Directed By Scott Ryan
What does it mean to be a citizen in the 21st Century? This is an important thematic question at the center of We Want the Airwaves.
Before we shot the first frames behind the scenes of the docuseries Manifesto! something was abundantly clear to us. A subject that no one was talking about: as much entertainment that was present on our airwaves, very little of it told the stories of everyday people.
Because of this our feature documentary We Want the Airwaves is, at it’s core, an argument for our first amendment rights. An argument for a people’s platform.
Cut from countless hours of behind the scenes footage and interviews with TV & Cultural insiders and outsiders, We Want the Airwaves follows the creation of the grassroots television series Manifesto! and the unique, diverse human subjects who brought the show to life; all while exposing the harsh realities of the ethically challenged unscripted television world.
The film’s journey begins with a singular manifesto. A tale of a team with a clear goal of creating the next evolution in television: a docuseries which chronicles the work of activists and the disenfranchised, who actively create solutions for their communities.
The first modern television show of its kind.
We follow them on this chaotic journey, filming Manifesto!, surviving myriad conflicts, pitching the show and eventually changing television as we know it.