‘Why Trump’ Set To Release On Day Of Sentencing

Award-Winning Director Brian Schodorf Unveils A Riveting Exposé

The Presidential debate and subsequent days have shown that political divide remains a hot topic.  Simmering next, before more debates and conventions, is Donald Trump’s July 11th hush-money sentencing.  It is also the day Award-Winning Film Director and Producer Brian Schodorf releases his latest investigative film series Why Trump?

The 4-part series gives raw glimpses into the thoughts of supporters and challengers of former President Trump.  The question posed in the title is answered from diverse points of view, but all American. The answers may surprise you, confuse you, or even make you angry, but beyond anything else, they will inform you.

Production of Why Trump began in 2020, when the world stopped due to the Covid pandemic. “During this time, I moved from Chicago to a small town to be with family and noticed the area was 90% Trump supported”, says Schodorf. “I couldn’t believe it and I wanted to understand.” 

This began a three-year journey starting in Dixon, Illinois, birthplace of Ronald Reagan, considered the father of the modern Republican movement. Schodorf travels through the heartland capturing intimate thoughts of farmers, ranchers, truckers, and anyone willing to talk.  Notable figures such as  David Axelrod, Anthony Scaramucci, Rudy Giuliani, Kathleen Sebelius, David Banner, Hill Harper and Roger Stone are also featured. 

Why Trump is impartial journalism on a controversial subject. Topics include the Tulsa Race Massacre, the abortion vote, and the decline of small-town America. 

“I think it is important to try to understand where Trump supporters are coming from… if we don’t sit and try to listen to one another we will only grow further apart,” Schodorf says.   

To learn where to stream the film, visit http://www.WhyTrumpMovie.com.

What: Why Trump movie release and party
Where: The iO Theater, Chicago (1501 N. Kingsbury Street)
When:  Thursday, July 11th, 2024, 7:00 PM.
Event Tickets:  http://www.WhyTrumpMovie.eventbrite.com


Brian is a Columbia College Chicago graduate holding an Undergraduate Degree in Television Production and a Master Degree of Media Management. He is a television and film producer, director, and writer holding 7 Regional Emmy Awards, 22 Regional Emmy Nominations, and 13 National Telly Awards. Schodorf has developed a trademark style of tackling difficult topics and revealing the interconnectedness of politics, social systems, and the human heart.

His first documentary, Poverty in Chicago, aired nationally on PBS in 2007 and documented the homelessness epidemic in downtown Chicago. His second documentary film, released in 2008, Greensburg, the story of a small Kansas town devastated by a tornado was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Documentary and aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel and The Discovery Channel.

In 2011 Schodorf wrote, directed and produced the ESPN and NBA-TV Emmy Award-Winning documentary The Wayman Tisdale Story, a feature film profiling retired NBA basketball player and jazz musician, Wayman Tisdale.

In 2013 Schodorf spearheaded the development of the video production division for the City of Chicago’s tourism and marketing arm, Choose Chicago.

In 2020 Schodorf was awarded 5 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards for his acclaimed documentary, Chicago at the Crossroad, an exploration of the root causes of violence in Chicago. 

Brian credits much of his success to growing up watching his uncle, famed newsman Bill Kurtis, tell stories that mattered.  He resides in Chicago, IL and works with clients in various industry verticals across the country through his video and film production company Schodorf Media.

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