The intersection of film and politics

Last week was eventful, to say the least. Now that The Donald is President-elect, protests have cropped up all along the country. Not even a small city like San Luis is safe from the drama.

It would seem that the indie film scene would be a safe haven from political drama and unrest, but that would be very wrong.

In response to Trump winning the election, indie filmmakers have also rallied against him. In an article by Graham Winfrey on Indiewire, filmmakers voiced their concerns, for lack of a better word, about the President-elect:

“It’s obviously dark times, but that’s where and when artists have a responsibility to keep us entertained and to tell really good stories that inspire us and keep the hope alive.” — Joana Vicente

It might seem melodramatic to some, but this sense of despair throughout the indie filmmaking community is pervasive, but some, like Joe Pichirallo in the article, believe this to be an opportunity:

“Fortunately, in our country we do have the freedom to express ourselves in whatever way we want, so I don’t think it’s going to hinder people from doing a movie like ‘Moonlight’ or something that’s really bold, daring, interesting and exciting…” — Joe Pichirallo

This is certainly an uncertain time in American history. However, American film has responded to political uncertainty before in humorous ways.

And American film has also responded in poignant ways, with the much more serious threat of a World War.



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