Let's Make Art Again / by Chris Weigl

What is happening in entertainment and media is so frightening that were I not so dogmatically tied to my own film and television projects as well as the characters they bring to life, the themes they embody, and the stories they play out that I would - in any other scenario - likely give up on media.  It’s been a nice run for me.  I’ve had fun and it’s been an eye-opening experience, but the people who are producing things in Hollywood nowadays aren’t the people that I want to work with.  Hollywood has completely forgotten what art is and they have no intention of even trying to find it again.  They don’t have the vision to put together a good product; they have an idea of what advertisers would like them to make and what focus groups think they’d like to watch.  If one were to walk into one of these focus groups Frank Luntz style one would be terrified even further by the insane amount of indecision that exists within the average Americans' mind as to what exactly they want.  This is why we have artists.  The job of an artist is to tell a story that people not only want to hear but need to hear.  That is what we're doing with our feature film: Finding our Founders and our TV show: Living History.  This is a film and a show that tells jokes at the expense of politicians, political parties, the media, and even the average voter.

What our projects represent is a fundamental shift in the paradigm of creative content in media.  That’s what we hope it does at least.  We want writers - whether they're repped or not - to be able to send unsolicited copies of their scripts to real production companies and actually have someone sit down and read it.  We want real artists to be taken seriously and we believe that a guy from St. Louis has as much right and ability to do that as anyone living in LA or New York.  LA and New York are the places where creative hopes and dreams go to die.  They are places that are romanticized by the people that live there for the people that live there.  We joke every year that the film that will win the most awards (and usually the Best Picture Oscar) is the movie that makes Hollywood look like the place that everyone in the upper echelons of the entertainment business actually believes it to be.  These are fourth or even fifth generation studio owners who think they know a thing or two about “creating” something.  The writers that work there tell them that they’re geniuses so that these studio heads will give them money to write adaptations of prior content that can be regurgitated in a manner that a fifth grader could understand because pitching to a smart audience has been frowned upon for the last fifteen years.

We believe that the audience for creative content is smarter than people give them credit for.  We believe people visit Wikipedia because it is an easy place to find information not because they’re looking for the most dumbed-down version of events available to man (Cliff’s Notes is still available, right?)  The truth is though that we live in a very divided country politically, ideologically and culturally.  A recent study came out that analyzed the opinions of two thousand climate scientists and only three of said scientists disagreed with the idea that climate change poses a huge and existential threat to our planet.  Three out of two thousand.  I’m not good at math but I think that’s more than half or as I like to jokingly put it: a mathematician calls it near unanimity; a conservative calls it a conspiracy.  This is the world we live in.  It’s polarized.  We can do something about or not.  My bet is that we don’t, but my God let’s at least say something about it!  That’s what we're trying to do and I hope that you can take the time to check out what we’re doing because somebody should be saying something even if it’s just speaking gibberish to gibber-gabbers.  If you scream at someone loud enough and long enough chances are they’ll at least realize that you’re not speaking with your indoor voice anymore.