Restoration: The Fight for Voting Rights in Virginia
On April 22, 2016 Christopher Rashad and Tammie Hagen had their voting rights restored by a sweeping executive order issued by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Then just four months later, the Virginia Court struck down McAuliffe's executive order, requiring him to issue pardons by hand. As one of four states that disenfranchises felons for life, Virginia was a hotbed for the debate around restorative justice and voting rights. This is the story of how Tammie and Chris spent the 2016 campaign, fighting to give a voice to the voiceless in Virginia.
One Day In APRIL
One Day in April is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the triumphs and failures of two men’s and two women’s collegiate cyclist teams trying to win the Little 500. Directed by filmmaker and native Hoosier Thomas Miller, “One Day in April” is a bittersweet portrait of athletic competition in its purest, unadulterated form. . Shot in an intimate cinema vérité style that highlights the struggles and failures of four teams of riders in the Little 500, the expansive narrative of friendship, failure, and redemption plays out across a cast of characters that includes grizzled veterans, rookies trying to find their spot and coaches who work hard and remain devoted to the Little 500.
At a time when collegiate athletics is navigating an increasingly uncomfortable intersection of profit and competition, the Little 500 remains an example of pure sport in America’s heartland. Through the stories of the men and women who make up the Little 500 community, “One Day in April” is a testament to the virtue that sports can demonstrate and the role they play in forging kinships rarely savored otherwise.
In 2002, Illinois' political establishment decided to redraw the map, and created the 39th District on the West Side of Chicago. Toni Berrios, Chicago native and daughter of Cook County Democratic Party Chair Joe Berrios, won the new majority-Latino district handily, unopposed for nearly a decade. That is, until Will Guzzardi, a long-shot candidate by every measure, showed up. In 2012, Guzzardi — an unknown, inexperienced 24-year-old from North Carolina — came within 125 votes of a win. The establishment was completely blindsided by the loss.
Guzzardi had sparked a grassroots movement to do things differently in Chicago — and as primary season fired up again for 2014, volunteers from across the district started flocking to his people-powered campaign HQ, confident that door to door organizing could bring down the machine.
The 39th is the story of how campaigns are won and lost in Illinois today — the strategists, the people, the tactics — and what happens when a community comes together to take back local politics.
THE OBAMA YEARS
As President Obama's presidency came to a close, the HardPin team dug into our own archives and the archival footage of past campaigns to create this tribute to the work that all of us had done to move our country forward. The piece received more than 5 million views online.