This episode is Part 1 of our discussion with filmmakers Matt Zodrow and Tracy MacDonald. Part 2 has not been scheduled as of yet, but it will be. There were simply too many questions and not enough time to fit all of our questions into one show. Zodrow and MacDonald are the producer/director team behind Whitelandia, a documentary that examines the state sanctioned racial discrimination that prevented Black Americans from living in the state of Oregon from its inception and how those policies are inextricably connected to what Oregon has become in the 21st Century.
Zodrow and MacDonald know why they’re making the film; after a successful run producing documentaries for PBS in Florida (including three Emmy wins), they returned to NE Portland and didn’t like what they found… a neighborhood that had been gentrified and a black community dwindling in number and diminished in voice. Their search for answers as to why became the basis of the film. But getting that message across has had its challenges to say the least. The criticism of Whitelandia’s production has been voluminous and it’s been personal: from skepticism as to the motives of two white filmmakers tackling this subject, to the claims of one of Portland’s leading black scholars that the producers used her work as the backbone of the film without giving her credit or asking her for permission.
Still and all, Zodrow and MacDonald are committed to completing Whitelandia in 2015 and we talked to them about why this story is important to them, the difference between white guilt and self-reflection and how they’ve handled the scrutiny of their production as a couple.
We also talked with Devin Williams, a NE Portland native, about how he himself went from being a skeptic to becoming an associate producer on the film.
But we need to talk more.
At its heart, comedy is all about sharing and the Portland comedy community is lucky to have among its ranks Kristine Levine and Crystal Kordowoski, two delightfully dirty comedians who have no problem whatsoever sharing who they are and what they think with audiences.
We were lucky to enough to have Kristine and Crystal join us to share how they each overcame their difficult childhoods and self-doubt to pursue stand-up, how they feel about the feminist movement in comedy and what effect motherhood has had on their lives and careers.
Kristine also tells us how a moment of inspiration prompted her to take a self-portrait (of sorts) and share it with her boyfriend, Crystal and the world.
Program note: this episode is not suitable for playing at work, church youth groups, bar/bat mitzvahs. christenings or Thanksgiving dinners. On second thought, what the hell… have at it.
A little obsession is not only good for the soul, it could be great for your career. Just ask Dan Halsted, who parlayed a love for 70s exploitation and Kung Fu films into a prime gig with one of Portland’s most beloved entertainment venues.
Dan is the head film programmer at the Hollywood Theatre, Portland’s popular, independent art house movie theater. The Hollywood is not only known for its retrospective film series such as Grindhouse Film Festival and the Kung Fu Theater (curated personally by Dan), as well as Hecklevision, Brew Masterpiece Theatre, but for its selection of first-run films ranging from Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
Dan joined us to talk about what he has in common with Quentin Tarantino, the subtle differences between film and digital projection and how a little detective work led him to discover a treasure trove of films thought to be lost forever.
Dan also shared with us what occurred during an unexpected encounter with Portland Police that would change his life.
At the Hollywood Theatre Saturday, Nov. 15th at 7pm is Movies in Black & White’s screening of Rocky III, with a Q&A session featuring guest panelists writer David Walker and comedian Anthony Lopez. You can get advanced tickets here.
If what you’re currently reading isn’t fun, chances are it probably wasn’t written by Shawn Aldridge. Fun comics are what Shawn is all about, particularly his creator-owned series, Vic Boone, which is an incredibly satisfying genre-blend of noir, sci-fi, and 50’s monster movie sensibilities. Vic Boone has been an IGN Editor’s Choice and Best of 2011 selection, as well as a Stumptown Comicfest’s Reader’s Choice award-winner. He’s also written such titles as GoGetters, Fubar, and worked as a colorist and letterer on such books as the comic adaptation of the film I, Frankenstein.
Shawn joined us to talk about how coverless comics found in the trash became his treasure, how he learned the value of the hustle, what influence Benny Hill, the Marx Brothers and Monty Python have had on his work and what troubles him about phones.
Shawn also shared with us his thoughts on what digital distribution might mean to him and the future of comics.
And once again, our research dept. demostrates why they won’t be receiving any Christmas bonuses this year or any year.
For more on Shawn and his work, check out his blog, his tumblr page and pick up Vic Boone on Amazon or GoGetters and his other books on Comixology. You can also follow Shawn on Twitter @shawnaldridge.
Fate, destiny, a blessing in disguise… call it what you will, but when radio producers/personalities Greg Nibler and Sarah X. Dylan were fired from their terrestrial radio gig five years ago, it may have been the best thing that ever happened to them. Because merely days later they created Funemployment Radio, a podcast driven by their charm, wit and wry perspective on the wacky world around them. Funemployment Radio has become a key stop on the Portland promotional circuit and they’ve interviewed such popular entertainers as Adam Carolla, Tracy Morgan, Meat Loaf, Marc Maron, Tom Green, Maria Bamford as well as members of The State, Kids In The Hall, Broken Lizard and Jackass, among many others.
Along the way, Greg and Sarah have expanded their operations into a network of several other podcasts and have cultivated a loyal listenership with whom they’ll be celebrating at their 5th year anniversary party being held Friday, Nov. 14th at the Bossanova Ballroom (for which advanced tickets are available here).
The hosts of Funemployment Radio joined Jason and guest host Aaron Duran of Geek in the City to reflect on their first five years of podcasting, their most memorable moments, some not-so-memorable ones, entrepreneurship and the future of radio.
Greg and Sarah also shared how their inability to rest on their laurels motivates them to pursue other creative endeavors such as music, acting and dog portraiture.
If you’re not already a listener, catch Funemployment Radio streaming live on their website Monday – Friday, from 12:30pm – 2pm, as well as on iTunes and many other podcasting platforms.
“Dibs to the Nibs!”
Our guests in this episode certainly know how to make an impression… after all, they do it everyday. Lame statements like that abound in this episode, but tattoo artists Joseph Bergin III, Skot Olsen & Karla Yvette didn’t seem to mind, bless their hearts. We were lucky enough to speak with Joseph, Skot and Karla about how they first discovered tattoo art, the trial and errors that occurred during their first experiences working on clients, how tattoo culture has changed in the 21st Century and how tattooing has changed the way they approach the art they create in other media.
Also we talk with Skot and Karla about what support they provide each other as a couple to keep their respective skills sharp.
In addition to his tattoo work, Joseph is a talented caricaturist, graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist whose clients include Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics and IDW.
Program note: contrary to what’s stated in this episode, Joseph didn’t try to open his own tattoo school, he was raising funds to go to tattoo school. Our research dept. was heavily fined for the error.
You can see Joseph in action at Albatross Tattoo (1125 SE Division, Suite 103 in Portland) and check out his tumblr at sayunclecomics.tumblr.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @sayunclecomics and @albatrossinkpdx.
You can make an appointment with Skot or Karla at Adorn East (2535 SE Belmont St. in Portland) and visit their individual websites: skotolsen.com and karlayvette.com. You can also follow Adorn East on Twitter @adornbodyart.
And she hasn’t stopped yet. Jemiah Jefferson is the author of a series of novels sometimes known as the “Vampire Quartet”: Voice of the Blood (the first draft of which was written in 24 hours), Wounds, Fiend, and A Drop of Scarlet. She is also the author of St*rf*ck*ng, a collection of short erotic stories about celebrity obsession, and Mixtape for the Apocalypse, a novel about music, slackerdom and end of the world paranoia. In addition, she has also written for Willamette Week, Just Out, Plazm, 2Grlz Quarterly, and Popshifter.com and she currently works in the editorial department at Dark Horse Comics.
Jemiah joined us to talk about her childhood growing up a “mutant” in Denver, how she discovered reading and writing erotica at an early age and how Nick Cave, Bonnie & Clyde and Apocalypse Now have influenced her work.
We also talked with Jemiah about what inspired to her write about vampires, sex and consequences and why she could care less about “vampire rules”.
Behind every sexual experience, there’s a story. If you’re brave enough to share your story with others, or maybe if you just like to listen, The Mystery Box Show just might be for you. The Mystery Box Show is a live, bi-monthly, sex-themed storytelling series that features real people sharing true personal stories about sex and sexuality.
Mystery Box Show founder Eric Scheur and producer Reba Sparrow joined us to talk about how the show came to be, how they help performers shape their experiences into engaging stories and what they think compels people to tell their stories of first times, masturbation, BDSM, incest, Real Girls, threesomes and vomit.
Eric and Reba also share their different ideas about what role music plays in the bedroom.
Guest co-host Raishawn Wickwire of the Black by Popular Demand podcast fills in once again for Jason, who hasn’t had nearly enough sex to make a meaningful contribution to the conversation.
The next Mystery Box Show event is this Saturday, October 11 at 7pm at Mississippi Studios. For more information about the show and to get advance tickets, check out their website. You can also follow them on Twitter @mysteryboxpdx.
This episode is delivered to you once again from the It Seemed Like a Good Idea At the Time Dept. We knew we wanted to have three of our favorite Portland comedians (Nariko Ott, Adam Pasi and Anthony Lopez) back on the show, but we also knew we’d have no way of controlling them. So, we decided to steal Anthony’s idea of turning on the mics and just letting them talk with little to no input from us.
What followed was a dissection of numerous topics including ebola, the Power Team, Ke$ha, AMSR, Doomsday Preppers, Jurassic Park, Walter Matthau, DC Talk, SWATing and, of course, Jason’s style choices.
Also, things get a bit real for a second when the Bit Police arrive on the scene.
You can see Anthony this weekend performing at Helium Comedy Club with Hari Kondabolu. Also, Anthony will be performing at the season premiere of Late Night Action Monday, Sept. 29th at Mississippi Studios. Follow Anthony on Twitter @anthonylopezpt2.
Adam co-hosts the Funny Humans vs. the Wheel show with David Mascorro at Bar of the Gods, Sundays at 9pm and the open mic at Eugenio’s every other Friday. Follow Adam on Twitter @adampasi.
We got the high score in this episode when were joined once again by friend of the show Art Santana of Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade and new friend of the show Chuck Van Pelt of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo to discuss all things video games.
The Portland Retro Gaming Expo is an organization dedicated to “creating awareness of, and appreciation for classic video and arcade games through the presentation of events and conventions that celebrate the historic contribution video games have made and continue to make in popular culture”. Their next event will be held Oct. 18th and 19th at the Oregon Convention Center and will feature arcade play, tournaments, guest speakers and panel discussions, cosplay and if you’re looking to buy, sell or trade classic video game wares, there’s no other place you should be.
We talked with Art and Chuck about the evolution of the home gaming console from the Magnavox Odyssey to the PlayStation/Xbox era, the pioneers who developed the games we know and love, which games and systems had the most impact on them growing up and whether or not gaming itself creates an addictive personality.
We also discussed gender representation (or lack thereof) in video games, in both the virtual world and the real world.
For more information about the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, check out their website and follow them on Twitter @retrogamingexpo. And there’s always something awesome going on down at Ground Kontrol. To find out what, check out their website and follow them on Twitter as well @groundkontrol.
In today’s world where things don’t often make sense, it’s nice to know that someone occasionally gets it right. David Walker writing the recently-announced Shaft comic book series for Dynamite Entertainment makes sense, possibly the most sense ever.
David’s resume is stunningly lengthy and includes films he’s directed and written (Damaged Goods, Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered & Shafted, Black Santa’s Revenge and the shorts Blackstar Warrior and The Day They Ran Out of Bullets), the novel Darius Logan: Super Justice Force, as well as the comic book series Number 13, The Supernals Experiment, and The Army of Dr. Moreau. He’s also been the film editor of Portland’s Willamette Week, a film critic for msn.com and publisher of the magazine and website Bad Azz Mofo, where he’s written numerous articles and essays about race, pop culture and the blaxplotation genre. David’s run on Shaft with artist Bilquis Evely begins in December.
We talked with David about his big score landing the Shaft gig, the influence of Shaft and blaxplotation films on his life and work, why we’re still talking about Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing 25 years later, the disturbing reality of police brutality in America and what the lack of black faces in The Hobbit and The Princess Bride really means.
Also, The Outsiders gets shat on a bunch and David finally figures Jason out (he thinks)!
For more on David and his work, check out the BadAzzMofo.com website and you can follow him on Twitter as well @DavidWalker1201. He will also be appearing at the Rose City ComiCon Saturday, Sept. 20th and Sunday, Sept. 21st on a number of panel discussions, and he will be joined by comedian Sean Jordan at the Hollywood Theatre on Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:30pm for the Movies in Black & White screening of Do the Right Thing, with an audience Q&A following. Advance tickets are available here.