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Win, Lose or Draw Straws

Did you know the next President of the United States could be decided by drawing names from a hat? Win, Lose or Draw Straws is a feature length documentary exposing one particular oddity of the US election system. The increasing existence of and wildly varied ways of determining elections that end in perfect ties. Told by the people who experienced the emotional highs and lows of a political campaign that was determined by a random game of chance and exposing the way random luck affects our lives from local races all the way to the White House.

  • Casey Phillips
  • Katie Hauer
  • John Hibey
    Fishing Without Nets
  • Casey Phillips
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  • Genres:
    Political, Comedy, Human Interest, current events, elections, government
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 23 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    112,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    RED 4k and 8k
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Director Biography - Casey Phillips

Casey Phillips is a commercial and political director with over 2000 pieces of video content written and directed for businesses, candidates and causes across the US. Hailing from rural South Dakota, Phillips rode his horse to school and even to the set of Dances With Wolves which was filmed near the cattle ranch where he was raised. Win, Lose or Draw Straws is his first feature film.

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Director Statement

With 2020 fast approaching and politics at the forefront of culture we need to make sure everyone becomes a voter. I wanted to make a politically motivating film that was entertaining and not preachy. I was amazed at the colorful characters that I encountered and could not be more excited to use this medium to tell such an alarming yet fascinating and important story. I believe this topic has never been explored before in film, it is timely, relevant and full of great characters. I am confident that the release of this film will cause states to change their laws about settling these elections and for me changing the world with a film has always be the ultimate goal. This film will change the US election system and it was a ton of fun to make and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.