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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 videothevote.org. Ennis hosts "Proper Propaganda" on Radio Free Brooklyn.

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An Overflow Of Artwork At Street Art Fair LA

(4) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 8:20 PM

The latest Street Art Fairs International opened in Downtown LA's Fashion District this week with a sprawling exhibition of top artists, running through June 18 from noon to 6 p.m., with free admission on Saturday.

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The Art of Disaster by Ryan McIntosh

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 6:24 PM

Ryan McIntosh's new gallery show, "Relentless Envy," opened at Stone Malone Gallery on Friday, featuring a multimedia installation of disquieting works exploring the experience of disasters through photography, survival imagery, and artifacts from the World Trade Center. The show runs June 11-23, at 7619 1/2 Melrose Ave., in...

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L.A. Primary Mired in Voting Problems

(10) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 12:46 AM

Today's primary election in Los Angeles occurred in the biggest voting jurisdiction in the country, with over 4,500 polling places, serving nearly five million voters. In a closely-watched state amid an election season marred by voting disenfranchisement and mistrust, the widespread problems encountered by...

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L.A. artist Teachr wows fans at first solo show

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2016 | 6:01 PM

L.A. street artist Teachr brought his "A" game to his first solo art show, appropriately set at Fairfax High School on Melrose, with a percentage of sales going toward helping the school. Know for his stenciled portraits on traffic light cabinets around Hollywood, Teachr has amassed a following of art...

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A Political Street Art Show in Time for CA Primary

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 10:33 PM

The Stone Malone Gallery in Hollywood is running a timely art show before the California Primary on June 7th, featuring some of L.A.'s top street artists, including Shepard Fairey, Teachr, Free Humanity, Lydia Emily, The PSA Crew, and more. The art show, "Where Else But The Streets," runs through Saturday...

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U.S. Flag Mural Repainted at Sunrise While L.A. Wakes (Drone Footage)

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 2:06 PM

The defaced American flag mural overlooking Hollywood was restored to its Old Glory in a dawn operation by The PSA Crew, an L.A.-based street art collective that works to spread political awareness. Originally painted in the aftermath of 9/11, the hilltop wall was vandalized in 2012, then restored...

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LA's Top Elections Official Answers Questions About June 7 Primary

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 10:27 PM

The upcoming June 7th primary in California has increased attention to how Angelenos will vote in an election where over a third of registered voters are not registered with any political party. Following widespread voter disenfranchisement in other states during this primary, how can voters in Los Angeles...

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How Can We Trust Our Elections?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 8:10 PM

When I set out to document election fraud ten years ago by traveling around Ohio with a video camera, I knew I had my work cut out for me. The suggestion that the presidential election, in America of all places, could be stolen earned you an incredulous look, if not...

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Confronting Voter Suppression in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 10:31 PM

Ten years ago, when I started making an investigative documentary into what happened in the 2004 election in the deciding swing state of Ohio, I wondered what thwarting an election might look like and how I could even show such a thing, let alone make it watchable and...

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Activist Comics: Real Heroes Protest Congress

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 8:09 PM

This past week has seen a flood of demonstrators into Washington, D.C., as part of the Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening protests. pursuing equal representation in elections through campaign finance reform and voting rights reform. Over 1,300 arrests were made in possibly the largest...

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Plastic Jesus Takes on Hollywood Sexism in New Oscars Street Art

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 11:02 PM

Outside the Academy Awards at the gateway to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a striking Oscars statuette poses for tourists and media. While the bald gold head is unmistakable, the statue is in platform heels wearing pasties, wearing a g-string with dollar bills tucked in the waistband, hanging from a...

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Powerful #OscarsSoWhite Street Art by Plastic Jesus

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2016 | 4:50 PM

The ongoing controversy over the Academy Awards' lack of diversity was realized in a street art installation piece left on Melrose Ave. in Hollywood by Plastic Jesus, known for past attention-getting art critical of the Oscars. The artwork is a powerful re-imagining of Elliott Erwitt's famous photo of...

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Fighting Corruption With Comics

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 9:00 PM

The two parties have largely built a stacked deck resembling a house of cards when it comes down to determining the winning presidential candidate. In the national context, this house of cards is an Electoral College decided by one swing state like Ohio. And in Ohio, that stacked deck is...

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Street Art Fair LA: Packed with Art and Fans

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2015 | 4:21 PM

The first-ever Street Art Fair LA is going down this week at Siren Studios on Orange and Santa Monica in Hollywood, probably the biggest collection of street art in Los Angeles since MoCA's acclaimed "Art in the Streets" exhibit in 2011. Over 100 artists from LA and as...

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Is 'Dukes of Hazzard' Really Racist?

(172) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 8:24 PM

The controversy and soul-searching surrounding TV Land's removal of Dukes of Hazzard reruns from its schedule has prompted concerns across social media along the lines of, "Is this going too far?" More than once, I have seen people question, "What's next?" with a list of other things that...

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People Power Prevails at the Supreme Court

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 6:14 PM

At a volatile time in American democracy, where candidates by the dozens curry the favor of billionaires and citizens openly question the validity of elections, the Supreme Court this week upheld an important tool in revitalizing our democracy.

To be sure, the Roberts Court has proven to...

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Movement to Reform Campaign Finance Keeps Growing

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 11:28 PM

Reform rarely arrives as a silver bullet, clearing danger in a single shot. The way reform takes hold is more gradual and disparate, like ivy or tree branches growing, until one day you notice all the leaves you are surrounded by.

With the Run Warren Run campaign now retired,...

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How Doug Hughes Took Free Speech to New Heights

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 8:30 PM

Doug Hughes does not have a Super PAC.

A Super PAC, created in the wake of the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. FEC, is a campaign expenditure entity that has no limits to how much money it can spend in an election or how much one donor...

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President Obama Is Right: It's Time for Mandatory Voting

(66) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 8:54 PM

Today at the Cleveland City Club, President Obama suggested mandatory voting as a solution to the influence of big money in politics. "We shouldn't be making it harder to vote, we should be making it easier to vote," President Obama said to applause. "In Australia, other countries, there's...

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Biden Orders Letters Removed From RNC HQ

(25) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 2:45 PM

Following his stinging rebuke to Senate Republicans for undermining talks with Iran, Vice President Joe Biden apparently took note of Oklahoma University's recent actions and ordered the letters removed from Republican Party Headquarters.

Republican Chair Reince Preibus was nonplussed, demanding, "Without letters on...

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