March 17, 2020
Magnolia Pictures’ documentary Slay the Dragon, which tackles gerrymandering in the United States, will launch on demand digitally April 3.
The digital release moved up due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Barak Goodman and Emmy Award Nominee Chris Durrance and an official selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Slay the Dragon maintains there was a calculated campaign in 2010 to manipulate our electoral system to consolidate political power for the next decade. It alleges that after the 2008 election, a secretive, well-funded partisan initiative poured money into state legislative races in key swing states to gain control of their redistricting processes, and used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data. Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries. But in today’s hyperpartisan political environment it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, the documentary contends.
The film also looks at how redistricting affects the political system today, following a handful of citizens groups after the 2016 election.