Jacques Boyreau, curator of the Eco-Sicko Series at the Northwest Film Center, talks about the series that features four dark, poetic and prophetic movies in sync with the escalating breakdown of our world. The films are Paris, Texas; Videodrome; Zabriskie Point; and Ace in the Hole. The series starts with a free Eco-Sicko Party at the Mission Theater Pub on Thursday, December 4th, at 7PM and continues at the Film Center through Sunday, the 7th.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews David Shields, author of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a meditation on life, living and contemplating death. David Shields is the author of eight books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the Governor's Writers Award.
Words & Pictures travels north to Bellingham, Washington, to visit Canadian comics and animation wizard Michel Gagne, whose work runs the gamut from the abstract jazz-inspired film Sensology to concept design for Disney and Pixar.
Gagne's bewildering take on the Dark Knight for DC Comics (Batman: Spore) infuriated traditional superhero fans, and his recently unveiled project Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet breaks the mold for computer-based gaming. Recorded with the kind assistance of KUGS-FM Western Washington University.
Hear part two of Dmae Robert's latest documentary, Coming Home: The Return of the Alutiiq Masks. In Part One we learned about about the Alutiiq peoples of Kodiak Island Alaska and the decimation of their culture and people through colonization by Russian fur traders, missionaries and American settlers. Part Two details the international exchange that brought the masks that were taken away 136 years ago back to Kodiak.
The guest is Canadian animator Michel Gagne'. His work runs the gamut from the abstract jazz-inspired film Sensology to concept design for Disney and Pixar. His recently unveiled project Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet breaks the mold for computer-based gaming.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program has discussions of the collapsing economy, the politics of humor and irony in popular entertainment, and the situation in Afghanistan. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, follow the links below.
This show also featured songs with words by Woody Guthrie, set to music by Billy Bragg. Unfortunately copyright limitations require us to limit the length of the clips available on the web. The album is Mermaid Avenue.
Humor and irony can be ways of deflating those who oppress us--but they can also promote stereotypes and immunize us from passions for serious causes. Jan Haaken and Bob Samuels discuss the complex issues posed by the popularity of The Daily Show, Stephen Colbert, and the movie Religulous. Samuels is the author of Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance.