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Review: No Umbrella - Election Day in the City

Film Threat

“No Umbrella: Election Day in the City” was shot during the course of Election Day 2004 in Cleveland’s predominantly African-American East Side. Only three voting booths were delivered, which proved to be woefully inadequate for the extraordinary voter turnout. The gridlock at the polling center was compounded by rain, creating a wealth of ill-will among those forced to wait up to two hours to vote...

Standing in the Rain: Sundance Doc to screen at Midwest Film Festival

Screen Magazine

Before the 2004 election, Laura Paglin had no intention of filming an emotional political documentary. She certainly had no dreams of screening one at the Sundance Film Festival or as part of the documentary shorts program at Chicago's Midwest Independent Film Festival....

What's On Thursday Night?

The New York Times


An octogenarian councilwoman takes on polling-place breakdowns, an unresponsive bureaucracy and a just plain angry electorate...

DVD REVIEW: No Umbrella: Election Day In The City

By Joe Gandelman, Editor-In-Chief
The Moderate Voice

Just two weeks from today Americans go to the polls.

And, hopefully, when they do there won’t be scenes similar to those captured in No Umbrella: Election Day In The City by a simple, hand-held camera that immortalized a combination tragedy, outrage and grim comedy that unfolded on Nov. 2, 2004 in one of Cleveland, Ohio’s poorest neighborhoods. The people turned out in droves to vote and found they couldn’t...

Where is the outrage?


Where is the outrage? Documentary filmmaker Laura Paglin shows us where some of it should be.

Before Katrina delivered the reality that in the land of the free, some are a lot freer than others, Paglin took a look one of our most cherished freedoms - the right to vote...