There’s something about holidays that TV just can’t resist. And well, neither can we, because these shows are just so awesome each for their own reasons. So here’s a preview of what we’ll be discussing tonight on FDL Movie Night at 5pm
Graffiti and street art are exploding around the world, and in Bomb It 2, director Jon Reiss takes us to previous unexplored urban areas: Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago, Austin and the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank. Reiss shot Bomb It 2 himself using a ultra compact camera and sound package, crawling through sewers and nest of red ants, scaling abandoned buildings to interview artists and capture them at work.
Bomb It 2 features artists from Singaopore–where graffiti is punishable by caning–Austrailia, Hong Kong, Denmark, Thailand, Israel and Palstinian refugee camps, all of whom are fueled by a desire to create and leave their mark, to make people think
Graffiti is an art form that can exist for years in one place, or only days. This uncertainty, the impermanence, how does this impact the artists?
I think it is one of the aspects of the art form that excites them, the transitory/ephemeral nature. Sure they want their pieces to be up as long as possible – so they are always looking for places where pieces will live longer – generally avoiding pristine downtown/business districts that will be buffed immediately. But none are fools as to what the world is that they are operating in. They are taking space – and anyone else can take the space from them – if they have the skills.
The urges to create and make one’s mark in/on the world, to also beautify/alter the urban environment, to communicate with others through images are as old as mankind, and certainly seen in street art. Are there efforts in the cities you profile to provide walls for street artists? Or would that take away, for some, the thrill/artistic impulse?
No – not really re providing space. I think in these cities – if anything there is more apathy towards street art from the local authorities – such as in Tel Aviv, Bethlehem, Bangkok, Hong Kong (not so in Singapore). In much of the developing world there are bigger issues to deal with. In Melbourne – there is a tolerance and even appreciation for it – from the local authorities, but that often changes and can change with any government on a dime.
Tonight’s movie,Families are Forever follows a typical California Mormon family as they discover their oldest son, 13-year old Jordan, is gay. Determined to not loose their son but wanting to let him be himself, while still staying true to their faith, Wendy Montgomery turns first to LDS literature which she finds archaic and inapplicable to Jordan. As Jordan grows more and more withdrawn, quietly contemplating suicide, Wendy searches through medical and psychological literature and discovers the Family Acceptance Project which helps diverse families understand how to support their LGBT children, as well as training health and mental health providers to understand the critical role of families in supporting their LGBT children.
The Family Acceptance Project’s research shows for the first time how these family accepting and rejecting behaviors affect an LGBT young person’s health and mental health, including risk for suicide, substance abuse, HIV, self-esteem, etc.. These attitudes and behaviors also affect the whole family.
Tonight’s guests, Families are Forever director Vivian Kleiman and Caitlin Ryan from Family Acceptance Project will be discussing both Jordan’s story and the Family Acceptance Project on the front page of Firedoglake.com at 5pm West Coast time. To participate, please register beforehand (button on left side at top of page–registration is free) and log in. See you tere!
Sharknado, the SyFy Channel’s hit movie is the subject of this Monday’s Movie Night at 5pm West Coast Time. 8pm East Coast Time. We have screenwriter Thunder Levin, director Anthony C. Ferrante, and actor Robbie Rist (who doesn’t get killed by a shark!) as our guests.
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Special effects genius Ray Harryhausen changed the way we make and watch movies. His split screen technology married stop action animation with live actors–remember Jason and the Argonauts? The 7th Voyage of Sinbad? The original Clash of the Titans? Tonight at 5pm west coast time on the frontpage of Firedoglake.com, we’ll be discussing his many movies. Curious about Harryhausen and his creatures? Check out this documentary:
Tomorrow, Monday May 13th, FDL Movie Night presents the 2012 Peabody Award winning film My Neighbourhood, the story of Mohammed El Kurd, a teenage Palestinian boy growing up in the in the heart of East Jerusalem. The 25-minute film shows the surprising turn of events when Mohammed’s family is forced to give up a part of their home to Israeli settlers.
Our guest is do-director Julia Bacha, and My Neighbourhood is the latest short film from Just Vision. Just Vision uses film and media to promote the efforts of Israelis and Palestinians to peacefully resolve conflicts posed by occupation and resettlement.
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A pipeline carrying heavy Canadian crude oil ruptured near Mayflower, Arkansas, spilling more than 10,000 barrels. So far clean-up crews had recovered less than half, approximately 4,500 barrels of oil and water. The leak was discovered on Friday, reports Reuters.
The Pegasus Pipeline which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, has been shut down. According to Reuters:
A company spokesman confirmed the line was carrying Canadian Wabasca Heavy crude. That grade is a heavy bitumen crude diluted with lighter liquids to allow it to flow through pipelines, according to the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), which referred to Wabasca as “oil sands” in a report.
This is Exxon’s second spill in a week, highlighting the utter stupidity and horrendous environmental danger of the Keystone XL pipeline project currently under consideration by U.S. State Department. This leakage occurred under a housing subdivision, it has not yet reached the nearby Lake Conway. The earlier spilled happened Wednesday, a train carrying Canadian crude derailed in Minnesota, spilling 15,000 gallons of oil.
According to Tod Hunter, via Twitter, Exxon is trying to stop photos like this one from being seen.
At an Easter brunch I attended, the Good Friday spill was a major topic of conversation, and one of the guests brought up that members of the First Nations of Canada, including tribes from British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Alberta had walked down to join Native Americans and an
unusual coalition of environmentalists, property rights advocates and ranchers.
Specifically, as tribal, First Nation, indigenous communities, we need to ban together to ensure we do hold the State Department and President Obama accountable to making the right decision by denying the permit to build the KXL and by shutting down the southern leg from Oklahoma to Texas.
Their message was consistent: The federal government has done a poor job of consulting with tribes about the possible health and cultural impacts of the pipeline if it were allowed to carry oil through their homelands. Many of them fervently believe that such development could adversely affect health, have cultural ramifications and destroy sacred sites.
Star Trek is awesome. I remember the first episode I ever saw–I must have been about 7, and my mom always sent me to bed before it came on, but that night she fell asleep on the couch and I got to watch as a pointy eared guy and his captain somehow ended up on modern day Earth trying to catch a mad scientist and his lady friend who would turn into a black cat. A few years later, the entire series was in reruns, and every night at 6pm, before I Love Lucy, there would be an hour of aliens, be it children who developed weird blue spots as they turned into “grups,” Greek gods forsaken by their worshipers, android women chanting
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amazing costumes, epic fisticuffs, and of course tribbles. Reading the book, The Trouble with Tribbles, by tonight’s Movie Night guest, David Gerrold gave me, at whatever age I was when it was published, a background into television production and excited me beyond measure about writing as a career. Gerrold wrote the script for The Trouble with Tribbles on spec; it was produced and became one of the most popular episodes ever. And Star Trek, through eleven films, four lives series (weirdly, my ex-husband has appeared on all four, and is a Star Trek trading card!), an animated series, and ongoing conventions around the world (as well as web series Star Trek Phase 2, for which Gerrold penned a two-part episode) has shaped our world by boldly going where no man has gone before.
Please join us Monday, March 25 form 5pm-6:30pm west coast time on the front page of firedoglake.com to talk Trek and sci-fi with one of the greats, David Gerrold.
(FYI: All of the Star Trek series are free this month on Hulu!)
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Side note: I don’t mind the IRS making a training video based on Star Trek. WHat I mind is that it sucks.
On Saturday, February 10 2008, I had a life changing experience. My friend Maria called me up and said, “Check out this website WhyWeProtest.com, then I’m coming over and we’re walking to the protest.” Uh okay. Little did I realize that just two weeks earlier in my living room, my housemate, journalist Mark Ebner had dullah’ed the nascent Chanology movement, the first real life appearance of “the internet hate machine” aka Anonymous, by flowing the now infamous Tom Cruise Scientology video to Gawker. I thought he was just chasing some story as he babbled into his cell phone, banging away at the computer. But what he actually did was launch Anonymous into the public eye. And the protest Maria dragged me to was the two-headed baby that Mark helped shoot out of the womb of the internet. Or some other equally tortured metaphor.
I spent nearly nine months protesting with Anonymous. I threw myself into it, especially after I ran into people I’d known in earlier phases of my life behind the masks. I was shoved, followed and chased by those we protested and their private goon squads; encouraged, supported (and berated for my hideous typing skills in IRC) by a core group of Anons. We marched in parades and changed a Los Angeles City street closure code through legal means, and generally had fun, goofing late into the night making jokes in chat rooms. By September 2008, my time in Anon/Project Chanology felt complete, and I stopped visiting our IRC, though I stayed in touch with a few of people I’d gotten to know in real life. When one of the main Anons in Los Angeles, and a foundational 4Channer, known as ODB or The Captain, who I knew from the record industry as Sean Carasov died, Anons formed an honor guard at his memorial.
But of course I paid attention to what Anonymous was up to via the news: Wikileaks, Tunisia, OpPayback, OpBART. I flew up to San Francisco to cover OpBART for FDL where I saw some of Monday’ s movie We Are Legion being filmed and got handfuls of fliers for Occupy Wall Street.
We Are Legion is an in-depth look at Anonymous, tracing its history back to the early hacking culture, through 4Chan, Chanology, through Wikileaks/OpPayback, Tunisia, LulzSec, betrayals, backstabbings, FBI raids, and prison sentences, and their support of Occupy.
Please join us and We Are Legion‘s director/writer/producer Brian Knappenberger Monday at 8pm ET (5pm PT) on the front page of Firedoglake.com. To ask questions/comment you must be logged in (you can register–it’s free!–using the button up top).
We are honored to have Codebreaker as our FDL Movie Night discussion. Nominated for the 2013 GLAAD Media Award for Best Documentary, Codebreaker is the story of British mathematical genius Alan Turing whose vision shaped the world we now live in, and who was prosecuted and persecuted by the British courts for his sexuality under the same statutes as Oscar Wilde decades earlier.
Turing–whose work during World War II at Bletchley Park, the National Codes and Cipher Centre, had broken the German’s Enigma codes and turned the tide of the war in the Allies favor–was forced to choose between a year in prison or an experimental treatment to “fix” his sexual orientation after police, during the course of burglary investigation, discovered Turing was gay.
Turing’s 1936 paper, “On Computable Numbers,” introduced to the world the idea of computers, and became the cornerstone for our digital world. Fourteen years later, he published “Computing Machinery and Intelligence,” a cornerstone paper in the field of artificial intelligence. In 1952, Turing was arrested, plead guilty to the crime of “gross indecency with a male” to minimize the harm to his career.
Rather than go to prison, Turing endured the hormones which drove him to despair and grief and turned his once, fit and trim body bloated and fat. After his conviction, he was stripped of his security clearances, and banned from his offices at Bletchley Park. He committed suicide on June 7th, 1954, a week after his 41st birthday by taking a bite out of a cyanide laden apple.
Please join us Monday night at 5pm West Coast time on the front page of Firedoglake.com to discuss Codebreaker, Turing’s legacy, his life, and death with Codebreaker executive producer Patrick Sammon.
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