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Book Recommendation/Update

A Book that Explores the Origins of Polarization

"Americans need to get out of their own bubbles and force themselves to be among people who we don’t think we like and figure out who they are." -George Packer

In his book "Last Best Hope," George Packer (National Book Award winner) offers a searing critique of the current state of American democracy. He argues that the country is facing an unprecedented crisis of political polarization that threatens to tear apart the fabric of its society. Packer explores the roots of this polarization, tracing its origins to the social and economic changes that have transformed American life over the past few decades.

One of the key themes of "Last Best Hope" is the idea that the polarization of American politics is not simply a matter of different people having different opinions. Rather, it is a symptom of deeper societal divisions that are rooted in issues such as race, class, and identity. Packer emphasizes the importance of rebuilding a sense of shared national identity and purpose, one that can transcend the narrow divisions that currently separate Americans from one another.

In conclusion, "Last Best Hope" is a powerful and thought-provoking book that offers a compelling diagnosis of the political polarization that is currently plaguing the United States. By shedding light on the root causes of this polarization and pointing the way toward a more inclusive and united future, Packer makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing national conversation about how to strengthen American democracy and ensure that it remains a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come. It is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of American democracy and the role that each of us can play in shaping it.

Updates on The Question

We want to thank you one more time for such a successful fundraising campaign! Now, we get to work to make the film and here are some updates:

  1. We are working to deliver all of the perks to our donors who requested them. We should deliver the relevant ones by early June. Please do not hesitate to email us if you have any concerns or questions. If you were not on Indie Gogo or if you just forgot to ask for perks, please email Peter at and we will make sure to take care of you!

  1. We are also working hard on the screenplay, putting the final touches on the script. Every movie is only great if the story is great and we want to make sure we have done everything possible to make that happen. In this vein, we have been getting professional feedback, and last week, we received very great news. Script Lab, a professional screenwriting evaluation service, rated The Question a "Recommend." For those who do not know what that means, every professional-reviewed screenplay receives a "Pass" (a majority of scripts are not recommended), a "Consider" (a small percentage are considered to be good enough to think about producing.) and a "Recommend" (a very, very small percentage are actually recommended to be made into a movie!). It is the highest rating and we are very honored by their stamp of approval!

  1. We are also getting contracts ready for everyone to sign for the project and getting ready to assemble more of the team for the film shoot. We just got approval for using The Athenian School's black box theater to shoot The Question and we are very grateful to the school for making this possible!

Again, if you have any questions, let us know!

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