Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Belittling race and culture for convenience



How have we gone from recognizing that cultures arose from indigenous populations to viewing race and culture as a kind of brand, a label like "Dutch Baked" or "Home Style," in which we can say "Skin Color: Hispanic"?

We supersimplify everything we touch to make it easy to digest, easy to market and easy to vote for, and then we wonder why we cannot connect a consequence with its source.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Cute

Outside the window: a squirrel staring in at me. Big eyes; we think he's cute because he is so obvious and exaggerated to us, we can empathize. And then we feel the world empathizes with us in turn. Except: it is empty and mechanical, yet beautiful. Paradox deconstructs the deconstructive mind.

"Until the Light Takes Us" new dates

As a metal listener, I have been trying to get people to pay attention to why I listen to metal -- for most of my adult life. They focus on it being loud, "angry" and possibly antisocial, but never accept that it might have a reason for being that way and I might have a reason for liking it.

Until the Light Takes Us looks into why people make metal, and crosses political and genre lines to show how large corporations, fast food restaurants, religions and socially popular ideas are all the same type of thing, and metalheads have reason to reject it.

By looking into early 1990s black metal, this film explores the thoughts all of us have but are afraid to admit we do. Metal is only the lens, but the topic is a very human one: how do we both get along socially and stay true to ourselves?



See the film at these locations:

AUSTIN, TX
November 21-26 at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
http://www.originalalamo.com/Show.aspx?id=6922

CHICAGO, IL
Starts January 8 at Siskel Film Center
http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/

DENVER, CO
Starts January 29 at Starz Film Center
http://www.denverfilm.org/filmcenter/

DETROIT, MI
November 27 at Burton Theatre
http://www.burtontheatre.com/

GRAND RAPIDS, MI
Starts December 4th at UICA
http://www.uica.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewpage&pageid=612

HOUSTON, TX
Starts December 10 at Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks
http://www.drafthouse.com/westoaks/

LOS ANGELES, CA
Starts December 11 at Laemmle's Sunset 5
http://www.laemmle.com/index.php

NEW ORLEANS, LA
November 24-30 at Zeitgest Art Center
http://zeitgeisttheater.wordpress.com/

NEW YORK, NY
Starts December 4th at Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, between University and 5th)
http://www.cinemavillage.com/chc/cv/

PROVIDENCE
Starts December 4th at Cable Car Cinema
http://www.cablecarcinema.com/

Don't see your local theater or city on here?  Call your local alternative theater and request that they show UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US. Be polite, be friendly, and let them know that there's a big audience in the community. You'd be surprised how well it works!

* Until the Light Takes Us
* Last.fm
* MySpace
* YouTube (official trailer)
* IMDB: Until the Light Takes Us