In Your Hands (1:13) / Organize For Our Lives (7:08) / Activized (38:00) / My Friend, The Mayor: Small-Town Politics In The Age of Trump (60:00)
Total Time: 106:21 (1 hour, 46 minutes, 21 seconds)
Through use of visceral imagery, emotional score and powerful repurposing of a forgotten John F. Kennedy presidential speech recording, a timeless theme emerges. "In Your Hands" begs viewers to look inward and rediscover our connection with the natural world, specifically the ocean. The message is a comforting reminder of our origin, but also our responsibility to honor it.
Narration courtesy of the Presidential Library under public domain.
Among the first to be hit by the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s, Sean Strub’s political ambitions took a backseat as he struggled to survive. Now 60, he is running for mayor of a conservative town in Pennsylvania. How will this liberal, openly gay ex-New Yorker and founder of POZ, a magazine for people with HIV, fare in a rural community that voted for Donald Trump? My Friend, The Mayor follows his two-month campaign through to its nail-biting finish. The documentary, filmed by Sean’s friend and former Dutch TV-correspondent Max Westerman, is an inspiring and hopeful portrayal of small-town democracy in the age of Trump. The election of a controversial president has energized voters at the local level, with many getting involved in surprisingly bipartisan ways.