— Ryan S Jeffery

The Triumphs and the Frauds


The Triumphs and the Frauds | 7 minutes | 2017 | Ryan S Jeffery & Travis Diehl

Consisting only of footage from the C-SPAN “News Media Stakeout” in the Trump Tower lobby on December 14th 2016, The Triumphs & The Frauds depicts the inner monologue of a camera operator frustrated by the search for a subject in the 45th American President’s disorienting transition to power. The film’s title derives from a passage in Orson Welles’s last feature, F for Fake, quoted in this film, where Welles muses on authorship, ego and the fleeting fate of the individual name. The Triumphs & the Frauds enters the drudgery that makes possible the 24-hour political spectacle: the labor of infotainment, where boredom deepens into delirium.