When several Chicago Aldermen turn parts of their discretionary budgets over to the community, ordinary citizens are empowered to propose and vote directly for public projects in their wards. COUNT ME IN follows the twists and turns of participatory budgeting across Chicago by highlighting the stories of ordinary people who are stepping up to improve their neighborhoods: they pitch ideas, team up with others, craft proposals for projects, and invite the entire community to vote.
Participatory budgeting (aka “The People’s Budget”) is now rapidly spreading to other U.S. cities and the White House recently made it a key recommendation for open government. The first long format documentary about this burgeoning national movement, COUNT ME IN offers us an engaging look at the messy, complex, and riveting business of revitalizing democracy from the ground up.
Read more at: countmeinmovie.com
Directed by Chicago filmmaker Ines Sommer, COUNT ME IN is currently in production with an anticipated broadcast in late 2015.