This tape features raw footage for the documentary "None of the Above," an in depth ethnographic look at non voting citizens in the U.S. In this video, the videomakers follow Frank RePass as he goes to his office in downtown New Orleans. Once there, Frank talks about a variety of subjects including: his thoughts on the political process, his love for genealogy, and his work as a lawyer. The videomakers also gather footage from in and around the city. Frank #6.
00:00Copy video clip URL Tape begins with footage of a trolley in New Orleans. We eventually meet with RePass as he visits his office in downtown New Orleans.
01:05Copy video clip URL RePass enters his downtown office building. He and the two videomakers take the elevator to the eighteenth floor to his office. RePass warns the videomakers that his office is a little cluttered. Skip Blumberg begins to ask RePass about his work as a lawyer. He talks about the satisfying aspects of his job and how much money he makes doing such work. He goes on to talk about his family. He recounts how he and his wife found each other and what their relationship is like. RePass also talks about the state of the U.S. in great detail. When asked whether he is optimistic about the future of the country, RePass responds, “Yes, very much, very optimistic about the country because I have great faith in people. I think that’s what makes this world worth living in.” RePass goes on to share his disdain for American politics and his reasons for not voting. “I’m very determined that I will not vote because I get so disgusted with the political process.” RePass also labels himself as intellectually right of center and operatively left of center. He goes on to say that serving in office is not so much a public service but more of a public trough. “To be honest I’d like a president or major candidate to talk about issues like, should we have a legal society, should we have a just society, or should we have a legal society? Those are very very distinct but palpable differences.” RePass goes on to call himself an idealist. He cites his mother as a major influence in becoming more aware of the world around him.
12:57Copy video clip URL Blumberg asks whether there is a place in the world for idealists. RePass responds, “I think it’s a sad world if there’s not a big place for people like that. We would be devoid of challenging the status quo and the entrenched administration. I don’t mean political administration. The entrenched civil bureaucracy would just continue of its own inertia.” RePass continues to talk about his idealism.
16:44Copy video clip URL Tom Weinberg asks RePass to talk about being a lawyer and how much money he generally makes on cases. Blumberg continues to gather footage of RePass at work in the office. RePass goes on to show the videomakers his various genealogical documents and chess computer programs. This lasts for a good portion of the tape.
40:05Copy video clip URL Blumberg and Weinberg gather b-roll of New Orleans. This lasts for the remainder of the tape.
01:02:56Copy video clip URL Tape ends.