#MakeAmericaSmartAgain (MASA), a voting initiative founded by Amanda and Shepard Fairey today announces events in Detroit and Los Angeles this September. The goal of MASA is to encourage voter education and registration during this election season. Events include screenings of the cult film “Idiocracy,” live music, and programming to inspire citizens to stay informed and motivate voter turnout for this upcoming election.
Created to combat voter apathy and the spread of misinformation MASA is generating conversations with fun events intended to spark a sense of urgency this election season. “Idiocracy” is a cult comedy directed by Mike Judge that satirizes the rise of commercialism and decline of human intelligence in a future dystopian society. The film was selected as a tool to remind and inspire audiences to use their brain and participate in our democracy.
The first MASA event is Saturday, September 3rd at The Skip in Detroit, Michigan co-hosted with partners Library Street Collective. Proceeds will benefit Vote Detroit, a local grassroots initiative fighting to ensure that the voice of every city resident is heard in the upcoming election. Prior to the screening there will be a Detroit SOUP community discussion by Detroiters to benefit creative projects in their city. An after-party featuring local DJ Amy Dreamcatcher of Nothing Elegant and Shepard Fairey AKA DJ Diabetic will take place at The Skip after the film.
On Saturday, September 24 MASA with partners Eat|See|Hear will host the Los Angeles screening of “Idiocracy” at the Echo Park Tennis Courts and Baseball field. The night will include DJs, special guests, a live performance, and a variety of food vendors by Smorgasburg Los Angeles. Proceeds will benefit the Young Literati of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
Debate parties, screenings and additional election-themed events will be scheduled leading up to the general election on Tuesday, November 8. Other #MakeAmericaSmartAgain partners include Obey Giant, Studio Number One, Subliminal Projects, Pop and Circumstance, Obey Clothing, Rock the Vote, Amoeba Music, and Spaceland Presents.