“I Elect Power Every Four Years” features a cast and crew entirely from South Florida. The filmed performance by Carey Brianna Hart is an electrifying one-act, one-woman performance that is 29 minutes long — about the personal power of voting, anti-racism, and the need to fight against voter suppression.
In the grip of the 2020 pandemic, just days before the presidential election, a woman in Miami recalls her shock four years ago on election night 2016, with renewed feelings of dread about this time around. The recollection of that blistering night as she watched those fateful election results sparks a memory that shatters her nerves ‒ as we witness her working her way through to a revelation of personal power.
Alone now, out of work and losing hope because of Covid-19’s chokehold on America, she struggles to breathe through painful memories in front of her camera at home. As a way out of this downward spiral, she decides to record her feelings on a video message to her fellow voters. She decides to give testimony to power. The power of voting.
“I Elect: Power Every Four Years” is a one-act, one woman show created and written by Bill Spring. The role of Bella is brilliantly performed by Carey Brianna Hart, who delivers a tour de force monologue. Ricky J. Martinez directed the film version of this project. Produced by Jose Lima. The Director of Photography is Dennise Perez. Location assistance provided by Locust Projects. Viewers say they have to step back from their screens ‒ in a good way ‒ when watching this performance. Bella realizes that although the power of the people has been chipped away these past four years, each of us still has the power to elect.
In what feels like the blink of an eye, we watch her claw her way out of the mess of the past four years and the agony of 2020 as she rings a Buddhist bell. Her bell of truth is a talisman from her deceased husband, and a clarion call to vote.
Directed by Ricky J. Martinez (USA)