A collective response from independent filmmakers to current threats to our democracy, freedom of speech, and civil rights.
Filmmakers Unite (FU) is a compilation of one-to-nine minute personal shorts by various documentary, narrative and experimental filmmakers intended to give voice to diverse responses within the independent film community – cutting across race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and religion – to present a collective response more powerful and effective than isolated individual responses. To this end, filmmakers Jay Rosenblatt and Ellen Bruno put out a call to over 200 of their fellow artists asking for submissions. From those submitted a provocative program of 13 shorts were selected. TRT= 78 mins.
LA MADRE BUENA/THE GOOD MOTHER (5:35)
by Sarah Clift
A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics to find her son’s birthday request – a Donald Trump piñata.
THE STARTING LINE/LA LÍNEA (6:42)
by Pacho Velez and Nicole Salazar
The Starting Line / La Línea captures the rhythms of a day at the Tijuana border crossing. But it’s not just any day. As people go through their routines, they listen to the local news report on Donald Trump’s inauguration.
THE TOOL (8:43)
by Kate Amend and Pablo Bryant
The incomparable artist and cartoonist Mr. Fish responds to the election of Donald Trump with his scathing brand of uncensored humor.
WHO MATTERS? (7:18)
by Shy Hamilton
An experimental short made entirely of gifs which questions who is considered important in US society.
THE UNITED STATES (6:44)
by Ferne Pearlstein
Sadly relevant to current events, The United States tells a piece of a largely unknown story of Nazi sympathizers in a time and place we never expected.
SCARED VERY SCARED (6:45)
by Jay Rosenblatt
An imagined therapy session that obliquely suggests the seeds of “Trump” and the subsequent fear and anxiety he evokes.
THIS IS MY COUNTRY (6:43)
by Kris Samuelson and John Haptas
Rising bigotry towards immigrants is spawning fear and anxiety that permeate the lives of children just trying to get through school in the country they call home.
THE MUSLIM MEME (4:30)
by Usama Alshaibi
The Muslim Meme is an expression of the frustration and disgust with the rising right-wing news propaganda machine that is heard on AM radio while commuting to work.
LITTLE DONNIE (4:08)
by Chel White
A stop motion Donald Trump doll goes on a rampage in this timely animated parody of a 1970’s horror film.
by David Sampliner and Rachel Shuman
James, a left-leaning poet, decides to travel to Idaho to visit his brother Dolph, a Trump-supporting former Marine, to bridge the longstanding divide between them.
STATE OF THE UNION (3:32)
By Alan Berliner
A meditation on the current political, ethical, and cultural divide in our country, a situation profoundly more urgent in the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency.
FELLOW AMERICAN (6:30)
by Eva Ilona Brzeski
In a moment of political anger and social unrest, a filmmaker travels across the United States.
A FINE INITIAL ACT (1:44)
by Jeremy Rourke
Joy doesn’t betray activism,
it sustains it.