The Sign, a documentary short film

"This is beautifully written and made me cry. It poignantly, sanely illustrates what has happened, what has been done, to working Americans. ... I will do everything I can to keep Trump out of the White House, but this is the best piece I have seen to demonstrate why some people feel that Trump will restore for them our lost America."

"Silverbeech" commenting in The Guardian on an excerpt from "The Sign"

Trailer for The Sign.

After their homemade "Trump 4 President" sign was run over twice, filmmaker James Lantz traveled to Virginia to interview his parents to understand their support for presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

The resulting effort was a fourteen minute documentary short film called The Sign. An essay Lantz was commissioned to write, was published in The Guardian and can be found here. 

Jim Lantz, Sr. in his idle plastics factory in Virginia.

Jim Lantz, Sr. in his idle plastics factory in Virginia.

The Sign won "Best Documentary Award" at the 2016 Boston Short Film Festival and was an official selection at the Vermont International Film Festival, the Virginia Film Festival, Skyline Indie Film Festival in Winchester Virginia, the White River Indie Film Festival in Vermont, and River's Edge Film Festival in Paducah, Kentucky.

Detail of an injection molding machine at Valley Industrial Plastics in Virginia.

Detail of an injection molding machine at Valley Industrial Plastics in Virginia.

My mom, JoAnn Lantz, in the Future Business Leaders of America.

My mom, JoAnn Lantz, in the Future Business Leaders of America.

A still from the documentary short, "The Sign"

A still from the documentary short, "The Sign"

My dad told me, "I don't want to talk about it." 

My dad told me, "I don't want to talk about it." 

An image from the documentary short, "The Sign" 

An image from the documentary short, "The Sign"