*Online Premiere* When a bet on Trump alienates him from all his friends, Keith aims to defend himself by telling his side of the story. As he recounts the tale of how it all went down, spouting his unlikely political views through the shocked streets of NYC post-election, it keeps getting darker and darker.
Keith had a feeling about Trump. He saw the speeches and the rousing audience response. He didn’t feel the same way about Hillary, and he put his intuition to the test with a $100 bet against a subway saxophone performer named Robert. When the results come in, it gets contentious for everyone involved. Keith’s friend Jay listens in disgust and spews back resentment as Keith’s story escalates from a simple bet to a discussion about everything that’s wrong with America. Keith’s other friends, Fiona and Arya, an Iranian-American, terrified about the newly uncovered bigotry, try to talk some sense into him, but an unsettling development with Robert forces him off the rails once again.
It would seem fake if it wasn’t so real. Giampietro is a man of the streets and the stories he finds are unbearably awkward and also incredibly funny. He finds deep humanity in the peculiarities of off-the-radar individuals and lets them say their piece. Unpresidented offers another healthy dose of Giampietro’s trademarks (see Whiffed Out, Hernia) while placing them firmly in the zeitgest of Trump-hate. (15 minutes). Official Selection, New York Film Festival. Written, Directed, Edited and Produced by Jason Giampietro. Starring Mike Swift, Keith Poulson. Cinematography by Danilo Parra.