What Happens 73 Days Later?


"Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they are separated from each other. No greater tragedy can befall a society than the attempt to live in monologue rather than dialogue."

Not only is this a fitting quote for our film and what we as a team have set out to do over the past 73 days — to take an unflinching look at America and its people in order to better learn how to empathize with one another so we can communicate again as humans, as equals, and as a country — but unfortunately, this is the ugly truth regarding the state of social and political issues in America today. Everyone is talking, but nobody's listening, so we are. We are determined to do our small part in inciting change by opening up a dialogue to conversation with, and for, all political affiliations and beliefs. Our film is for the curious, those who are open and willing to listen to the uncensored thoughts and feelings of fellow Americans who have been brutally honest, brave and vulnerable with us during their interviews, especially if those beliefs fundamentally differ from yours. 

                                                              —Maxwell Salvati, Director of 73 Days Later


Here we are, 73 days later. Since Election Day 2016, our team of filmmakers has been working tirelessly all across the country, filming each and every single day in the hopes of capturing as many reactions to the social and political climate of America as possible — profound moments, important political events, poignant social movements, and powerful interviews — culminating with the 58th Presidential Inauguration. This past weekend was historic for many reasons, most notably Donald J. Trump was officially sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States, as well as the Women’s March, the biggest protest and one-day demonstration of dissent in the history of our country. Finalizing one of the most divisive presidential transitions in history, President Trump proclaimed January 20th a Day of Patriotic Devotion, which promptly led to nationwide protests and violence by those who opposed a Trump Administration. This, of course, on the 21st of January and in stark contrast, was promptly followed by a day of acceptance, equality, and unity, in which nearly 3 million people participated nationally by peacefully protesting and marching for what they believe in.


Due to overwhelming demand, we have extended our video interview submission deadline through the end of the month (January 31st)! We are looking for your reactions to Trump’s Inauguration, the Women’s March, your hopes for the future of America, and your thoughts on this truly historic weekend. We have added four new and important questions that need your answers and insights, so please over to the SUBMIT A VIDEO page and add your voice to the conversation. 


1. How do you feel about Donald Trump’s inauguration? How do you feel about the Women’s March? Does one event carry more historical significance than the other for you? 

2. What are your expectations for a Donald Trump Administration? What would a successful presidency look and feel like to you? Please explain in detail. 

3. Do you have HOPE for the future of America? Why?

4. Describe in detail what your ideal America looks, feels, and operates like? How do we work towards achieving that America? 


First off, and most importantly, everyone on our team around the country and in D.C. is safe and, despite being teargassed, slapped, and a few run-ins with riot police, we are headed back to San Francisco unscathed. We've added an enormous amount of important and politically potent film to the stockpile of footage we have been compiling by capturing as much of the action as possible leading up to, and during, both of these extraordinary events in order to accurately and honestly portray the state of our country and its people during this unprecedented time. We have a lot of film to comb through and edit, but below are a few stills from raw video footage around D.C. this past weekend:

A protestor, speaking through a megaphone to a crowd of hundreds of Trump supporters eagerly waiting to get through military security to enter the inauguration, repeated himself for hours saying, “Donald Trump bragged about committing sexual assault. Donald Trump bragged about committing violence against women. Donald Trump has no respect for the truth. Donald Trump has no respect for our troops. He fired the head of the National Guard who was protecting him today, because he could not handle a black person being in charge of security for the inauguration. Donald Trump is a bigot. Donald Trump is a sexist. Donald Trump is a racist. And it’s a sad day in America when a man who brags about committing sexual assault is in The White House. It’s a sad day in America when a man who brags about committing violent acts against women is in The White House.”

Protesters vandalized and set a limo on fire just blocks from President Donald Trump's inaugural parade route Friday afternoon. Several cars in the area of 12th and K streets had their windows blown out. 

A Trump supporter and protestor have a non-violent, constructive conversation about the differences in their fundamental beliefs and their perceptions of America going forward. This was one of the rare instances where both parties spoke intelligently, were respectful, and actively listened to each other.

One woman leads a massive group of ladies in a call-and-response song during the Women’s March in Washington. “Ain’t no use in lookin’ down, when the Women are around. Ain’t no use in lookin’ down, Donald Trump is just a clown. Hey, America, can you see? What the union does for me. Hey, World, can you hear? There is no fear… we ain’t goin’ nowhere… and we’re still here!”

Police spray protestors and bystanders with teargas after repeatedly being warned not to throw rocks and bricks, as well as light trashcans on fire and tear down city structures.

The United States Capitol on the morning of the inauguration.

Supporters and protestors who live completely different lives find common ground.

Increased security and human blockades of protestors shut down many of the entrances to the inauguration, which lead to very long, slow-moving lines.

The Refuse Fascism group was at the forefront of the protests leading up to the inauguration and throughout the weekend (they continue to protest across the country daily), drawing some very clear comparisons of Donald Trump to Hitler and the KKK.


Almost Here: 2 Days


The Inauguration is just around the corner and our team of filmmakers couldn't be more busy collecting interviews around the country, logging video submissions through the website, capturing footage at political events, and organizing our growing family of filmmakers and collaborators. We're excited to announce that it's easier than ever to submit a video to the project - you can now record one directly through our SUBMIT A VIDEO page. And remember: we’re accepting video submissions through Sunday, January 22nd. 

There are plenty more updates for the project, so let’s dive right in. 

Brand new Teaser Trailer is here!


Last week producer Baily Hopkins shared her experience with the project thus far with SF Station. “We’re just trying to answer a question a lot of people have on their minds right now and that’s, how do we try to listen again?” Read the full article here. KQED also posted and shared some exerpts from the interview director Maxwell Salvati had with The California Report. Read the full article here.


73 Days Later now has filmmakers from California, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Idaho, Washington D.C., Missouri, Washington, and Wisconsin. A huge shout out to Brandon Freeman for coordinating, conducting, and filming 2 days of interviews in Boise, Idaho for 73 Days Later, and to all the team members who are grabbing their cameras, starting conversations with strangers, interviewing community members, attending, filming local political events.

OPEN CALL: We are still looking to bring more filmmakers on board for this big Inauguration weekend. If you or someone you know would like to be involved—whether that's gathering on-the-street interviews, organizing or hosting interview shoots, or collecting footage and B-roll of political happenings, protests, and celebrations—we would love to hear from you! We are especially looking for filmmakers and cinematographers in Washington D.C. who might be capturing footage of these final days before the Inauguration, as well as any post-Inauguration reactions. Please contact Maxwell Salvati at 73DaysLater@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the team.


Our SF Team has been keeping busy with local political events. We were at Milo Yiannopoulos’s speaking engagement at UC Davis on Friday 1/13 when it got cancelled due to protests. We interviewed members of the Davis College Republicans, as well as protestors from all sides. On Monday, our crew hit the streets of Oakland to gather reactions from the attendees of the MLK March, and last night we joined up with members of the Bay Area Conservatives at their monthly happy hour. In the following days, we plan on having cinematographers and interviewers out at the following events:

Bay Area Events:

1/19 Going Away Party - Bye Obama! (Pending)
1/20 San Francisco Inauguration Day Trump Protest Facebook event
1/20 Bay Area Resist Trump / Marcha “Resistamos a Trump” Facebook event
1/21 Women’s March Oakland Facebook event
1/21 Women’s March SF Facebook event

Washington DC events

1/19 Thanks, Obama Facebook event
1/19 Not My Inauguration Music / Arts / Wellness Festival Facebook event
1/19 Presidential Inauguration Cocktails Facebook event
1/19 MAGA Ball - A YRNF Inaugural Eve Party Facebook event
1/20 The Inauguration
1/20 Not My President Facebook event
1/21 The Women’s March DC Facebook event


As mentioned above, it is now easier than ever to submit a video to 73 Days Later. We recently added an “instant record” feature to the SUBMIT A VIDEO page, so there’s no need to go through youtube or dropbox. Easy to follow directions are available on the website. We look forward to your submissions. 


The Final Countdown: 9 Days

Hello Readers!

With only 9 days to go until the inauguration, we’ve been hard at work gathering as much compelling and thought-provoking material as we can. Keeping that goal in mind, and in an effort to keep you both informed and engaged with the project regarding the different ways you can get involved, we want to share some of what’s happening, what’s been happening, and what we expect to happen during our final stretch of filming. We’ll be sure to update this section regularly over the coming days, so please check back for more exciting updates.

New Media Coverage

Director Maxwell Salvati was recently interviewed for KQED's The California Report, regarding our project and the different ways people can get involved. Please check it out here if you haven’t already. It's a great 5-minute segment to share with folks who might want to learn more about the project! 

73 Days Later is Expanding our Team of Filmmakers

We are so excited to share that we’ve recently added new filmmakers to our team from a number important locales across the country—including Los Angeles, Idaho, and South Carolina, among others—that will go a long way towards ensuring the quality and variety of the perspectives on display in our film. We’re also currently in talks with filmmakers in Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Utah, and hope to have more news regarding their participation in the coming days.

OPEN CALL: We are always looking to expand out filmmaking team! If you or someone you know would like to be involved—whether that's gathering on-the-street interviews, organizing or hosting interview shoots, or collecting footage and B-roll of political happenings, protests, and celebrations—we would love to hear from you! We’re very thankful for the level of support and collaboration we’ve witnessed so far in the course of this project, and have been blown away by the talent, vision, and ingenuity of those who have chosen to get involved. As we come to closer to the inauguration, we are still looking for talented and motivated filmmakers and cinematographers who want to participate. We are especially looking for filmmakers and cinematographers in Washington D.C. who might be capturing footage of these final days before the inauguration, as well as any post-inauguration reactions. Please contact our Producer, Baily Hopkins, at 73DaysLater@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the team.

Upcoming Film Shoots

Here at home base, we have a number of exciting shoots planned in the coming days, including outside Milo Yiannopoulos’s speaking engagement at UC Davis on January 13th, where we will be interviewing members of the Davis College Republicans, the MLK march in Oakland on January 16th, and a number of interviews with social, political, and mass movement leaders across the country. 

Video Submission Updates

On the technical side, we are now accepting video interview submissions via Dropbox in addition to Youtube, which will hopefully help to make uploading, sharing, and managing submissions more convenient and accessible. Please visit the SUBMIT A VIDEO page to find more about how to submit.

More Updates Soon!