ABOUT THE FILM
It’s the 2014 midterms and residents of a South Florida retirement community feel the weight of democracy on their shoulders. In one of the most influential counties of America’s largest swing state, these political kingmakers trade their golf clubs for clipboards and hit the pavement to get out the vote. A GREATER SOCIETY is a feature documentary to inspire voter turnout.
Inside the gates of Wynmoor Village are three miles of manicured lawns lined with palm trees, a golf course, and carefully maintained condominiums. At first glance, it’s just another retirement community where elders go to enjoy their golden years relaxing by the pool and taking ceramics classes; but look further and you’ll see that the people who live in this community share something unique: the power to have a real impact on national politics.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
STACY GOLDATE - DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, AND CINEMATOGRAPHER
Stacy Goldate began her career in journalism when she created Vanderbilt University’s first radio news program, nominated for an award by The Society of Professional Journalists. She went on to direct the award-winning documentary “Lucy Barks!” about Nashville’s former all-ages punk music venue, Lucy’s Record Shop. In Chicago, she worked for Women in the Director’s Chair and helped develop an after school media arts program for LGBTQ youth through The Video Machete Collective. She was named one of Chicago’s “30 Under 30” by the Windy City Times and received her MFA in Film/Video at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she directed a series of films and video installations that screened worldwide.
Stacy is now based in Los Angeles where she edits documentaries. Her credits include episodes from “The Nineties,” “1968: The Year That Changed America,” and “The 2000s” for CNN and Executive Producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog. She co-edited World of Wonder’s Emmy-winning film “Out of Iraq” and the award-winning feature documentary, “hillbilly” directed by Ashley York and Sally Rubin.
CRAIG A. COLTON - DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, EDITOR, AND CINEMATOGRAPHER
Craig A. Colton grew up on the streets of Hollywood.
In 1985, he edited the cult classic “Surf Nazis Must Die!” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Over his forty-year career, Colton edited everything from behind-the-scenes packages for Steven Spielberg, to the 2002 feature film “Speedway Junky,” Executive Produced by Gus Van Sant, to the current series reboot of “In Search Of…” starring Zachary Quinto.
In 1995, Craig was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his editing on the documentary series “A Century of Women,” Co-Directed by Barbara Kopple for Executive Producers Jane Fonda and Ted Turner.
He was awarded a Primetime Emmy in 2016 for Best Editing for the HBO docu-series “Project Greenlight,” Executive Produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
Craig co-founded Deranged Squirrel Productions with Stacy Goldate in 2012. He directed, produced, and edited their short film, “Cat Power,” which premiered at HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles.
LAUREN LEXTON - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Lauren Lexton is an Emmy Award-winning producer who co-founded Authentic Entertainment in 2000 and leads the company as CEO, while also serving as an executive producer on all productions. Over the course of the company’s history, Lexton worked on thousands of hours of programming that spans more than 80 shows for over 16 networks. Authentic Entertainment has been landed on Realscreen Magazineʼs “Global 100” list every year from 2007 to the present. Authentic has produced hit series including Flipping Out!, Knife Fight, Best Thing I Ever Ate, Ace of Cakes, among other projects in the short form and documentary space. Prior to founding Authentic, Lexton worked as a show runner, director, writer and producer for numerous network and cable series.
Lexton graduated cum laude from NYUʼs Tisch School of the Arts and serves as Co-Vice President of the Board of Directors for the International Documentary Association. Her greatest passion is finding unknown talent and unique stories – often discovering that truth is stranger than fiction.
MIK MOORE - CONSULTING PRODUCER
Mik Moore is recognized as one of the leading digital media campaign strategists in the United States, combining a deep understanding of public policy and electoral politics with years of experience as a writer, editor, producer, and public speaker. Founder and Principal of Moore + Associates, he is also a thought leader in the emerging field of cultural strategy. Mik is known for developing and implementing innovative efforts to harness the power of online media to create social change. His campaigns, with videos starring Sarah Silverman, Aasif Mandvi, Samuel L. Jackson, and others, have been honored by the Pollies, the Webbies, the Reed Awards, Google, The Peabody Awards and Facebook.
JUDY KORIN - CONSULTING PRODUCER
JUDY KORIN fuses her backgrounds in graphic design and filmmaking to contribute to visually powerful and socially impactful works. Her credits include the documentaries BENDING THE ARC (as Co-Producer) and A CENTURY OF WOMEN (as Director; IDA and Emmy award nominee), as well as the indie scripted feature film FINDING NEIGHBORS (as Producer). Judy has directed and produced many short-form documentaries and branded content films for social justice and educational non-profits such as the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Community Action Network, and Students Run LA.
GUSTAVO ACOSTA - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Gustavo Acosta has been working in the film business in South Florida for 25 years on diverse range of projects from independent documentaries to movies to the Superbowl. His favorite activity is finding a shot, and then trying to make it better.
JOSE COLLAZO - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Jose R Collazo was born in New York City and raised in Miami. He studied Broadcasting at the University of South Florida in the early 1990s. From there he went on to work all over the world on projects ranging from The World Cup in Japan/Korea, the NBA Finals, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, as well as a Travel Show with acclaimed actress Sofia Vergara. He has worked on interviews with numerous world dignitaries, actors, and athletes. He has also produced and directed music videos for international artists. With close to 30 years of experience, Jose is most comfortable behind the lens of a camera.
DANIEL LESSNER - COMPOSER
Daniel Lessner graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City. He has created main themes and soundtracks for more than 70 films, documentaries, and television shows.
Lessner worked for Hans Zimmer and Ben Harper on the Emmy- nominated feature documentary, “Brave Miss World,” which premiered on Netflix. He is currently working on three new network TV series and several films.