In August, for my first job back from maternity leave, I worked on a pretty cool project with my friends, East of Salinas director-and-producer team Jackie Mow and Laura Pacheco. I edited their documentary short, Swinging Las Vegas, which takes a look at the divided Latino vote in Nevada. The piece is part of a larger series of short films called Postcards from the Great Divide, which analyzes factors in the deeply partisan split within today's American electorate. The series' mission is to "help provide a greater understanding of how changing demographics and political self-sorting will continue to have a profound effect on American politics for years to come."
A blurb on Swinging Las Vegas:
"Nevada used to be a deep red state, but things have changed. Thousands of Latinos have moved there, many to work in the gaming industry, and now the state has turned purple. With retiring Senator Harry Reid's seat up for grabs, what can the state GOP do in the year of Donald Trump to get enough Latino votes to put themselves over the top? The answer may hold the key to the balance of power in the next Congress."
Also, check out this article from the Washington Post, which features the film and takes a deeper look at the hotly-contested races going on in Nevada this election cycle.
You can watch the piece below, or on the Political Postcards website, where you can check out the eight other films in the series. The series will broadcast on PBS later this month; I'll post information on that air date when I get it.