Inside Civics

It's time we take the government to the people and meet them where they are.


“If something is not done to improve the level of civic knowledge, that is what you should worry about at night.” 


Honorable David Souter

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice

After eight years of public service, Linda Newell termed out of the Colorado State Senate and is now producing short documentaries and events to educate people of all ages about our government, from an inside view.  You’ll see how government really works, from the inside. Inside Civics is now working on The Executive Branch (working title) seeing the Governor's and Lt. Governor's roles from the inside. Donate and become an on-screen sponsor!


The Last Bill


In her last session, Senator Newell filmed this short behind-the-scenes documentary of a senator’s real-life story carrying bills through the legislature. You’ll see from an insider’s perspective how difficult it can be to turn a bill into law.  As you follow Sen. Newell, joined by Sen. Kevin Lundberg, through the process, she works her bills of suicide prevention and intentional misrepresentation of service animals, being challenged from across the aisle, attempting bipartisanship, all with a bit of humor and fortitude.

Whether you’ve never, or often, visited your state Capitol, you’re sure to be intrigued by this human story under the dome.

Connected by the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, The Last Bill is a collaboration with Linda Newell, the Colorado Film School, and Indie Denver Media Productions.  Director, Aaron Koehler; Producer, Linda Newell; Editor, Matt Baxter, Associate Producer, Brittany Wolfe


Why now?

  • Elected officials’ ratings are at an all-time low— ranging from apathy to hostility.

  • Most legislators have witnessed citizens’ lack of knowledge about government; the role, the process, and positions. Now we see the huge need for voters being educated factually, and for people to better understand others living outside their own “bubble.”  What better way than from an inside view?

  • For our democracy to survive, now is the time to educate about our government, and advocate for our democratic republic.