In the year since the 2016 presidential election, American art has adopted barbed subtexts. Suddenly, so much of the popular culture we consume is a corollary to the social and political implications raised by the melodrama of the current administration.
For the most part, we won’t have a clear picture of Hollywood’s artistic response to the Trump administration until 2018 or even 2019, when the projects now in development and production come to fruition. “American Horror Story: Cult,” which offers a flimsy parable about a country divided by post-election rifts, may be the closest we’ve come to a fictional response to the so-called Trump phenomenon.
But at least one medium has seen an immediate uptick in artists commenting on our polarizing current events: short films.
“That’s where the shorts format can be most exciting, especially for documentary filmmakers,” Vimeo curator Ina Pina told HuffPost.
A member of the five-person team that selects Vimeo’s coveted Staff Picks section, which can vault a video to varying degrees of internet fame, Pina has noticed that more of the platform’s recent submissions are political in nature, especially in the nonfiction and music-video realms.
Some of the short videos Vimeo showcases are made in as quickly as a few months, or even a few days. Popular topics, she told HuffPost, include climate change, the aftermath of the election, and Europe’s current refugee crisis.
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