A team of former Pages and veteran filmmakers came together to create a documentary on the House, Senate and Supreme Court Page Programs. For two years, USCPAA Board Members Jerry Papazian, House ’72 and Miles Taylor, House ‘05 have been working with Hollywood filmmaker Eric Neal Young to complete Democracy’s Messengers: The Never-Before-Told Story of Young Americans on Capitol Hill.
To complete the documentary, Page alumni generously donated to an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign that raised $21,180. This far exceeded the original goal of $15,000 and stretch goal of $20,000.
The 30-minute documentary features on-camera interviews with historians and dozen of former Pages, including Senators, Congressmen, presidential advisors and business leaders like Microsoft founder Bill Gates, House ’72. The film goes behind-the-scenes into the lives of Senate, House, 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 been relegated to the dustbin of history.
The film is narrated by journalist Cokie Roberts and is billed as “the coming-of-age story” of an American tradition and those that it shaped. The Alumni Association is proud to share this unique film with former Pages and a wider audience. We also are incredibly thankful for all of those who contributed their time, photos, footage, ideas, vision, and talents to this project.
“Putting this film together has been an inspiring experience for our small team,” noted Taylor, who lives in Washington, D.C. “But we want it to reach thousands more. We are looking for alumni support to help release it to the public and keep the Page story alive.”
If you are interested in hosting a screening of this 30-minute film in your community, please contact us.