Tuesday, March 30, 2010

GWorks Interviews: Michael Camerini & Shari Robertson




On Wednesday 24 March 2010, Home Box Office (HBO) aired The Senators’ Bargain on HBO2.*

The Senators’ Bargain is the last installment in How Democracy Works Now, a 12-part series on immigration reform since 2001, produced and directed by documentary film-makers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini.** Started in the summer of 2001, the original thought was to produce a single film that would trace how an idea—comprehensive immigration reform—becomes a law.

GOVERNINGWorks interviewed Ms Robertson and Mr Camerini at the beginning of March. What follows is their unedited written responses to GOVERNINGWorks’s written questions.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

GWorks Reviews: How Democracy Works Now

The views of the Founders are varied on the nature and extent of federal legislative power. But, is it a coincidence that the seat of the federal government wound up in the middle of a remote, hot, humid and mosquito-infested swamp about which some of our earliest public servants grumbled greatly? Consider, too, Article I, Section 4, paragraph 2, and Section 5, paragraph 4 of the Constitution. The first commands that Congress must convene “at least once in every Year”; the second, commands that, when in session, neither House may adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the other. These provisions seem to anticipate a mode of public service and a periodic government power often associated with Monty Python.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8PM, Home Box Office (HBO) offers something completely different as it airs The Senators’ Bargain on HBO2.* The show explores the most recent and unsuccessful effort at immigration reform in 2007, following the rise and fall of legislation proposed by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D–MA).

Background

The Senators’ Bargain is the last installment in How Democracy Works Now, a 12-part series on immigration reform since 2001, produced and directed by documentary film-makers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini.** Started in the summer of 2001, the thought was to produce a single film that would trace how an idea—comprehensive immigration reform—becomes a law.

And then: 11 September 2001.