The Documentary

In 2015, a team of former Pages and veteran filmmakers came together to create a documentary on the House, Senate and Supreme Court Page Programs. Alumni generously donated more than $21,000 to fund the effort. For two years, USCPAA Board Members Jerry Papazian, House ’72 and Miles Taylor, House ‘05 worked with Hollywood filmmaker Eric Neal Young to complete Democracy’s Messengers: The Never-Before-Told Story of Young Americans on Capitol Hill.

The 30-minute documentary features on-camera interviews with historians and dozens of former Pages, including Members of Congress, presidential advisors and business leaders like Microsoft founder Bill Gates, House ’72. The film goes behind-the-scenes into the lives of House, Senate, and Supreme Court Pages as they witnessed our nation’s leaders make history from the times of the Revolutionary War to September 11, 2001. The team collected hundreds of hours of raw interview footage and unearthed old footage that had almost been relegated to the dustbin of history.

The film is narrated by journalist Cokie Roberts. It has been characterized as “the coming-of-age story” of an American institution and the lives of the young people shaped by their Page experiences.

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