The films of Jodowrosky were playing at the Hollywood Theater recently and seriously impressed Sam. So much so he had to tell TJ and the world. The guys talk about surrealism and religion and TJ may have had an out-of-body experience. Apologies for the unedited nature of the episode!
Hey there, folks! Sam here with a couple odds ‘n’ ends.
First of all, I hope you enjoy today’s episode with Amarette Gregor. She is a delight. You can find her at the following:
And don’t forget last week’s episode, starring the one and only Ben Olsen. Catch up with him:
Ok, and what about Sam and TJ? Well, this weekend we will be diving in to the Portland 48 Hour Film Festival. Participants begin Friday evening with a prompt and have to turn in a finished film by the end of Sunday. You’ve probably heard about it, as it is a worldwide competition! It’s gonna be crazy, we’ll make sure to announce the finished product.
In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying an Alejandro Jodowrosky retrospective at the Hollywood Theater. This week they are playing “The Dance of Reality” and “Holy Mountain.” See them if you are into weird shit. I think I’ll have to tell people about it anyway, you could save yourself the trip. Or you should watch “Snowpiercer,” which is just a spot-on sci fi. Really, Hollywood Theater has just got it
Lastly – we are trying to build the podcast and collect resources to make it sound as good as possible. I personally enjoy having some ambient noise included in the recording because it makes it feel a little more natural. BUT, if you listeners out there have any feedback on the sound quality of what we do, please email us at inmediasrad@gmail. We’d love to know.
That’s it for now, chickens. Stay groovy.
One of our most thoughtful conversations yet! Sam and TJ are joined by Amarette Gregor,
aka Amy, an artist and craftsperson, who shares her insights on principles behind good media and art. And yes, those two overlap.
Sam and TJ swing by to chat with Ben Olsen: writer, producer, gentleman, scholar. Ben talks about his projects and working in the Portland film industry, and most importantly, encounters with Jeff Goldblum.
Welcome, listeners. The podcast begins along with the Netflix stream of said episode. Please begin both items at the same time. Pop corn is self-serve. Thank you, and enjoy.
As a broke person, I don’t get that many opportunities to see Broadway plays, or really any plays. I’m fairly certain that the only time I go to plays is when one of my parents takes me. That’s how it’s always been, and that’s how it still is, even though I’m technically a grown-ass man. However, it shouldn’t be that way; plays and musicals are, as Gandhi would say, “The tits.”
Monday, I had the privilege of seeing The Book of Mormon on the first night of its swing through Portland. And yup, the only reason I went is because my Ma paid for the tickets (Thanks Ma!). Oh, and also I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANTED TO GO.
My lady bought me the soundtrack to the musical as soon it was available in 2011, and I must have listened to it a couple dozen times. Still, it’s crazy how much the lighting, sets, costumes, and choreography add to the production. It’s almost as if seeing a live musical is better than listening to it on a CD. Huh.
The choreography deserves a special nod. The wholesome, gee-whiz dance moves of the Mormon missionaries contrast nicely with the faux-African, scatological dance moves of the Ugandans. There are so many gags hidden within the choreography. I was especially tickled by “Turn It Off,” in which the classic, over-the-top, Broadway chorus line moves clash with the lyrics to create an amusing stew of repressed homosexuality.
Yes, it’s true—The Book of Mormon is hilarious. It’s almost pointless to talk about how hilarious it is, but I will mention one of my favorite gags. Throughout the musical, ne’er-do-well Elder Cunningham constantly mispronounces the female lead’s name; instead of “Nabulungi,” he calls her “Neutrogena,” “Neosporin,” and, in a nod to the Portland crowd, “LaMarcus Aldridge.”
It’s especially amusing to step back and think of the audience’s participation in the musical. There’s something surreal about hearing nearly three thousand people cheer after a song in which the phrase “Fuck you God in the ass, mouth, and cunt” is repeated a few dozen times. When I sing it, I get kicked out of Applebee’s.
I’d like to take a moment to talk about the Mormons. The real Mormons. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought no fewer than three whole-page ads in the playbill with phrases like “You’ve seen the play . . . now read the book” and “The book is always better.” I must say, I’m pretty impressed with the Mormons’ savvy marketing strategy here. They also had a regiment of honest-to-goodness, white-shirt, black-tie Mormons in front of the Keller Auditorium after the play, handing out copies of The Book of Mormon. You know, the source material.
If you take anything from this media diary entry, take it as a recommendation of The Book of Mormon in particular and of theater in general. Or is it theatre? The music, the dancing, the lyrics, the lighting, the set design, the costumes, the stage action exploding into the audience; it’s all great. Even from the very back row of the second balcony—literally the furthest one can be from the stage. I think I enjoyed the theater-going experience at least as much as the play itself. There are many theaters in Portland that have plenty of charming, enjoyable productions at a much lower cost. So, freaking, I don’t know. Just go out and see a play. I ‘spect I will.
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New podcast schedule! From here on out, Sam and Teej are releasing an episode every week. Why? Cause there’s a lot we have to talk about,
chum. So we’ll start with a freakin’ gem of an interview with Portland hip hop group Bomb Ass Pussy. This was a great conversation to be a part of, so enjoy!
Short but sweet – here’s an episode where Sam and TJ try to pinpoint the reasons they like certain media and where people find meaning. Boils down to a lot of avoiding clichés, if you want the bottom line of it.
Hello, world. We’d like to present to you a short film exploring one of the central tenets
in pop culture – fandom. Produced by our own Sam Cole. Enjoy!