November 11, 2016
INDIE FILM WEEKLY

What a Trump Presidency Means for Filmmakers [PODCAST]

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This episode of Indie Film Weekly breaks down the potential impact of America's new government on artists and the press.

Co-hosts Jon Fusco, Emily Buder, and yours truly, Liz Nord, discuss the implications of Trump's victory for filmmakers, as well as an ambitious Election Day documentary-in-the-making and the Cinema Eye Honors and IDA Awards nominees. We also say goodbye to French cinematographer Raoul Coutard, discuss how YouTube is branching into HDR, and talk about GoPro's unfortunate recall of its new Karma drone. In the Ask No Film School segment, we advise on the best website builder for filmmakers. Tech writer Charles Haine joins us to bring the latest gear news. And, as always, we update you on upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week's indie film releases, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films. 

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That photo is typical leftist projection. If there is any group is interested in silencing political/cultural dissent and punishing dissidents, it's the Post-Modern Left. College administrators and non-tenured professors who've go against the orthodoxy and paid with their careers are an easily quantifiable example. Trump is no more of a demagogue than Obama, and nothing in his platform suggests the constitutionally protected freedoms of US citizens will be under attack.

November 11, 2016 at 11:25AM

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Marc B
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Well said Marc B. I'm so tired of the tyrannical left crying about their rights while doing everything possible to silence and suppress those who do not believe in their orthodoxy. Is Trump a wild card? Sure... but Hillary was basically a criminal who got a pass from the press because she promoted their ideals. If anything the media will start doing their jobs again instead of being propaganda outlets.

November 11, 2016 at 1:46PM

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Did Obama openly keep blacklists of media outlets who didn't publish favorable news? Did Obama ban press from his plane, or routinely dodge media pools? Did Obama call for an "opening up" of libel laws? Did he single out reporters who he didn't like, telling them literally to "be quiet"?

Is "be quiet" a synonym for "silence"?

I really hope that your only defense as to why Trump is "no more of a demagogue than Obama" is that he has never held public office, nor been a politician in any way, and that we as a nation aren't regretting that rather naive defense in four years time.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/14/media/donald-trump-media-blacklist/
http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/02/donald-trump-libel-laws-2...
http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/02/media/donald-trump-katy-tur/

November 16, 2016 at 9:42AM, Edited November 16, 9:44AM

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matthew david wilder
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I think the predictions for what Trump's election means for filmmakers was a little too doom-and-gloom. I am, by no means, a Trump fanboy or supporter of the far-right, but I think it's important to note that the US slipped TENTY NINE spots down the press freedom index under the Obama administration. So as distinguished as President Obama has been, and as much of a friend he's been to personal rights, he hasn't been a champion for freedom of press.

Also, and this is just hoping for the "best case scenario" for someone like me who is a small business owner and makes their living both in commercial video production and filmmaking, the Trump-era could usher in tax cuts for business owners like myself that make it easier to make a decent profit. Also, if you really think about it, American Cinema is one of our more profitable "exports." So if Trump sees it that way (and hopefully, being a man who has made so much money off the "entertainment" industry, he will), then he might actually end up infusing the film industry with more money, or putting structures in place that make private investment in cinema more appealing... here's to hoping, at least.

Now, what he might do to affect certain laws that could make american cities/states appeal to studios (case in point, NC), or certain workers feel safe and welcome that is another story altogether...

But I'm *trying* to assume the best... trying.

November 11, 2016 at 11:33AM

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Micah Taylor
Writer | Director | DP
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Appreciate your perspective, Micah.

November 11, 2016 at 12:55PM

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Liz Nord
Editor-in-Chief & Lead Producer
Documentary Filmmaker/Multi-platform Producer

This isn't actually a real article, it's like click bait based on the headline. But seriously, this is going to give many of us indie folks a huge incentive as Mr. Trump knows what we're up against (studios who are part of the mainstream media). I cannot wait to bust the system :)

November 11, 2016 at 1:28PM, Edited November 11, 1:28PM

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Cal Nguyen
Filmmaker/actor
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Part of being an artist and a film maker is not only to entertain but educate the world. Even though Hilary won the popular vote she only won by a fraction of a percentage vote. Why weren't the large amount of Hilary supporting film makers out there creating something for the masses to explain why Hilary's points were so important. I'm not here to upset anybody as I know a large amount of my peers are democratic and I have to keep food on the table but I'm not picking either side, I'm just saying I think the film community fell a sleep this election and now are stepping up after the pardon the expression the $%#@ the fan. I think the opposite will happen now that Trump is president and we will see people get off the streets finally with this senseless violent meaningless protest and start creating real art not this senseless Cotton candy stuff I've seen the past 4 years. People are angry but I think we need to grab a camera and start shooting what we really believe in instead of lashing out at the public. I heard there is a large movement for Michelle Obama to be president next election don't wait to make your next Doc in 4 years grab your camera and start convincing people tomorrow.

November 11, 2016 at 2:04PM

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Joseph Bennetts
Owner of BlackWind productions/Editor/DP/Diretor
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The problem is that many of the left's idea of social justice employ's a bullying tactic. Name and shame, vilify and destroy anyone that disagrees with them. A tyrannical and oppressive strategy. They are responsible for Trumps election or at the very least should shoulder a good helping of the blame. We've all seen it for years now on Twitter and Facebook. Anyone that has even a slightly differing opinion to them is destroyed. There agenda is never to engage and discuss but rather to divide and subjugate. If you disagree you're a racist, or stupid or evil. Blanket statements aimed at sometimes in the case of Brexit millions of people at a time. Whole swathes of society condemned as racist because they dared to disagree or just decided after 30 years in the EU it was time for a change. The Trump situation is no different. There are many who will have voted for Trump that were just faced with a horrific choice, Hilary or Trump, bluntly speaking, that's no choice. So really it was about do we vote for, the same old, or, change. And when I say change I mean for better or for worse. The fact that so many were willing to vote for Trump is really a daming indictment of Hilary's unpopularity. Had Trump been up against Michelle Obama You guys would have had your first female president right now.

November 12, 2016 at 12:22PM

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John Stockton
Film maker, Editor, Photographer.
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John Stockton is EXACTLY correct. Those who have studied logic know that modern liberalism is entirely a combination of 2 fallacies - the straw man and the ad hominem. Create an extremist false position, claim Conservatives believe that extreme position, and then attack the messenger for a position they do not hold. There is no actual logic or intellectualism in any of Hillary's positions. It's the straw man, and the ad hominem. Unfortunately few Liberals understand or care about these terms, and thus, there can be no civil discourse.

November 14, 2016 at 1:25PM, Edited November 14, 1:27PM

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"Had Trump been up against Michelle Obama You guys would have had your first female president right now."

I don't really understand how that correlates with the argument that people voted for change, better or worse.

November 16, 2016 at 9:52AM, Edited November 16, 9:52AM

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matthew david wilder
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Please, let's check our bias.
Unity over Ego

As Wikileaks has exposed, Clinton's campaign colluded with the media to give Trump favorable coverage during the primaries. Remember the non-stop headlines of him leading the polls? This helped him gain further exposure, with people tired of the right and the left.
This is the man who has been a liberal Democrat for most of his adult life until just a few years ago. A man who meshed progressive values with conservative views on tax reform, trade and border security. The same man who led NBC's number one show for umpteen seasons.

Clinton tactically choose Trump, as he was supposed to be the easiest opponent to defeat. The plan as exposed by Wikileaks was that of character assassination. Manipulate the context of what he stands for by using his own words. Using their connections in the media to drill the same crafted narrative of hate in every way possible. As a matter of fact they've spent about $520 million on drilling that message into countless headlines, articles and Op-Ed's etc. News outlets would cover the same 'civil protests' in unison, using the same talking points. They omit the fact that they were not organic in nature, but funded and orchestrated by George Soros's MoveOn. Soros gave $25mil to Clinton's campaign. The riots that have taken place this week have been organized in the same fashion as the ones that were staged at Trump rallies, where activists were paid to start violence.

Remember Clinton's role in destabilizing Libya & Syria, Iran with covert support of the Arab Spring? Remember Neda? These 'peaceful' protests share striking similarities to what is happening here. MoveOn style community organizing.

There were a lot more people who voted for Trump than racist white people, most choose to ignore that. We all witnessed the narrative of news anchors change once election results came in. Will's were broken and the commentary degraded to 'un-educated white people are racist, sexist xenophobes' once it was apparent that the $520mil propaganda campaign didn't work. These are the same people who from the map previously voted for Obama.

I reiterate, we all need to check our programming. Why do we have our lines in the sand, where do we get the information that aided us into forming these biases?

Am I pro Trump? No.

But I am against mass social programming funded by globalist who have a stake in who runs our Government. Wikileaks exposed the depth of this corruption and the media didn't give it the same type of coverage, or in-depth context analysis that they favorably gave Trump during the primaries or attacked him with during the election. Media controls the narrative pure and simple. If something is deemed a threat, it's covered in the abstract without context or even not at all.

-explore

Inside The Invisible Government: John Pilger On War, Propaganda, Clinton And Trump - New Matilda
https://archive.fo/1inAb#selection-409.3-413.11

H. A. Goodman
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDB5XReUyyqt-FTNdkzFN-A

November 11, 2016 at 2:27PM, Edited November 11, 2:32PM

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Travis Kelleher
Multimedia Specialist
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Well stated.

November 16, 2016 at 12:37PM

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I was going to post but I read some of the comments and although I did not find any conspiracy theories that promote the idea that aliens have impregnated their neighbors ... it would not have surprised me. It takes all kinds of people to make the world go round. Weirdos and wackos included. This thread seems to have attracted a lot of them.

November 11, 2016 at 2:30PM, Edited November 11, 2:48PM

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the left/right paradigm is a complete hoax. proud to be an independent.

November 11, 2016 at 5:10PM

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November 11, 2016 at 5:20PM, Edited November 11, 5:36PM

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Arguments about the relative unworthiness of this that or the other person in power might -not- be the most important point for this particular community. Here's a list of bad actions by powerful people:

Obama bailed out Wall Street banks but left underwater home mortgage holders hanging out to dry. No culpable execs went to jail! (Not a little thing)

Hillary Clinton was reckless with national security practices. (Not a little thing.)

Trump promoted racial animus and has very little chance to "unite the nation." (Not a little thing.)

He also downgraded political discourse big time. (I don't care how big his dick is, and I don't have much faith in a person who needs to talk about that in a public political debate.) A grownup would have responded to such an allegation ("that he has little hands, so, uh......") by ignoring it or, at the most, pointing out that that wasn't worthy of any comment. (Not a little thing. We need a real grownup in the White House, not a petulant man who seems to need us all to be assured that he has no problem in that department.)

Anyone who follows politics knows that this list can be greatly expanded to include a list of transgressions and imperfections by all of them and many more.

So, here's the real point of this post: Look at your gear. All of it, including your computer. Find the words "Made in China." If it does not say made "Made in China," do a little research to find out if any of its components were made in China, regardless of where it was assembled. Remind yourself of what you paid for it. Ask yourself what it will cost when the Chinese respond to high tariffs by imposing their own, if Trump starts the trade war that will ensue should he keep his promises.

Good luck with that.

November 11, 2016 at 5:22PM

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I'm very happy to see many of my colleagues not letting themselves be deceived. And I'm very happy to see so many people standing up to media and the true fear-mongering. Now we can focus on making great art instead of pushing a stupid extreme leftist agenda.

November 11, 2016 at 6:43PM

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Nick Holmes
Screenwriter/Director/Actor
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Amen!

November 16, 2016 at 12:34PM

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OMG. Stop it. Leave politics off this site, go "protest", move to Canada, but PLEASE, stop it with your sad, whiny, special little snowflake BULLSHIT. More gear reviews, more writer interviews, etc. Trump is not going to "silence" you. God...

November 11, 2016 at 8:09PM

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Todd Covelli
National Producer | Multimedia Journalist | E.W. Scripps Co.
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I have to say, people should't fear anything. Trump's win represents the will of the people, it's a sign of change, a need to go back to a much different time, if you ask me a much more orderly one. It might be what's really good for the West, you don't know yet, give it some time. On the side of filmmaking, you're always going to have freedom of speech. We'll always be allowed to tell the story you want.

November 12, 2016 at 1:25PM

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Michael Couvaras
Director/Writer
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Will of the people? He lost the popular vote and 46% of the voting population sat out. That means only about 1/4 of the adult population voted for him. Arguing that we'll always have freedom of speech and expression just because we have it now is nonsensical. Look at history, freedoms are taken away by authoritarian governments all the time. No, I don't think it will happen here, but lets not take it for granted.

November 12, 2016 at 11:39PM

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John Morse
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Many presidents have won the election without winning the popular vote. The Electoral College exists to prevent heavily populated states like California, Illinois, and New York from deciding who gets to be president for the rest of the 47 states. Like the World Series is won by winning the most games, not by scoring the most home runs, the presidency is won by winning the most states.

November 16, 2016 at 12:32PM

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I normally don't like to get political on this stage but I had to get this off my chest. For the Obama care being taken away, which it looks like that won't be the case. I got through a good part of my life without the need of Obama care or any other government funded care. I got through college working as a motorcycle courier and having at least a dozen accidents and I made it through it just great. Except for the little twitch in my left eye, haha. The point being this industry is a though physical industry to be in and if your relying on Obama care to keep you alive, you may want to look into another career. Yes you can work in the production office but believe me those people are non stop and just as physically involved. If people are actually dying because they don't have Obama care, we need to look at this closer as I think this maybe a bigger problem than Obama Care.

November 12, 2016 at 3:14PM

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Joseph Bennetts
Owner of BlackWind productions/Editor/DP/Diretor
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Nothing. It means absolutely nothing to filmmakers.

Like him or hate him, we didn't elect Hitler, Stalin or Mao. I'm certainly not going to stop making films just because one person or another was elected president. Unless you produce propaganda for a living, you have nothing to worry about.

Also, the headline image for this article is pure click-bait bulls#!t.

November 14, 2016 at 9:30AM

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Toll
Producer/ Director of Photography
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Good answer........... Bravo!

November 16, 2016 at 12:25PM

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What does a Trump presidency prospectively mean for filmmakers?

It's tough to say, but...

...If you're a filmmaker who happens to have been born in the U.S. to parents who entered the country illegally, you might tell a very powerful, emotional and intimate visual story about you and your family being uprooted and deported back to a "home" that you have never known.

...If you're a filmmaker who happens to have been born with male genitalia but who always felt more feminine, and who has made the decision to not live within a body that does not feel theirs, you might tell the story about how using the bathroom in which you feel most comfortable resulted in a series of events that left you as a registered sex offender, and leave the audience pondering upon whom the real offense had been committed.

...If you're a filmmaker who happens to be a Muslim, well, you very likely could tell any story that you'd like over the next four years and I'd watch it.

I think you probably get the point.

What are we doing here, people? The way I see it, we're here to tell stories that make others feel something.

How does a Trump presidency affect filmmakers? Well, it only takes a look outside your window to see a lot of feel.

November 16, 2016 at 10:25AM

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matthew david wilder
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How a Trump presidency could negatively effect writers, you ask? I see the picture included with your link to the podcast shows a young man (a writer, I presume) with tape over his mouth.
The first thought that comes to my mind is, take the tape off your mouth and stick a pacifier in it. Or a straw to help you suck it up.

But the second thought that comes to mind is maybe, just maybe, we'll see a return of good quality shows on TV and on the big screen. Quality books on bookstore and library shelves. Stories written by gifted writers to convey messages of good character, hope and courage, and strength. Stories with morals and valuable lessons to be learned, not 50 shades of pop culture popcorn and rubbish. Epic tales where the good guys win, and the bad guys get their just desserts. Art that makes Life worth imitating.

The conservative and/or Christian artist for the last decade or so has been marginalized, almost entirely ignored by the powers that be in the leftist dominated arts industry. Maybe, just maybe, a Trump presidency and a conservative Congress could offer a glimmer of hope to those talented artists and writers, the creative conservative square pegs who just so happen not to fit inside the liberal round holes and would not want to, even if a publisher made them an offer they couldn't refuse.

November 16, 2016 at 12:14PM

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I'm really be interested to know what sort of "good quality" stories aren't being told

November 19, 2016 at 2:41AM

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matthew david wilder
Director/Cameraman/Editor/Colorist
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Another ridiculous politically-biased article...one more you lose me.

November 16, 2016 at 4:02PM

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Alexander Manning
Director
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A good tool that Adobe has in creative cloud is the My Portfolio service which I use for my portfolio. Might not be great for a single project site but the customizability is great and links in well with Adobe Behance and YouTube embed links. Thanks for another great episode of IFW.

January 2, 2017 at 10:40AM

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Isaac Voorn
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