What would it be like to grow up and become president of the United States? In I CAN BE PRESIDENT: A KID'S-EYE VIEW, a diverse group of children candidly share their thoughts on the subject, affirming the importance of having dreams at any age.
The heartwarming special features interviews with elementary schoolers whose hopes and dreams - both hilarious and touching - come to life in animated sequences. One says that if kids could be president, there would be "free ice cream for all," while another promises "macaroni and cheese every day!" One girl remarks, "I'd only be president if I could have weird hair like George Washington." Though sometimes humorous, their observations offer a promising vision of the nation's future.
The election of Barack Obama was an inspiration to the children featured in I CAN BE PRESIDENT: A KID'S-EYE VIEW. Despite their youth, they understand that barriers of discrimination have come tumbling down and see greater possibilities for themselves. In their own words, they explain that Obama has given them more than change - he has given them hope. One girl declares, "He was black and all the other past presidents were white. And even though he was different from the other past presidents, he still wanted to try because he wanted to do that job."
Offering a young person's view of civics and ethics, I CAN BE PRESIDENT: A KID'S-EYE VIEW has lessons for all ages, with simple yet profound observations on diversity, war, life, being a leader and becoming an adult. Says one child, "Being a better person right now can make you a president when you grow up," while another notes that, if sworn into office, she would promise citizens kindness and lots of caring friendship in their lives.
I CAN BE PRESIDENT: A KID'S-EYE VIEW is the latest collaboration between director-producer Diane Kolyer and director-producer-animator Michael Sporn. Kolyer directed and produced the Peabody Award-winning HBO documentary "The Music in Me," which spawned two more "Music in Me" specials for the network. Her other HBO credits include the Emmy®-winning "Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me," the Emmy®-nominated "Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny" and the interstitial series "My Favorite Book." Kolyer was most recently a producer for the Peabody Award-winning "A Letter to Elia," directed by Martin Scorsese.
Emmy®-nominated animator Michael Sporn has won dozens of awards at film festivals throughout his animation career, which spans over three decades. He was nominated for an Oscar® in 1985 in the category of Best Short Film, Animated for "Doctor DeSoto," and has also been nominated for seven Emmy® Awards.
I CAN BE PRESIDENT: A KID'S-EYE VIEW was produced by Diane Kolyer and Michael Sporn; animated segments directed by Michael Sporn; interviews directed by Diane Kolyer; editor, Geof Bartz, A.C.E.; director of photography, Michael Chin; animated, rendered & composited by Matthew Clinton, Katrina Gregorius and Michael Sporn. For HBO: supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.