MIAMI (AP) - Actress Eva Longoria is producing a film that takes a hard look at why Latinos punch below their political weight.
“El Voto Hispano - The Documentary” is the brainchild of 35-year-old Puerto Rican twins Gianpaolo and Alessandro Pietri. They grew up without the right to vote for U.S. president because they lived on the commonwealth island. As adults, they wondered why many Latinos on the mainland who could cast ballots, chose not to.
The brothers run an online Spanish-language news site and are using their journalism background to follow one young woman as she immerses herself in the American political system and ultimately casts her ballot. They hope to promote voter registration along the way and plan to fund the effort in large part through a Kickstarter campaign, which runs through Sunday.
Also producing the film: Prison Break actor Amaury Nolasco, former George W. Bush appointee Alfonso Aguilar and Obama top fundraiser Andres W. Lopez.