Meet the Young Female Filmmaker With a Gun-Reform Super PAC

Meet the Young Female Filmmaker With a Gun-Reform Super PAC

What makes Sarah Ullman different from all the other 30-something filmmakers living in Los Angeles’s Silver Lake? For one thing, she has a super PAC. If your idea of a mega-fundraising political action committee founder looks more like a Koch or a Mercer, Ullman will surprise you: Petite, with a bob and a penchant for bright lipstick, you might sooner mistake her for a campaign volunteer than an executive director whose political ads helped flip 10 of the 15 seats Democrats gained in the Virginia statehouse in 2017. But her youth makes sense in the context of her PAC’s number one cause: to help elect candidates committed to ending America’s gun-violence problem, which, in the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Florida , this year, has become the cri de coeur of an entire generation. Ullman founded her PAC, One Vote at a Time, in 2016, after another notorious mass shooting struck a group of largely young Americans, this time at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. While living in Los Angeles, having begun her career as a director just a year before, Ullman was watching Chris Murphy of Connecticut speak in the midst of a 15-hour filibuster on the Senate floor when she realized that she, too, had had enough. Ullman had interned for Murphy, then a Representative from her home district, in 2009, when she was a junior at Tufts University. As a familiar cycle of thoughts and prayers set in, Ullman felt helpless and angry. “I […]

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