This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of my favorite David Lynch film, Wild at Heart. Released in 1990, Wild tells the tale of Sailor and Lula, a red-hot couple who are reunited when Sailor is released from prison. The pair take off on a cross-country road trip that turns into a journey that resembles The Wizard of Oz on mushrooms. The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival before becoming mired in controversy. The movie’s opening scene finds Sailor (Nicolas Cage) smashing the head of a would-be attacker hired by Lula’s (Laura Dern) mother against a marble stair step until his brains slurp out of the back of his head. Commentators claimed to be shocked by the scene — and they probably were — but the reaction against the film seemed to have more to do with the overall violence of the bizarre imagery and strange set scenes that make up this weird and wonderful tale.… Read the rest
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Disinformation’s Mobilize will be screening for free in Arlington, Virginia and Norwich, Vermont on January 30th. Special thanks to all of the non-profit sponsors who put together these events. More details and information about screenings can be found on the official Mobilize website.
Back in December, the San Francisco Public Library hosted a free screening of Mobilize. Above is a video of the Q&A with the filmmakers including: director Kevin Kunze, CABTA’s Ellie Marks, UC Berkeley’s Joel Moskowitz, and EHT’s Lloyd Morgan.
If you can’t make it to the Vermont or Virginia screenings, Mobilize is available as a download, stream (below video), or as a DVD. Visit the product page for more information.
From the Key West Arts Scene in the 70s to a prison in Morocco to a syndicated TV show in the 80s to the press room to the stand-up stage, Mack Dryden has seen alot and is a story worth hearing. This interview was conducted by Ron Placone as part of the Indie Bohemians Morning Show. A morning show, for people who hate morning shows.
What was supposed to be a quick segment turned into the entire hour when Ron sat down with comedian Mack Dryden. Mack Dryden was a freelance journalist, traveled around the world and ended up getting involved in a conflict in Morocco, is a trained blackbelt, got a nationally-syndicated television show with his comedy duo, Mack and Jamie (Comedy Break with Mack and Jamie), spent time in the Key West arts scene in the 70s, crossed paths with Hunter S Thompson, wrote for Bill Maher, you get the idea…
For most people in the rest of the United States, the words “Salt Lake City” conjures up images of towering, snow-capped mountains, and polite, clean living Mormons smiling at you while helping old ladies cross the street. When it comes to thoughts of partying, many people think Salt Lake City is a place where you can’t buy a drink at any price. It is the one large city in America, that does not bring up images, of violence or urban decay.
I picture gleaming buildings, smiling blonde people, and a shitload of churches. I definitely don’t picture drunks, drugs, and people throwing themselves in bonfires during drug fueled parties.
The vast majority of people in Salt Lake City are Mormons, and if there is one thing we know about mormons (other than that they believe some really bizarre shit) is that they don’t party at all. But even a city full of Mormons can’t keep down the party forever.… Read the rest
Un-Redacted: Activist comedian Lee Camp and his news show, Redacted Tonight use comedy to uncover the truth by covering all the stories you won’t see in either comedy or on the news.
How do you make School of the Americas, climate change, the military and prison industrial complexes, corporate personhood and income inequality funny? And perhaps more importantly, why should they be made funny?
Lee Camp, activist comedian and ‘intrepid newshound’ host of the news comedy show, Redacted Tonight, explains.
“A lot of these issues I try to tackle are simply too depressing when tackled straight on. People avoid them or look the other way,” he says.
“But with comedy, people will listen longer, they’ll forward it to friends, they’ll not feel completely defeated by everything we’re facing. Even people that disagree with me are willing to watch a comedy show.”
Art killing apathy, as it were; engagement through entertainment.… Read the rest
Ron gets to catch up with W. Kamau Bell. Bell will be in Nashville on January 10 at the Exit/In. Show starts at 6pm. From his website: Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell has emerged as the post-modern voice of comedy. Kamau was recently named an Ambassador of Racial Justice by the ACLU. And he sits on the advisory board of Race Forward, a racial justice think tank and home for media and activism, and Hollaback, a non-profit and movement to end street harassment. Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” In this interview Bell and Ron talk race relations and law enforcement, the television industry and why Bell turned down an opportunity to appear on Geraldo.… Read the rest
Interview with David Lowery of Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven regarding balancing the two bands, songwriting, and his recent position regarding online streaming services and the rates paid to songwriters. This interview is conducted by Ron Placone and aired on the Indie Bohemians Morning Show. A morning show, for people who hate morning shows.
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There’s nothing worse than arguing with someone who simply refuses to listen to reason. You can throw all the facts at them you want, and they’ll simply dig in their heels deeper.
Over the past decade, psychologists have been studying why so many people do this. As it turns out, our brains have glitches that can make it difficult to remember that wrong facts are wrong. And trying to debunk misinformation can often backfire and entrench that misinformation stronger. The problem is even worse for emotionally charged political topics — like vaccines and global warming.
So how can you actually change someone’s mind? I spoke to Stephan Lewandowsky, a psychologist at the University of Bristol and co-author of The Debunking Handbook, to find out:
Susannah Locke: There’s evidence that when people stick with wrong facts, it isn’t just stubbornness — but actually some sort of brain glitch.