I don't think we have a choice at this point, LJ. Four years ago I would have agreed with you, now we don't have the luxury to pretend that guys like Mike don't exist.
So, Mike, please: what sort of stories would you like to see told?
Hey Mike, could you give us some examples of stories with a "strongly conservative message" that would find it difficult to be accepted to Sundance on political grounds? I'm curious to know what sort of things we're missing out on.
I'm really be interested to know what sort of "good quality" stories aren't being told
cool hand, luke.
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.
"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.