My Lunch With Obama
How does the average guy get a seat at the table? And would you spend $32,400 of your retirement money to get that seat to speak to the President of the United States for two minutes about an issue you deeply believed could benefit our nation?
That's exactly what long-time electric vehicle advocate and expert Paul Scott decided to do when he accepted an invitation from the Democratic National Committee to attend a fund raising luncheon with President Obama.
Paul intended to use his two minutes with the President to stress the economic benefits electric vehicles offer and advocate for a comprehensive electric vehicle policy for the United States.
Despite Paul's RSVP being accepted and his check being cashed, he never got the opportunity.
My Lunch With Obama is a feature-length documentary that chronicles Paul's journey - from the day he received his invitation, to his willingness to spend his own retirement funds to attend the event and the nationwide controversy it caused, to the surprise decision of the Democratic National Committee to rescind his invitation and the further controversy that erupted because Paul was uninvited.
The film also chronicles Paul's subsequent invitation from the government of the Netherlands to attend an international EV conference where he gave a presentation to leaders and policy makers of the Netherlands, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium.
Paul wasn't asked to spend his own money to share his insights with these leaders, instead, he was an honored guest with his trip completely subsidized by the hosting nations.
We believe this film and the story it tells is important. We want people to learn firsthand of Paul's passionate advocacy and commitment to electric vehicles and to see for themselves the personal advantages of driving an EV.
We also want our leaders and policy makers here in the U.S. to be able to hear Paul's message and learn how expanding national EV policy can have great economic, environmental and national security advantages for our nation.
We believe that, through this film, we can finally get Paul's message to the President, and this message will have an important and lasting effect upon the health and sustainability of our country.
Please help us finish this film!
Kelly Richard Olsen
About Paul Scott:
Paul is a co-founder of the EV advocacy and education group, Plug In America, past President of the Electrical Vehicle Association of Southern California, a long time leader in the environmental community, and an animal rights advocate.
Paul is often called to speak at conferences around the world about EV programs and policies. Paul was asked by Nissan to go to Japan and test out the prototype model of the Nissan LEAF and give his feedback to the Chairman of Nissan.
Paul appeared in Chris Paine's film, "Who Killed the Electric Car" and was a consulting producer on Chris's follow-up film, "Revenge of the Electric Car." Paul has been driving an Electric car for over 11 years on solar power.
About the Director and Producer, Kelly Richard Olsen:
Kelly has been in the entertainment business since the age of 15. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Guild.
He has worked on numerous film and television programs and has produced and directed many short films about electric vehicles and the people who drive them.
Kelly also has a long history of environmental activism and government involvement. Kelly was an elected Santa Monica City Councilman and a Santa Monica Planning Commissioner, serving two terms as the Chairman of the Commission.
As a City Councilman, Kelly initiated Santa Monica's Alternative Fueled Vehicle Policy which has resulted in Santa Monica being a recognized leader in EV programs and infrastructure. And of course, Kelly drives an electric Nissan LEAF!
First, last year Paul had some serious health issues that resulted in a couple of operations and 3 stays in the hospital. This caused us a delay in the completion of the film.
Great news is that Paul bounded back (you know that he is a fighter) and is doing extremely well.
Some more great news is that we added Ed Begley to the film. I think most know of Ed's commitment to the environment and Ed has been driving an EV for 45 years!
As if that wasn't exciting enough, we also have added John Densmore to the film. John was the drummer of the incredible group, The Doors. John drives a Volt and has solar on his roof.
Now Norway and Europe are much smarter ad they see the light. quote = The film also chronicles Paul's subsequent invitation from the government of the Netherlands to attend an international EV conference where he gave a presentation to leaders and policy makers of the Netherlands, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium. Paul wasn't asked to spend his own money to share his insights with these leaders, instead, he was an honored guest with his trip completely subsidized by the hosting nations