Sharknado, the ultimate shark-meets-Los-Angeles-meets-the-elements movie tore through the competition and social media last Thursday night on the SyFy Channel, delivering meaty ratings and a bloody good time. And tonight we have writer Thunder Levin, director Anthony C. Ferrante, and doesn’t-get-eaten-by-a-shark actor Robbie Rist, whose turn as the tormented school bus driver says so much about the state of public education in America today.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday July 14, 2013 6:40 pm|
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.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday May 20, 2013 4:59 pm|
During the past two and half years photographer/director Eric Minh Swenson has created over 200 short documentaries about Southern California artists, as well as assembling thousands of images which record art events–installations, openings, art walks, fairs–from Ventura to San Diego. His mini-documentaries are works of art in themselves, allowing the artists and their work to speak directly to the viewer.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday May 19, 2013 1:00 pm|
FDL Movie Night interviews director/photographer Eric Minh Swenson about his work chronicling art and artists in Southern California. Swenson has gained unprecedented access to artists, collectors, curators, gallerists, and art world denizens from San Diego to Ventura. His photos and interviews are revealing portraits of both the Southland and the artistic impulses–shaped by the area’s geography, climate, history, and cultures–that express themselves here. His growing body of work–over 200 short film about Southern California art to date, and thousands of photos– is unique, far ranging and in depth. The art scene in any city has yet to be documented this extensively.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday March 11, 2013 5:00 pm|
The Revolutionary Optimists takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Kolkata (Calcutta), India where lawyer-turned-activist Amlan Ganguly has created a multi-faceted program, Prayasam, which empowers children to improve their communities. With some families working in the brickfields carrying 1500 bricks a day to earn $1.45–and many of children facing the same (lack of) employment options–Amlan creates schools and afterschool clubs that empowers the children and give them the opportunity to dream and to make those dreams into a reality.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday November 19, 2012 5:00 pm|
In the short documentary From Silence to Recognition, father and son filmmakers David Hughes Duke and John Duke explore a painful part of the history of Emory University and its Jewish students: the consistent abuse of Jewish students in the University’s School of Dentistry which lead to a 65% flunk-out/withdrawal rate over the thirteen years that John E. Buhler was the Dean of that department.
|By: Kit OConnell Monday September 3, 2012 5:00 pm|
What does it mean to be Jewish today? What viewpoints and political outlooks are truly Jewish and who gets to decide?
This dilemma sets Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman’s 2011 film Between Two Worlds off on a wide-ranging journey through modern Jewish culture. This journey begins at the 2009 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the oldest and most popular festival of its kind.
|By: Elliott Monday June 11, 2012 2:15 pm|
Here’s a preview of our Monday Night Movie — Pink Ribbons, Inc. Join us tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET, hosted by Lisa Derrick.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday March 5, 2012 5:00 pm|
Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 -based on the trial transcripts of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the landmark case which pitted marriage equality against its conservative foes, is one of the most important works of modern theater. A federal appeals court refused to allow the release of the trial videotapes because the trial judge, Vaughn Walker, had promised the pro-Prop 8 defendants that the videos would only be used by the court. 8 shows the arguments that justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples, the testimony on marriage history from expert witnesses, and the arguments used to justify the ban on marriage equality.
|By: Teddy Partridge Monday March 5, 2012 2:00 pm|
We’re planning to combine’s tonight’s movie, featuring the terrific play, “8″ — about the Proposition 8 Trial and an all-star cast — with a welcome party for all our current, new and about-to-become members. So if you’ve been thinking about becoming a member of Firedoglake and haven’t signed up yet, this is a great time to do so.