A Letter to Hollywood

Sherry McGuinn
3 min readFeb 23, 2021

Looking to unify a nation

Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” Free-Images.Com

Note: This story was written by my husband, Jack McGuinn, who is not a regular writer, here. As a screenwriter, I believe it is a timely and uplifting message and wanted to feature it on my home page.

Hello from the Heartland. I am writing to share an idea with you. While it’s probably hopelessly naïve, I firmly believe it has merit.

It doesn’t require a political scientist or man or woman of the cloth to understand that our country has become seemingly hopelessly divided at this time. Whether it be in a blue or red state, it is difficult to reach a consensus on what day of the week it might be. Despite President Joe Biden’s sincere call for unity among us, realistic — or at least cynical — people, and certainly Congress are not buying it. Bottom line, we can’t seem to come together on anything of importance.

What can possibly be done to change this equation? Short of invasion by a foreign power or men from Mars, it would appear, nothing.

But there is one thing that exists that has a unifying power that has survived for well over100 years, i.e. — The Movies. Leaving aside the propaganda films of, for example, Nazi Germany, who can deny that movies — if only for an hour or two — have the power to unify an audience in their appreciation of what they are witnessing? And yes, to…



Sherry McGuinn

Long-time writer and big-time dreamer. Screenwriter. Cat mama. Red lip aficionado. sherrymcguinn@gmail.com