http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/01/politics/tribeca-highlights-politics/

By Deena Zaru, CNN

CNN - The Tribeca Film Festival has long been political, but the election of President Donald Trump and the political divide in America directly inspired some of the festival's political selections this year, Tribeca's director of programming told CNN.

"(Trump) definitely was an influence for us this year," Cara Cusumano said. "The election happened in the middle of our programming process and we felt it was especially important that the program feels urgent and responsive."

The annual festival, which wrapped up Sunday, was founded by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, and real-estate financier Craig Hatkoff, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

While filmmakers did not have ample time to make films directly addressing 2016 politics, the festival's political offerings address social justice issues, such as police brutality, climate change, criminal justice reform and racism -- all issues that were significant during 2016.

Roger Stone attends the "Get Me Roger Stone" premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2017 in New York City.

"We programmed the festival this year the way the current administration did their budget," festival co-founder Rosenthal joked to CBS News. "That said, we're also about entertaining -- which this administration has also done for us."

The 12-day festival draws thousands of filmmakers, artists, activists, celebrities and film enthusiasts from around the world, and while it is not a partisan gathering, the films often spotlight progressive issues and attract a progressive audience.

While some might make the "assumption that our audience might be liberal-leaning," Cusumano said, it was important for festival organizers to present films that challenge those views, including "The Reagan Show," which relates Ronald Reagan's trajectory from Hollywood movie star to President of the United States and legendary Republican figure, and "Get Me Roger Stone," a Netflix documentary about the controversial Trump adviser.