Sunday, March 16, 2008


Your mission, should you choose to accept it: make a 30-second TV ad that tells the nation why Barack Obama should be our next President.

If you and your friends have writing, acting, or video editing talent—whether you're a total amateur or a total pro—now is the time to use your creativity to help Obama win. launched an ad contest called "Obama in 30 Seconds." Anyone can make an ad about Obama between now and April 1, 2008. The public will vote on the best ads, and a panel of top artists, film professionals, and netroots heroes will pick a winner from among the finalists.

MoveOn will air the winning Obama ad nationally, and the winner will receive a gift certificate for $20,000 in video equipment. Whether you're definitely interested or need time to think about it, contact them, and they'll keep you in the loop as the contest proceeds. Get contest details, sign up, and watch a short video of MoveOn's Eli Pariser describing the contest.

Every day, political insiders and pundits tell Americans what to think about the presidential race. But now, it's YOUR turn to take the megaphone. MoveOn wants to run ads that are of the people, by the people, and for the people. So consider making an ad.

If you have acting or writing talent and have a friend with video skills, join as a team! Or, pass this post to a friend who is good at making videos. This contest builds on the success of MoveOn's "Bush in 30 Seconds" contest in 2004—which resulted in thousands of videos and a great winner that aired nationally.

Obama has already inspired many supporters to produce independent videos, and you can now be part of this movement. By combining all of our creative talent with the power of online video, we can help push Obama to victory. Thanks for all you do. [Information from Adam G., Laura, Daniel, Peter, Ilyse, and the Political Action Team.]

Complete list of judges:

Academy Award-winning writer/actor/director, Ben Affleck; Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor/director, Steve Buscemi; Academy Award-winning writer/actor, Matt Damon; progressive hero and future Congresswoman, Donna Edwards; musician/activist, Michael Franti; actor/musician/director, Adrian Grenier; Academy Award-nominated producer, Ted Hope; author and civil rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson; award-winning documentary filmmaker, Rory Kennedy; Grammy-winning recording artist, John Legend; Stanford Law professor and founder of the Center for Internet and Society, Lawrence Lessig; recording artist and Bush in 30 Seconds co-founder, Moby; Daily Kos founder, Markos Moulitsas; President of Lionsgate Entertainment, Tom Ortenberg; Native American activist and documentary filmmaker, Heather Rae; President of Focus Features, James Schamus; producer, author, and entrepreneur, Russell Simmons; author, lecturer, and experimental hip hop musician, DJ Spooky; Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, Ricki Stern; Academy Award-winning writer/director, Oliver Stone; Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, Annie Sundberg; Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning songwriter and musician, Eddie Vedder; and New York Times best-selling author, Naomi Wolf.

This event paid for by Find out more about their political action here. They are not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Official website for Obama in 30 Seconds.

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