There are times it is interesting to look back and see how views of the past reflect the reality of what happened and what’s going to happen moving forward. In my travels I have opportunity to interview different people and DML is one of them.
Dennis Michael Lynch (or DML as he prefers) is an American businessman, documentary film maker, and conservative political commentator. He often appears as a guest on Fox News, The Kelly File, and The Blaze.
He has captured America’s eye and focused it on such subjects as the growing immigration problem with successful films such as “THEY COME TO AMERICA” parts I, II, and III. He shows the increasingly liberal media and their take on the news with “WE RIDE TO DC,” and, with his upcoming “FIGHTING FOR AMERICA,” looks at our declining life in America and what we should do about it.
In his 2015 film, “POWER GRAB,” He spends time with Dick Morris and looks at Obama’s remaining time in office and his plans for a one-party political system.
This is a 2-part interview with DML’s responses that show his personal beliefs and motivations for producing the films and books he does. No racism, no rhetoric, just facts and reality as the camera and DML have seen them.
Part 1 –
Ron: Having witnessed 9/11 first hand, watching citizens jumping to their deaths, seeing the destruction, dust and debris, it must have been such a life changing impression that you enrolled in the New York Film Academy. You started with shorter, simpler, more commercially appealing films, but did you find the goal pretty quickly to start your pursuit of telling the important stories or did that take time to evolve during your studies?
DML: After living 9/11 and seeing my fellow Americans jump from 80 stories, and after seeing what 19 people could do to the most powerful country on Earth, I decided to make a change. I no longer desired to continue as a CEO and chase money, but instead chase my dream of making films. And during the making of my first film “King of the Hamptons’, which includes many Hollywood stars, I met a man who protests against illegal immigration each and every day. He does this because he lost his ability to earn a living because of the illegal aliens who undercut his prices (he’s a contractor). And so he protests on the corner of a 7-Eleven where dishonest contractors come to pick up the illegal aliens who stand there each morning looking for work. After speaking with the guy (Tom), I decided to make a film about illegal immigration and its impact on America.
It was the experience of touring the country and making They Come to America which opened my eyes. It enabled me to truly see how immigration has not only grown out of control, but how the media is ignoring the negative impact immigration is having on American workers, America’s culture, and our national security. I made that film in 2010 – 2011, and I’ve been locked in ever since. I’ve made three films about immigration and will make more, I am sure. It’s like the Roach Motel, once you get in you never get out. And I’m here to stay until the issue is addressed the way it needs to be.
Ron: Your first major film, “King of the Hamptons” was a success with the local film festival crowds who had the chance to view this non-released film. It was more personal, almost motivational questioning of people’s lives dealing with midlife crises, and seemingly very separated from the political energy of current projects. With your upcoming remake, will you add the political elements in today’s life’s decisions and its influence on our daily existence? Is the political environment today more intrusive, more restrictive, in allowing us “to be all we can be” than it was even in 2010?
DML: So many people have asked to see the film. But to release the original would add no value to the viewer today. I always have a need to add value — I want to put out a movie that makes people think, and then to act — I want my films to push people to move forward be it for themselves or for a cause. That said, I decided it would be far more valuable to do a remake of the film. In short, the remake will marry the best parts of the original film with new scenes that show where I am today and how I got here. My hope is the film will provide a gateway for people who find themselves stuck in a place of uncertainty. What does that mean?
So many people have dreams and ideas, they know they are destined to do something great — they know they want to use their talents and determination to scale higher and to be more, but for some reason they are scared to try. And so I think if people see where I was in 2008 (when I started making the film), to where I am now, they will get fired up about taking a chance on themselves even if they don’t know where they will land. As for politics, sure there will be political tones in the film but it’s only because I’ve become so engrossed in politics. But I won’t do what the left does — I won’t try to push my politics onto the viewer. That’s not my style — not in this film anyhow.
Ron: When you started your quest for immigration research and documentation, did you ever imagine the many stories of incidents like San Francisco’s Kate Steinle, or the Kansas City woman kidnapped at knife point, repeatedly raped and driven to New York by an illegal, the two Virginia girls killed by the illegal Alfredo Ramos driving drunk or our own Arizona police officer killed by an illegal drunk driver? Add to these the hundreds, no thousands of crimes committed by first time and returning illegals?
DML: I had NO IDEA about the amount of crime generated by illegal aliens. Most people have no idea how bad it is, unless of course you’re one of the victims, or a loved-one of a victim.
I receive gifts and letters in the mail each week, and some of them make me cry. Example. I had a veteran send me his medal from Vietnam and ask, “Please don’t stop doing what you do, my son was killed by an illegal alien.” I mean WOW, how do I not continue on with the next film?
Fact is, the cost of illegal immigration goes beyond a dollar figure. How do you put a price on a lost life, or a child raped? For example, in N. Carolina alone, last year more than 1,000 illegal aliens were arrested for more than 5,000 counts of rape of CHILDREN. To me, that’s terrorism. That’s our government allowing illegal aliens to come into this country and terrorize our children. I want it stopped!
Ron: Have you imagined any final, ultimate story to break or is that yet to be written by future events? Do you think we’ll find a positive outcome for America?
DML: As far as immigration goes, until a major public figure is killed by an illegal alien nothing will be done. That is unless we get a president who really cares about the American people and understands like I do the damage being doing to America, then, perhaps, it will be addressed. I say it is the number one issue in America, and I say that because I know it touches almost every issue we face, including education, welfare, jobs, national security, healthcare, etc.
As for the long term outlook for America as a whole, I hate to bet against the country I love, so I won’t. But if Hillary Clinton was elected, I may want to change my bet.
Ron: Immigration was the first main theme of your released films, then you moved to exposing the liberal media and then a more in depth look at Obama’s transformation of America earlier this year. Do you have a long term “pattern” or “route” in mind when picking your subjects or just taking things as they seem timely and important?
DML: The media film is called WE RIDE TO DC. And I didn’t plan on making it. About 8-months earlier I was asked by producers if I would provide an exclusive to The Kelly File. Meaning, I would appear only on Megyn’s show and to go out and shoot the sort of eye-opening video my films offer. I agreed to try it, and in doing so I was exposed to various events, and I captured so much on camera. I also got a real look at the media, and the bias that exists within it.
For example, The Kelly File was interested in me covering the government shutdown and the Memorials being closed. And so in WE RIDE TO DC the viewer is shown what really took place when the veterans protested by throwing the barricades down in front of the White House. The other media outlets like CNN and MSNBC where there covering the story with me, but they aired selective sound bites that made the veterans look like maniacs and racists. It was so far from the truth and I had the clips to prove it. That said, after 6 months of similar events and situations where I could show the media bias that powers the airwaves, I decided to use my footage to make a film. And so I made WE RIDE TO DC in a matter of weeks and funny enough, after its release is when people began asking me to run for president.
Moving forward, I see myself expanding into other issues. I’m getting ready to do a film about welfare, another about veterans, and a biggie in time for 2016, but I cannot share details about that one at the moment.
Ron: In 2007 I started my own research into this new player on the block – this Barack Obama, who, except for a previous speech at the Democratic convention in ’04, was virtually unknown. It was quickly apparent to me, a basically non-political person, that we were dealing with someone with long running associations such as the New party, the SDS, Socialists and Communists who would have an agenda not in keeping with our values and with possibly very destructive consequences. Have you had this same revelation and does it play a part in your writing and directing, or do you try to keep a more reserve, centered, “make your own decision” approach for the viewers?
DML: I recall the first time I heard Obama speak. He gave a speech at the DNC, and for some reason we were watching it on TV. I looked at my wife and said, “That guy will be president one day.” I said such not knowing who he was. I was simply reacting to his ability to deliver a speech. I did not vote for him, and so I never looked at his background because frankly, I wasn’t interested in politics at the time. But today, knowing what I know, and diving into the nuances of news and politics each and every day like I do, he is a terrible president and I cannot believe the man was reelected in 2012. It just shows how far downhill our country has gone, and how disconnected people are when it comes to knowing about what is taking place in America. It’s one reason why I am happy about Trump being in the race. His presence has reignited an interest in politics. And so maybe more people will pay attention to who they elect.
As for my films, I tell the story as I see it happen in front of me. I am conservative, but make no mistake, when it comes to the politicians, I am tougher on Republicans than I am on Democrats because I expect more.
Don’t miss Part 2 as we look at his new projects and thoughts of the elections of 2016.