Interview: Filmmaker/Producer Jim D. Stern

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It’s Election Day in America! Go out and vote everyone. In the spirit of a monumental day that can decide the course of our future, I had a chance to speak to filmmaker/producer Jim D. Stern about the 2016 Presidential Election he documents in his documentary film American Chaos. Jim shares his fascinating experience traveling the country and talking to people about the election that ended up with Donald Trump becoming President.


This was a real fun conversation. I’m not the biggest politics junkie, but Jim certainly got me talking and thinking. He makes a great valid point on the two fundamental reasons he felt Trump would win. Hilary not being a candidate that people can relate to and support and having a party winning three consecutive times. The candidate with the most passionate followers usually wins. Pretty true when you think about it.

It blew me away about how certain and confident Jim was in how he felt Trump would win leading up to the election. Jim made a point nobody can deny, that Donald Trump is a heck of a campaigner.

The biggest surprise to Jim was that he liked the people who were Trump supporters. In a way I’m not surprised at all by that. Being a documentarian covering a story like this, you have to be open minded and unbiased, no matter what your beliefs are. It’s the only way to tell a story, which was his goal.

When he talks about us as people living in different realities and having the internet separate us, really stuck with me. He’s completely right. As much as we feel connected worldwide, we separate due to the criticism against each other.

AMERICAN CHAOS is out now on Digital (Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play)

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Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues.
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