Through the past few years, he also encouraged the far-right hate group Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” and urged “supporters to go to the polls and watch very carefully”. Over the past few years, Shyamalan has directed a handful of high-profile films, including the forthcoming comic book film “Glass” starring James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson as well as the psychological horror film “Split”.
M. Night Shyamalan encouraged fellow filmmakers to create brief video clips about the importance of voting in the competition.
M. Night Shyamalan has partnered on a film contest with Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to encourage the United States to vote in the 2020 presidential election.
Short films about voting can be submitted through the contest website or tagged directly on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #VoteByNight. The submissions will be reviewed alongside Biden and Kamala Harris’campaign, and the top three filmmakers will be invited to a virtual meet-up with Shyamalan to discuss art, film and the power of storytelling. Submissions may also be shown in Biden & Harris Campaign programming.
“We had this idea of asking people to make short films about voting, about why they are voting, how they did it, who they want to encourage to vote and who stops them from voting. If you’re at all concerned, tell it in any format. You can do it as a thriller or as a comedy or a documentary. Use your storytelling power to motivate people and to teach them to their own agency. We really believe this is an important way that we can all be a part of this incredible moment in history.
The filmmaking campaign was announced the day after Biden participated in the first presidential debate against President Donald Trump — a noisy and incomprehensible event whose flow was quickly derailed by President Trump’s wandering insults and lies. Trump generated widespread controversy for refusing to condemn White supremacy; he also encouraged the far right hate group Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” and urged “supporters to go to the polls and watch very carefully.”
Shyamalan has directed a handful of high-profile titles over the past few years, including the upcoming comic book film “Glass” with James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as the psychological horror prequel film “Split”. Shyamalan also produced and directed two episodes of the Apple TV+ television series “Servant,” which premiered in 2019.
The deadline for submissions for Shyamalan’s Biden – Harris filmmaking contest is October 12. More information on the competition is available here.
The 2020 presidential election takes place November 3rd.