I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx


by Matt Kelley
May 30, 2018

If you’re not familiar with the work of Roy Andersson, you probably aren’t Swedish. His first feature film, En kärlekshistoria(distributed as A Swedish Love Story in the US), premiered in 1970. Influenced by the Czech New Wave, En kärlekshistoriarecounts the love between two working-class young people set against the backdrop of the perfect summer. Andersson was just barely out of film school at the time of it’s release but that had virtually no effect on the film’s major critical and commercial success. 40 years later, the film is still quite often found on the “most popular films” shelf in many Swedish video stores. Aside from his debut film’s unprecedented achievements, success wasn’t all lollipops and puppy dogs for Andersson. When producers pressured him to make sequels or at least repeat the formula of En kärlekshistoria, Andersson fell into a deep depression and took a long break from filmmaking. Five years later, Andersson released his second feature film, Giliap, but the film went wildly over budget and was considered a financial disaster. Critics and audiences alike didn’t understand Giliap and box office sales were very low. The film was an overall failure that nearly cost Andersson his directing career. Unable to find work, Andersson nearly turned his back on making films altogether. Just as he was about to give up, Andersson got a job offer and soon he began shooting commercials for a Swedish based insurance company called Tyrgg Hansa. With a family to support, Andersson was willing to take whatever work he could find. During the next leg of his career, Andersson shot hundreds of television commercials that would soon define his unique directing style. He would not direct another feature film for 25 years...

Matt Kelley is a writer who lives in Chicago, Illinois.  Matt has been writing and producing short films since he was 14 fourteen years old and he will continue to do so until he is dead.  Matt has won several awards for the short films NakedAction City Bathroom and FutureCop 2010.   He currently writes for the new web series, Hank Frisco: Galaxy Defender.  Check out more of his work at www.hankfrisco.com or follow his angry rants on Twitter@_MattKelley_   

by Alex Schab
May 30, 2018
Years ago, while I was still stuck in that “why can't I just fall down a flight of stairs” phase of high school which most of us seem to go through, I put on Joy Division while driving with my brother. After a few minutes of music, he said something along the lines of “What the fuck is this? This guy sounds like he wants to kill himself.” To which I replied “Well, funny story...”
Alex Schab is a freelance writer living somewhere between the woods and the suburbs of Massachusetts. This means he spends way too many lonely nights consuming media and beer. Follow him on Twitter (@Schab) as he tries to wrestle some meaning into his life.

by A Wolfe
May 29, 2018
When Something Weird released José Mojica Marins’ catalogue of psychedelic “Mouth of Garbage” Brazilian horror flicks, US audiences fell in love with Coffin Joe, the so-bad-he’s-good undertaker character Marins plays in almost all of his films. Even in the UK, the goth-pop band The Horrors has a member who’s renamed himself Coffin Joe in honor of Marins’ character, who didn’t get his Anglicized name until the 90s, when Europeans got into bizarro cinema...
A Wolfe is a writer and director in Los Angeles. awolfeswolfworld.wordpress.com

by Jeff LaPrade
May 28, 2018
I moved to Los Angeles in November of 2012, sort of. I moved to Redondo Beach, a small isolated beach suburb nestled in a little magical bubble referred to as “The South Bay” where nothing dark every happens and there are only smiles always. While still in Los Angeles County, this is a little shelter where all of the kids think the public transportation is dangerous and if something is two miles away that counts as far. This is why I had a bit of trouble believing that the legendary hardcore band Black Flag came out of this white washed seafoam town...
Jeff LaPrade was born in Dirty Jersey but spent most of childhood in a suburb of Oakland.  Sticking to the skate parks, he developed a love for the underground and DIY culture.  Diversely motivated, he spends his focus designing cloths, producing photo shoots and writing about whatever comes to mind.  Despite his love for writing, Jeff earned his B/S in Physics from San Francisco State University in 2011.  Since then he has worked as a Solar Engineer,  Nuclear Weapons Detector Engineer, a vegetarian cook, has self published a book, and is a regular contributor to realizeculture.com and Swoop Magazine.  Now he resides in Venice Beach, soaking in the rays, writing until his fingers bleed and tutoring local children in the off time.

by Kathryn Fischer
May 21, 2018

Remember that outrageously large Buffalo Gal Hat Lady Gaga manages to squeeze into the pussy wagon in her "Telephone" video with Beyoncé? Or the enormous curlers made of coke cans? These indelible images are clear rumblings that the great artistry of the late Leigh Bowery (1961 – 1994) has pressed itself—through nineties New York Club Kids, to underground contemporary artists—right into popular culture and onto MTV today. 


Kathryn Fischer (aka Mad Kate) is a writer and performance artist living in Berlin, Germany with her partner and performance accomplice Juan Chamié. Combining elements of dance theatre, spoken word, vocals and fashion, she has performed her queer-alien-burlesque-theatre extensively around Europe since moving to Berlin seven years ago. As a contemporary improvisational dancer Mad Kate integrates techniques from Ballet to Afro-Cuban to Butoh, pioneering a style uniquely her own. She is front woman for the punk-rock-cabaret band Kamikaze Queens and a proud member of the Bonaparte circus. Mad Kate's performance work has been featured in several documentaries and films, including Emilie Jouvet's Too Much Pussy: Feminist Sluts in the Queer X Show, Cheryl Dunye's Mommy is Coming, Ivan Arrenega's Berlin Manners: Burlesque in Berlin, and Jess Feast's documentary Cowboys and Communists. She also plays the lead role in Julia Ostertag's film, Saila. Mad Kate can often be found inside the caverns of Carni Closet, located in the back of the Berlin boutique, EXIT.

Kathryn holds an MFA in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies with an emphasis in Gender and Sustainable Development from the University of California, Berkeley. Her writing has appeared in Z Magazine, Bitch, Other , Off Our Backs, Art XX, ExBerliner, SexHerald, Exodus, Sojourn, Sexflies: R rated stories 4 the uncanny, Tea Party Magazine, Brew City Magazine and Controlled Burn, an anthology of short fiction by New College Press. Her work is currently being featured in the online exhibit, Imagining Ourselves: A Global Generation of Women, a project by the International Museum of Women. She self-publishes The Fabricated Love Affair Art Project, a feminist, mixed media 'zine.