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'American Chaos' seeks insight into the 2016 presidential election




Documentary filmmaker Jim Stern wanted to understand the appeal of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. He tries to sort it out in his film,
Documentary filmmaker Jim Stern wanted to understand the appeal of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. He tries to sort it out in his film, "American Chaos."
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Putting 'American Chaos' into perspective

In the months before the 2016 presidential election, filmmaker James D. Stern had a sense that Donald Trump was on to something. The passion of Trump's supporters was something he'd never seen before. And as an avowed liberal, it didn't make sense to him. So Stern decided to step outside his own echo chamber and set out to interview Trump supporters across the country to find out what was behind their fervor for then-candidate Trump. His goal was to record history and capture the beginning of a movement before the rest of the country caught up to it. The result is his new documentary, "American Chaos."

https://youtu.be/89wQ957RvFc

A new crackdown on foreign artists seeking entry to the U.S.

On Sept. 11, a new policy was instated that allows officers with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to deny visas or green card applications due to a lack of evidence or even simple typos. Matthew Covey has worked for more than 20 years in arts immigration and is founding director of Tamizdat, a non-profit dedicated to international cultural exchange. He spoke with The Frame about how his organization is helping foreign artists through the visa process.

The democratization of fashion photography

Until recently, fashion photography was dominated by the magazine and advertising industries. They featured big campaigns, glossy spreads and well-known models. But technology and social media have permeated this aspect of our culture. Digital cameras and Instagram shifted fashion photography from the hands of the elite into those of, well, almost anyone. An exhibit at The Getty Museum, titled “Icons of Style,” traces the evolution of fashion photography over the past 100 years. Included in the exhibit are photographs by Scott Schuman, who brought digital “street style” photography to the masses in the early aughts with his blog, “The Sartorialist.” Schuman recently took the exhibit’s curator, Paul Martineau, and The Frame contributor Mary Knauf on a walkthrough of the exhibit, where he explained his place among the fashion photography greats.