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Cole Gerst

Cole Gerst is an animator whose quirky environmental cartoon, YUNG YETI, won Sundance Channel’s Greenimation contest. To learn more about Cole Gerst and see his artwork, check out SUNDANCE CHANNEL’S Spotlight [www.sundance.tv].

1. What’s your favorite political movie?

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

2. What role do you feel art plays in politics?

It allows artists a way to express their beliefs in their own way, be it music, film, painting, literature, photography, sculpture, street art. It also helps us reflect and study political history. It may help us understand a certain political climate better. Sometimes art can teach others that there are other political views other than what is being shoved down your throat. It can be an escape for many artists under an otherwise controlling government.

3. What do you think is the biggest issue for the next generation of Americans?

The environment and energy independence

4. Who was the first political candidate you were excited to vote for and why?

I’m never really that excited to vote for anyone. It always seems that I am voting for the lesser of two evils.

5. What factors are important to you in choosing a president?

I vote for people that have similar beliefs and that I think actually give a damn

6. What issues would you like to see politicians focus more on?

Their corruptness

7. Which issues would you like to see politicians focus less on?

Each other

8. Which candidate’s initiatives do you feel better address environmental concerns?

Barack Obama’s are more realistic. John McCain wants to make it a contest and give out a prize for technology that already exists.

9. Do you have any recommended links, books or movies so people can learn more about the issues you care about?

Architecture for Humanity [www.architectureforhumanity.org]
TreeHugger [treehugger.com]

Extra Credit: Fill in the blank. _________ for change.

SMILE for a change.