Of all democratic countries the United States have the lowest turn-out at elections. Even when electing their president, and the most powerful political leader in the world, almost a 100 million Americans don’t vote. One year before the 2008 presidential elections a crew of young European filmmakers travel all across America in search of America’s missing voters. Who are they? Why don’t they vote?Who better than Oprah, who can turn any product she favors into a hot selling item and who got America to read again, could get non-voting America back to the voting booth? The journey ends at Oprah’s studio in Chicago. Director Kasper Verkaik wants to hand-deliver a letter to Oprah, in which he asks her to become “America’s Ultimate Motivoter”.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
For Kasper Verkaik (1979) "Dear Oprah" is his debut as filmmaker. Prior to that he made documentaries for Dutch national public radio, and wrote freelance for several magazines and newspapers. Early 2007 he finished his Master's in Communication Science with a thesis about the Iraq war coverage by US news media, based on interviews with numerous journalists at major US newspapers and tv networks. It received the award for best thesis of 2007 from the national trade magazine of Dutch journalists, and Kasper is currently working on a documentary about the same subject. He also makes theater and this year co-founded the young television lab The Formatfactory. Kasper works and lives both in New York and Amsterdam.