FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

By: Monday September 8, 2014 4:59 pm

Congress is never going to reign itself in until there is a much more broad public understanding of the problem, and a much stronger desire to see change. And that will mean, at the very least, voting enough of the bums out that it scares the rest of them into action. People are still largely unwilling to do that, but as they learn more we can only hope they will be moved to take action.

So if you have friends, relatives, acquaintances, co-workers or simply no-nothing blowhards at the water cooler who need an education on the subject of money in politics, point them in the direction of Pay2Play. They will come away more informed, but perhaps more importantly, with the conviction that they can make a difference.

 

FDL Movie Night: The Genius of Marian

By: Monday September 1, 2014 4:59 pm

I remember when my mother was dying — or, more accurately, when I realized she was dying. My first thought was that it couldn’t be happening, because life without her wasn’t imaginable. I looked around to hit the STOP button somewhere, but there just wasn’t one. So I resigned myself to the awful fact that I was indeed going to lose her, and all I could think about was how I could fill the time I had left with her with things that were meaningful and express to her all she meant to me.

The Genius of Marian is ostensibly about filmmaker Banker White’s late grandmother, the painter Marian Steele, and his mother Pam’s desire to memorialize her work. But Marian’s art winds up playing a very small (though important) role in the film, which soon becomes a three year study of Pam’s own decline due to early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 61.

FDL Movie Night: Sharkando 2, The Second One

By: Monday August 11, 2014 4:58 pm

What’s next for Sharknado? Is it true that it will Sharknado in space? Does Daniel Radcliffe really want a role as shark bait? Find out in this discussion (maybe!) as we delve into the depths of Sharknado 2!

FDL Movie Night: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story

By: Monday August 4, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s documentary, 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story is a hard look at the juvenile “justice” system in America and prison rehabilitation. The United States is the only nation that condemns juveniles to life without chance of parole (LWOP). Kenneth’s case is especially disturbing: At 14 he was convinced by an older man, his mom’s drug dealer, to participate in a series of armed robberies.

FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

By: Monday July 7, 2014 4:59 pm

Beer! This miraculous beverage is actually more American than apple pie, and its history is linked inextricably with our country’s. Tonight’s guest, director Roger Sherman, a founder of Florentine Films with Ken Burns, brings us The American Brew a fine crafted, bubbly film with depth and flavor that explores our nation’s relationship with beer.

FDL Movie Night: In the Shadow

By: Monday June 9, 2014 4:59 pm

It’s not summer without a vacation or a horror movie–and In the Shadow, directed, co-written and co-produced by tonight’s guest Nicole Elmer, brings us a taut tale of psychological and supernatural horror set against a beautiful island backdrop. Add in  the additional layer of sex tourism, Puerto Rican politics, and colonial imperative, plus the bonus of  that rara avis, a female horror director–and well, In the Shadow is a perfect summer FDL movie.

This is not a traditional horror movie in the slasher/gore vein. It is deeper, more supernatural and psychological in nature, raising questions about the price we pay for the things we love the most. It is also shot in lush, vibrant, saturated colors contrasting the island’s beauty with the story’s dark subject matter.

FDL Movie Night: Before You Know It

By: Monday May 26, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s documentary is the perfect kickoff for Pride Month. Before You Know It is the story of three gay senior citizens, men in their late 60s and 70s, who lived through repression and are now seeing amazing changes in LGBT rights. Our guests tonight are producer Sara Giustini and director PJ Raval. While Before You Know It highlights three gay men, the underlying themes of aging and acceptance apply across the board.

FDL Movie Night Preview: Lisa Stock

By: Monday April 14, 2014 3:45 pm

Monday’s Movie Night guest, filmmaker Lisa Stock, will be discussing her short film HELL, watchable here. She also created an eight-part web series about Persephone, and her work focuses on myths and magical realism, taking the viewers into worlds that are saturated with color, lush, horrifying, surreal and at times challenging

FDL Movie Night: Preview to the Golden Globes

By: Monday January 6, 2014 4:59 pm

The Golden Globes are January 12 and we’ll be live blogging them beginning at 5pm Wesr Coast time, so it seems appropriate to look at the nominees. There are for me some cognitive dissonances: The Wolf of Wall Street (and American Hustle for that matter): comedy? One could then argue all of life is absurd, but…

JFK Assassination Anniversary Primer

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 3:20 pm

If you don’t think JFK was killed accidentally by a hapless Secret Service agent, by a Mossad agent hidden in the trunk of his open-top limo, or by heretofore underestimated quick-draw artists Jackie Kennedy or John Connally, you are back to square one—which requires you to square the facts we now know with the Warren Commission’s omissions and flaws.

And that’s where Lisa “La Figa” Derrick and I will begin on November 25th when we co-host a thought-provoking FDL Movie Night discussion with John Barbour, pioneering creator of the hit show Real People and director of an unyielding documentary on the assassination—The Garrison Tapes.

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