Winner Take All

Five times in U.S. history a person was named president despite being the popular vote loser, causing citizens to confront an electoral system left unfinished by the Constitution’s Framers, and sparking a movement to put presidential voting power in the hands of the people for the first time.

  • Don Colacino
  • Don Colacino
  • Don Colacino
  • Don Colacino
    Key Cast
    "Don Colacino"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student, Television
  • Genres:
    Political Documentary
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Awareness Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 9, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 9, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Prime Video Direct
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Free TV
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Free TV
Director Biography - Don Colacino

Don Colacino is a writer, producer, and director who made a career change into filmmaking in 2015. He recently graduated from Colorado Film School (CFS), in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. with a degree in writing and producing. At CFS he has written, produced, and directed award-winning films; served as 1st Assistant Director for two commercial productions for a worldwide automaker, and received a Best Producer award from the school in 2018. He currently runs Colacino Productions LLC, where he produces documentary, commercial, and industrial films.

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Director Statement

I became interested in this topic after living through a second presidential election where the winning candidate had actually lost the popular vote. I soon discovered that not only has this topic has been debated by citizens and lawmakers almost since the founding of our country, but that several attempts to change the system have occurred over the years.

The current electoral system isn’t operating the way the Framers described during their debates. Electors aren’t being chosen by state legislatures. They aren’t making their own decisions about how to vote. Most states’ electors always vote for a single candidate in a way that distorts election outcomes and produces multiple results.

I decided I had to produce this documentary to explain how things got this way, find possible solutions, and highlight the paths for citizen engagement that can ensure that our democracy continues to work for future generations.