Blending the passion and honesty of the kids in the film, Spellbound, with the real life situations behind the comedy, Election, and the political insight of The War Room comes this quirky, spirited and moving documentary.
In the fall of 2004, amidst what was called the most important American election in modern times, director Vanessa Roth led a team of filmmakers into the heart of the campaigns and elections on which millions of families focused most: Not the presidential race, but the presidential elections of 12-year-old kids vying for the promise of leading their middle school student councils. Taking an intimate journey with eleven young candidates from four schoolsin Marin Country, San Francisco, Texas and Atlantaas they enter the race, up until the final emotional and dramatic election day, we see a true slice of American politics through the eyes and votes of 12-year-olds.
Some are uniquely confident, others painfully awkward, but each passionate as they navigate their way through understanding their own values, morals and beliefs. Filled with humor and honesty, The Third Monday in October is a superb examination of young people who are mature beyond words, and who are inspirations to their peers.