13 March 2019

      I include the above correspondence for a reason.  It is the most fulsome reply (whether in good or bad English) that I have ever received concerning this project. 

      Indeed, my work here cannot be supported, because these videos violate.  They are too much against-the-grain of social normative acceptability.   But is this merely an assumption on my part?  Should I also devise some small experiment to test if this is indeed true?  But how would I go about measuring this claim -- that these works are vital exactly because they do violate.  This reflexive conjecture turned into an interesting testing predicament.

      Hypothesis:  I can find no one even willing to view the videos herein -- because they violate too many social boundaries -- which, in turn, helps to situate this project’s veracity and vitality.  

  1. 1. I need viewers to measure.

  2. 2. However, no one will watch these videos.

  3. 3. So, I should pay for a group of 20+ viewers, maybe.

  4. 4. But who is able to respond, let alone willing to watch?

  5. 5. Conclusion:  I need a group of responders who are required to watch and respond, and who also have, at least, some kind of experience with judging social boundaries through transgressive expressions of media.

      Method: I decided to submit this project to film festivals: To pay their entry fees and then see if my submitted work gets accepted.  Every time this project gets rejected, I intuited, it could be an indication of a kind of vitality -- that is to say, as something even too transgressive for open-free-thinking-film-festival-goers to consider.  Because this is the kind of veracious visceral antagonism necessary for counterfeiting the immensity of sacrilege Trump invokes.

      Luckily for me, film festivals number into the thousands.  Every nook-and-cranny in this country hosts some kind of film festival, hyping every thematic impulse imaginable.  So, I purposely selected the weirdest, most permissive, most accepting alternative festivals I could find.  And, I tried to do it all over a short 15 month period across Trump’s second year in office (Dec. 2017 - Mar. 2019).

      I submitted to 20+ media festivals, each averaging maybe $25 per entry.  Hence, I spent about $600 overall to conduct this loose experiment.  I paid them; now didn’t they have to view my half-hour entry?  Someone on their end would have to watch at least some of this project, right?  I waited to see what would happen. 

      Nothing happened.

      Yes, as fully expected, my work here was resoundingly rejected.  Of course, no film festival ever responded to tell me why exactly... just a REJECTION notice.  Still, while this wee experiment was cursory at best, I did come away with some validation.  Perhaps I did truly make something as vile and as repulsive as Trump himself: Symbolic Exchange.  At least the Experimental  Forum emailed back: We only award Honorable Mention to the film we thought it has some special qualities (sic).   Ha!...a most clumsy explanation.   But now, I suppose, I can’t never say that I ain’t got nothing from nobody never.  Or can I?


Vancouver Badass Film Festival

The Cinerotic Erotic Film Festival - International Dirty Show

DIAMETRALE - Experimental Film Festival

Manifesto Film Festival

Erotic & Bizarre Art Film Festival

Cinemafantastique 4

Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival

Arizona Underground Film Festival

The Golden Skull Film Festival

Sick 'n' Wrong Film Festival

BLOW-UP - International Arthouse Film Fest · Chicago

Phenomena Festival

Porny Days Film Art Festival

Mondo Cult Film Variety Showcase

The Nihilist Film Festival

The Eyeslicer

Hacker Porn Film Festival

Transparent Film Festival

Holly Weird Film Festival

Defy Film Festival

Threadbare Mitten Film Festival

Close Up: Edinburgh Docufest

Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival

NOTE:  I am well aware that the style of ‘ethnographic brutalism’ employed here in this Trump project is no one’s cup-of-tea.  But then out of the blue I received the email, below, from a complete stranger.  This is the very first  -- the only -- response I have ever received, and it came unsolicited from somebody named Regis.  Surrealism...solipsism?  I was moved to tears:

And then, two weeks later -- 13 Nov 2019 -- on the very first day of the televised impeachment hearings in Congress; I discovered yet another notification:


Humm...and so it goes.  At bottom, this website continues to stand as a theoretical enactment of experimental methods -- towards a more fulsome understanding of our mediated realities (Theory & Practice).  But then again, maybe my entire fallacy is wrong, eh?

And then this:





An American

resident of Canada, experimenting with new forms of critical media ethnography in Cultural Farming.

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Peroration: The Dirty Presidency

                            January 2017 - January 2018

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