibility.

FREE FOR ALL!, his 2008 documentary about election fraud, was called "engrossing, even enraging" by Roger Ebert. His next film, PAY 2 PLAY, explores political corruption at its comic heights while examining the need for campaign finance reform. Ennis directed and produced a feature comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Wild Girls Gone, starring Amy Poehler in a Florida political satire. His Big Pharma documentary Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety was recommended by the American Library Association as a must-see.

His new book Where Else But the Streets is a photo dossier of street artists in Los Angeles with interviews conducted during the making of PAY 2 PLAY. Ennis is on the board of Public Interest Pictures, and co-founder of Video the Vote, a non-partisan, not for profit group that documents and reports voting problems, at Ennis was voted Mr. Lower East Side for 2002.

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March Against Monsanto Takes Action in Hollywood

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 6:13 PM

A few hundred people marched through Hollywood on Saturday to protest genetically modified organisms (GMO's) and the corporate giant Monsanto. Gathering at Hollywood Blvd. and La Brea, the marchers held a direct action, asking protesters to plant organic seedlings in the public park. The many honking horns of passers-by was...

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LydiaEmily Breaks Out in Bound

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 9:40 PM

LydiaEmily's new art show Bound opened at the Garboushian Gallery in Beverly Hills Saturday night to an overflow crowd of fans and supporters, including some wearing bandanas and braid wigs in tribute to the artist. A portrait painter who found that the streets offered an ideal forum for...

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Teacher: A Street Artist Trying to 'Teach Peace'

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 6:43 AM

Teacher is one of the most accomplished and prolific street artists in Los Angeles. True to his name, Teacher's focus has been on education and the vital need to focus on the most important resource we have: our children. His emergence in 2011 coincided with a major push against educators...

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Star Wars Unveiling: Our Next Amendment

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 8:02 PM

It is a dark time for the republic. Imperialist forces have colluded to make a mockery of our democratic process, not unlike Palpatine's maneuverings in advance of his dissolution of the Imperial Senate. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's disastrous decisions Citizens United, and McCutcheon, the last remnants of...

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The Paper Chase, Starring James Bopp

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 6:57 PM

Campaign finance laws, put in place painstakingly over time by generations of reformers, are designed to allow the electoral process to function fairly. Because large sums of money can affect an election and undermine the point of a democratic process, campaign finance laws are able to regulate the amount of...

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Free Humanity: Street Art for the People

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 2:31 PM

He had me at "Political Star Wars Street Art."

From lotus flowers to veiled women, Free Humanity has been getting up all over Los Angeles for years now. Pastes, stencils, installation pieces, Free runs the gamut in his artistic arsenal of urban utensils used in applying his artwork all over....

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The PSA Crew: Keeping the Streets Safe for Street Art

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 10:18 PM

Meet The P.S.A. Crew. Eluding law enforcement and surviving in the Los Angeles Underground, this elite band of street artists engages in civic-minded service through subversive means. This A-Team of taggers has been seen all over town defacing corporate ads posing as street art, putting up progressive orgs stickers, and...

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Time to Take a Stand Against Money in Politics

(22) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Democracy was blindsided four years ago in Citizens United when the Supreme Court gave an answer to a question it was never asked. What began as regional TV ads for an on-demand movie somehow let the Supreme Court undo a century of campaign law, insisting that no amount of money...

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The Vision & Mission Of Bob Edgar (Video)

(4) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Bob Edgar, the president and CEO of Common Cause, has passed away at the age of 69. Bob was active and on point up to the end, having recently held a forum for the 40th Anniversary of Watergate, speaking in public last week, and even

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VIDEO: Voter Protection Or Voter Suppression?

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 12:53 PM

During the 2012 election, the realities of voter suppression have become the new horse race. Where campaign coverage previously relished the focus on who was raising the most money, this year, cable news has been delivering the updates from Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, as various voting restrictions are shot down...

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In Charlotte, Not The Usual Protestor Problems

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 6:27 PM

The political conventions have become a reliable playing field for protesters from all walks of life to gather outside the conventions where their voices won't be heard otherwise. This was most dramatically realized in 1968 at the DNC in Chicago, when over a million anti-war protesters descended on the streets...

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Creative Coalition Takes The Patron Express To The DNC

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 5:43 PM

At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the art of hospitality, celebrity sighting, and charitable causes converged at the Patron Express party held for the Creative Coalition. The Creative Coalition attends both conventions to look after interests affecting the creative community and social causes that the group believes belong front...

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As He Returns To Prison, Don Siegelman Still Seeks Justice (Video)

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 4:16 PM

Today I received an email from Dana Siegelman, sharing her sad situation--she was about to drive 485 miles to take her father, the former Governor of Alabama, to prison.

In a labyrinthine epic that would make Kafka blush, Don Siegelman has spent the past 13 years ensnared in...

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John Conyers At DNC Discusses Pressures Facing Obama

(2) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 11:18 AM

Where the conventions were once a confluence of ideas, it's no secret they have come to strive for spectacle, turning earnest debates for improving the quality of life for Americans into platitudes. But the opportunity that the conventions have come to embody is the assembly outside the official proceedings, where...

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When Even Amazon Won't Sell Your Films

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 4:39 PM

For independent filmmakers, just completing a film and making it available in a releasable form is an Herculean task that represents countless struggles from the beginning of the project. But what happens when you cannot even get your modest masterpiece out on the open marketplace?

Amongst the many titles available...

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Gay, Christian, and Proud in Love Free or Die

(5) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 11:06 AM

Winning a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, Love Free or Die has already become a pivotal film this year as President Obama has embraced its subject matter: gay marriage. Even more timely, the Episcopal Church has just approved a same sex blessing service.

The documentary...

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This July 4th, Our Elections Are in a 'FREE FOR ALL' (Documentary)

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 4:22 PM

On July 4, 2011, former President Bill Clinton spoke to students in Washington for the annual convention of Campus Progress. His message to them was surprisingly stark and pulled no punches. Coming from the famed triangulator who faced impeachment from Republican lawmakers after giving them NAFTA and Glass-Steagall's repeal, this...

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Performing Gay Marriages at the 1998 NYC Pride Parade (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 11:26 PM

In 1998 my friends and I took to the West Village of Manhattan at the intersection of Christopher Street and Gay Street to document the festivities at the Pride parade. We set up just a stone's throw from the former Stonewall Inn, where a police riot in 1969 thrust the...

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WATCH: 'The Koch Brothers: Godfathers of Greed'

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 6:23 PM

In celebration of the Koch Brothers' San Diego convention this weekend, here is a newly-released short doc highlighting the nefarious background of the Kochs and revealing how a little protest and exposure can send the billionaire brothers into a tizzy.

Public Interest Pictures are proud to...

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WATCH: What is the Pay 2 Play System?

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 8:40 PM

For the last six years, I have been on a mission to document the cycle of how money works its way through our political system, how this cycle steals from the public and where opportunities lie to reclaim our democratic process. Just unveiled at Netroots Nation, I am proud to...

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