Thursday, September 1, 2016

CultJam Productions' Films and Comix

Film: Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story. Watch it here or on YouTube

Comix:
1. "Cock-Tale: A Modern Tijuana Bible" starring Tom Cruise and Xenu. French version (l'edition francais) is here.
2. "Donald Trump Is The Antichrist" a Chick tract parody and an earlier version.
3. "Ivy League Exorcist" a Chick tract parody and an earlier version.
4. "A Demon-Hunting Veep" a Chick tract parody. The panel in this tract that listed "doorways to demonic possession" became an internet meme.
5. Information about the forthcoming Chick tract parody "Falwell in Hell"

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

New Chick Tract Parody Skewers Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal for Their Exorcism-related Activities!

It's called "Trump Is The Antichrist". It pokes fun at Rubio for attending Christ Fellowship whose pastor Rick Blackwood has performed exorcisms and exhorts his flock to cast out demons. It also mocks Trump for his titty bar at the Trump Taj Mahal.
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Media Hackers Punk Fundie Radio Show and Promote Spoof Film

Troy Davis writes:

I was checking out the response to last night GOP presidential debate on right-wing talk radio today and was tuned into Bryan Fischer's Focal Point radio show. Focal Point is part of The American Family Association, an American fundamentalist political organization. Fischer is a poster boy for why separation of church and state is a great idea.  Anyhow, he told his listeners to call and let him know which candidate was the most impressive. I dialed the call-in number and acted like a live one to the screener.  Since I had a friend's phone with a 740 area code, I told her I was "Randall from Bridgeport, Ohio."  When Fischer got to me on the show, here's how the call went:

FISCHER: Let's grab a call from Randall in Bridgeport, Ohio. Randall, welcome. What's on your mind?
TROY (AS RANDALL):  Oh, hello, Bryan. Yeah, I really loved both debates and I was especially impressed by the performance by Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and his strong stand against Planned Parenthood. I think one thing that really sets Governor Jindal apart is that he's no Johnny-come-lately when it comes to the fight for Christian values. In fact, there's a film that's a testament to his fight against spiritual darkness. It's called Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story and you can watch it online and it's just really inspirational.  
FISCHER:  Well, you know Bobby Jindal, I mean, there isn't any question, Randall, that Bobby Jindal is one of us: when it comes to his evangelical faith, when it comes to his values, when it comes his recognition of the authority of scripture, when it comes to his being completely unapologetic about publicly praying and engaging in public prayer. You're talking about an exorcism that he witnessed or was a part of when he was in college, [and he] writes unapologetically about that and, you know, he was one of the first governors--I think he was the first governor, maybe, to suspend funding for Planned Parenthood through Medicaid or Medicare--I think it was Medicaid--through Medicaid in Louisiana. He was the first state to do that. Other states have since followed suit, Alabama today. Governor Jindal, you're exactly right, was out there in front. Governor Jindal believes in the power of prayer. He convened, about eight months ago, a prayer rally at Louisiana State, Baton Rouge. [He] got a lot of criticism for that. I got relentlessly hammered over that because AFA was connected to that prayer event so the left just went after me hammer and tongs. Bobby Jindal was undeterred because this was about prayer; it's not about anything else. We're going ahead and we're going to have this prayer event. Alright, Randall, good call. I appreciate that. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Press Release for the short film Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Film Bobby Jindal’s Spokesman Denounced as “Insane”

On June 24, 2015, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal announced that he would be a 2016 presidential candidate. The members of the film collective CultJam Productions had released the short film about Jindal’s college years, Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story, on its website (www.cultjampro.com) to rave reviews.  Richard von Busack, the film reviewer for Metro Silicon Valley, called the film “a sharp shocker .  .  . worthy of John Waters.” http://www.metroactive.com/movies/ivy-league-exorcist.html  Peter Jacobs of the Ivy Gate Blog (now at Business Insider) wrote that Ivy League Exorcist is “probably the best 11-minute film you will watch all day. Trust us.” http://www.ivygateblog.com/2012/07/what-were-watching-and-you-should-be-too-ivy-league-exorcist-the-bobby-jindal-story/  The film also was covered by The London Daily Telegraph, Wonkette, and The Huffington Post.

Governor Jindal’s people were less impressed.  Governor Jindal’s spokesman, Kyle Plotkin, said of the film, “That movie is insane. It’s just plain absurd.” http://ivyleagueexorcist.blogspot.com/2014/04/lost-article-about-ivy-league-exorcist.html

The film is a deadpan comedy film, a postmodern mumblecore-style examination of a disturbing event. The film is a tongue-in-cheek dramatization of the bizarre events that took place in a Brown University classroom in 1990.  Jindal and members of a student Christian group were holding a prayer vigil for a fellow member who had been diagnosed with skin cancer when the afflicted woman suddenly collapsed on the floor, convulsed, and showed sudden and drastic personality changes that Jindal and the other students interpreted as demonic possession.  The group performed a do-it-yourself exorcism on the woman. 

Jindal wrote about the incident in a conservative Catholic journal The New Oxford Review in 1994; the title of the article was “Beating a Demon: Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare.”  Davis got the idea of doing a short film about the incident after he read the New Oxford Review piece in the summer of 2011: “After I finished reading the article,” recounted Davis, “my first thought was, ‘Wow, this is totally surreal!’ My second thought was that of a filmmaker, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to do a reenactment of the exorcism in the form of a mumblecore-style film?’” The film is intended to have a deconditioning effect, that is, it is intended to jolt people out of ordinary modes of thinking.  This film is very postmodern in that it employs pastiche, intertextuality, and blends highbrow and lowbrow elements.  

Eventually Davis saw the subversive media potential of the film: “On the one hand,” Davis quipped, “using a cinema vérité or mumblecore cinematography style, the film would have a documentary feel to it. I was convinced that some people viewing the film would be convinced that it was a documentary of the actual events—I’m reminded of a recent survey indicating that many people didn’t realize that Stephen Colbert’s TV show persona is satirical in nature.  We decided to introduce some over-the-top elements into the film, not just for shock value or cheap laughs, but to test the naïveté of the audience—were they in on the gag?”

Davis noted that the members of CultJam Productions, a film collective, were uniquely suited for the odd nature of the film: “In the nineties, I discovered postmodernism, media hacking, and cyberpunk culture; these aren’t just theories, they were and continue to be a way of life.”  Mario Glaviano, the director, and Francesca Stonum, the co-DP and editor, are graduates of the film program at San Diego State University when they were protégés of postmodernist and cyberpunk theorist Larry McCaffery. The assistant director, Mark Schwab, is a veteran of the mumblecore film movement and whose experiments in improvisation and the do-it-yourself ethic have been landing him accolades in underground film festivals. 

CultJam Productions did a guerilla-style promotion of the film at Comic-Con in San Diego in 2012.  Davis noted, “We created a mini-comic book promoting the film that mimicked the style of the inflammatory fundamentalist Jack Chick comic book tracts; it can be seen here: http://cultjamproductions.blogspot.com/2014/10/new-ivy-league-exorcist-promotional.html  Davis quipped, “We handed them out to the conventioneers and most thought we were crazy religionists but some of the more discerning people appreciated the irony and the fact that they were in on the joke.” 

Members of CultJam Productions are concerned that people will think the film is an attempt to influence politics.  “People who think this is a hit job on Jindal don’t get the point,” Davis said, “The college years are a time for people to do stupid things. If anything, I think that with Jindal, unlike Barack Obama who was doing coke in college, at least his heart was in the right place. He meant well. I think there are some deeper issues, nonpolitical ones that the film addresses. 

CONTACT:  Troy Davis, co-producer of CultJam Productions  cultjampro@gmail.com  

Ivy League Exorcist site: www.cultjampro.com
Ivy League Exorcist blog: http://ivyleagueexorcist.blogspot.com/
CultJam Productions blog: http://cultjamproductions.blogspot.com/
Ivy League Exorcist IMDb page:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2330536/

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Pair Plan to Make a Rock Opera Based on Jindal Exorcism

Troy Davis writes:

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that two political operatives, Brian Welsh and Chris Chiari, plan to make a rock opera based on the infamous Brown University exorcism that Louisiana governor and presidential candidate Bobby Jindal participated in as an undergraduate. The pair started a Kickstarter campaign for the project.

As the person who came up with the idea for the film adaptation of the exorcism (as well as a comic book promoting the film) I believe the two are stealing our idea to do an absurdist version of the exorcism and trying to make a quick buck off of our idea. I think this is wrong.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Our Film Ivy League Exorcist Mentioned in story in the London Daily Telegraph!

Troy Davis writes:

I was interviewed by Raf Sanchez for the story titled, "Meet the Republican Presidential Candidate Who Once Performed an Exorcism."

In the article, Sanchez writes:
[Jindal's] attempts at forgetting the incident might be easier if it were not for a short film called Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story that is posted with gleeful posted by mockers of Mr Jindal. 
Mr Davis said the film was not meant as "political hack job" against the Louisiana governor but rather as a satire of Christian religious fundamentalists who constantly claimed the Devil was at work in America. 
"I thought the whole Jindal exorcism was completely absurd but it's really just a manifestation of the hysteria around the fear of Satan," he said. 
The exorcism issue was last raised in 2012, when Mr Jindal was being talked about as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney. 
Now he'll need to deal with it all over again as he aims for America's top job. Maybe garlic and holy water will do the trick.

Bobby Jindal Announces that He is Running for President in 2016!

Governor Jindal's Announcement is here

Our online film Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story

IMDb page for Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story

Metro Silicon Valley article about Ivy League Exorcist and the filmmakers behind it.

List of media outlets that wrote about Ivy League Exorcist

Chick tract parody that promotes Ivy League Exorcist

Friday, June 19, 2015

Changes to Ivy League Exorcist Comic Book

Troy Davis writes:

I made some changes in anticipation of Bobby's June 24 "major announcement" regarding his presidential plans.  I added some gags and Richard Nixon makes a cameo appearance in Hell. Check it out here.

Also for comix fans, check out "Cock-Tale: A Modern Tijuana Bible,"  a satire of Scientology.  French edition here.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lost Article about Ivy League Exorcist from the Baton Rouge Advocate

The first article about the film Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story was published in the Baton Rouge Advocate; the story by political journalist Michelle Millhollon, gave us the immortal quote by Jindal's spokesman, Kyle Plotkin, that the film was "insane." (the quote was used for the movie poster).

Unfortunately, the online link for the article is gone so I found the cached article and reprinted it below:

Video depicts Jindal in ‘Ivy League Exorcist’

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Speculation about who will be Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s running mate is re-igniting interest in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s so-called exorcism experience.
National political writers and filmmakers recently took note of the governor’s college activities after Jindal emerged as a possible contender for the vice presidential slot.
Long before he ran for governor, Jindal made the experience public by writing about it in a 1994 issue of New Oxford Review, an orthodox Catholic magazine.
He described his college friend Susan’s battle with a “demon” before a group of Christian students on the Brown University campus.
“At first, Susan responded to biblical passages with curses and profanities. Mixed in with her vile attacks were short and desperate pleas for help. In the same breath that she attacked Christ, the Bible’s authenticity, and everyone assembled in prayer, Susan would suddenly urge us to rescue her. It appeared as if we were observing a tremendous battle between the Susan we knew and loved and some strange evil force,” Jindal wrote.
Jindal wrote that he physically protected Susan with holy water and blessed crucifixes.
Now Jindal’s experience is the inspiration for a film shot in California on a $300 budget.
Earlier this month, members of film collective CultJam Productions went to Comic-Con 2012 to bring attention to “Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story.”
The roughly 11-minute video, which as of Friday evening had gotten 20 views on YouTube, purports to depict the experience described by Jindal.
Foul language is used. An actress playing Susan thrashes about on the floor. The bespectacled man playing Jindal is mostly shown hanging back, watching the scene unfold from afar, while narrating the episode in a voice-over.
Although he usually issues at least a prepared statement in response to an interview request, Jindal refused to do so when asked Friday about the film.
The governor’s spokesman, Kyle Plotkin, wrote: “That movie is insane. It’s just plain absurd.”
The film’s writer and producer, Troy Davis, of Los Angeles, said he created the video because he was flabbergasted when he read the New Oxford Journal article earlier this year. He said the experience that Jindal described was bizarre and demented.
“I wanted to throw it back to people and say, ‘Hey, make up your own minds,’ ” Davis said in an interview.
Davis, who holds degrees from Ohio universities, put out a San Jose, Calif., casting call in March for preppy students and an angelic savior. The parts of Susan and Jindal already had been cast.
The casting call warned that no compensation would be given, other than meals, a DVD and an Internet Movie Database credit. The call promised the film would capitalize “on the humor of how bizarrely the events unfolded that night.”
Davis said CultJam is not into commercialization, Hollywood or even politics.
He said he sees Jindal as a victim of satanic panic.
“I’m an independent. Sure, I’m going to vote for (President Barack) Obama, but I’m not carrying his water by any means,” Davis said.
The video is not the only piece on Jindal’s so-called exorcism experience posted on YouTube. A search for that topic produces several dozen hits.
One clip features a shot of Jindal’s head bobbing around the screen as a man speaks through the screen of a roaring fire.
Making the case against Jindal becoming vice president Thursday, Washington Post columnist Chris Cillizza mentioned the governor’s disappointing 2009 national address, his initial support of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president and “his participation in what some have described as an exorcism during his college years.”
Time magazine described the so-called exorcism as an obvious downside in Jindal’s “glittering” résumé.
“Without casting any aspersions on Jindal’s beliefs, it’s safe to say that Romney, who has dealt with an undercurrent of bigotry toward his own faith, likely wants to avoid a protracted discussion of religious practices that would overshadow his focus on the economy,” the magazine said.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New Post on CultJam Productions' Blog

It covers the promotion of Ivy League Exorcist at last month's Stanford/Notre Dame football game. Read it here.

Friday, November 29, 2013

New Post on CultJam Productions Blog

For the post on CultJam Prodcutions promotion of Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story at the 2013 Harvard/Yale game (The Game) check out the latest at the CultJam Productions blog.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

CultJam Productions promoted Ivy League Exorcist at Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose, California

CultJam Productions was a presence at the Netroots Nation conference in San Jose, California last weekend. Netroots Nation is a yearly convention for politically progressive internet activists. We decided to have a table there not because we are political filmmakers because our film's intertextual use of the term "whiny-ass titty-baby," (WATB) a term coined by left-of-center bloggers. CultJam producers Francesca Stonum and Mario Glaviano worked the table and talked to activists, bloggers, and pundits. Many of the people they spoke with were familiar with the film. Below are some pictures:
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Virigina E.W. Lieutenant Governor Candidate E.W. Jackson, Yoga, and our Jack Chick Tract Parody

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Troy Davis writes:

The decontextualized page of CultJam Productions' Chick tract parody went viral last summer when people seeing the page thought it was a serious work put out by fundamentalists listing the "components of Satan's Spiritual Structure"; this list included yoga, Scientology, Rosicruscianism, Astrology, Tarot cards, Ouija boards, remote viewing, and other activities.  Most of the things on the list have been the focus of warnings by fundamentalists as doorways to satanic possession (I got most of the things on the list from Chick tracts and from books by former Chick Publications author Dr. Rebecca Brown), so it didn't surprise me that it came out that Virigina Lieutenant Governor candidate E.W. Jackson suggested that yoga could lead one to "serve Satan."  This is fundie boilerplate.

It's true in a way: whenever I'm in a yoga class and hot chicks are doing downward facing dog, I get a demon of lust!

Friday, April 26, 2013

New Promotional Jack Chick Tract Parody for Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story


Troy Davis writes:


Last summer when CultJam Productions launched Ivy League Exorcist online, we had to rush the parody Chick tract promotional comic book in time to distribute it at Comic-Con 2012 in July.  The hurried result was "A Demon-Hunting Veep?"   which speculated that a demon-hunter could be picked as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate.  The title was a big success with comix and Jack Chick fans and received attention from The Huffington Post and Boing Boing.

The only problem was that the content of the tract became outdated on August 11, 2012 when Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate.  Accordingly, in my spare time, I created a new tract, "Ivy League Exorcist," that plays upon speculation that Governor Jindal is mulling a presidential run in 2016.  I enhanced the art and added some gags; the new tract has a more overt satirical message while "A Demon-Hunting Veep?" played it straight, Chick tract fans will probably appreciate the additional cameos by characters from Chick tracts. Click on a panel for a larger view.  Enjoy. 
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bobby Jindal Hoist with his own Petard

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program has been the butt of jokes when some of the questionable claims from textbooks recently came to light.   Recently, Nick Wing of the Huffington Post reported that a textbook from a Louisiana voucher school teaches that hippies filthy, ragged devotees of rock musicians who “belonged to Eastern religious cults or practiced Satan worship.”
It was precisely this kind of conflation that led to the satanic scare that caused Jindal and the Christian student groups (InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Campus Crusade for Christ) to perform the exorcism on Susan in 1990.  One of the major influences that led to hysteria about the alleged rise of Satanism was a bestselling book that unceremoniously lumped together the activities of the youth movement with devil worship.  In 1970, Hal Lindsey wrote The Late Great Planet Earth, a book with apocalyptic end-times themes.  In the book, Lindsey’s (flimsy) evidence that Satan was marshaling his forces in preparation for The Battle of Armageddon was the fact that many young bohemians were expressing an interest in the occult (e.g., tarot cards and horoscopes) and Eastern mysticism. 
Although The Late Great Planet Earth is pure schlock, the book became a huge bestseller (over 30 million copies have been sold).   Lindsey's book, along with other discredited books like Mike Warnke’s The Satan Seller and Michelle Smith’s Michelle Remembers, helped create the satanic scare that festered throughout the 1980’s and certainly influenced the Brown University students who performed an exorcism on Susan when she experienced convulsions and a sudden personality change (for future reference, call an ambulance, for fuck's sake!).  It’s rather amusing that Christianists are repeating the claims that contributed in part to the atmosphere that led to bizarre behavior at Brown University in 1990.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

IMDb Page for Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story

Check out the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) page for Ivy League Exorcist: the Bobby Jindal Story. That's http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2330536/ Also, check the IMDb pages for the principle filmmakers: director and producer Mario Glaviano, cinematographer and producer Francesca Stonum,screenwriter and executive producer Troy Davis, associate producer Mark Schwab, associate producer and actor Michael Rulfs, and cinematographer Sean Meng.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Ivy League Exorcist Poster

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Troy Davis writes: Behold the new official poster for Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story. I did the the original poster, a hasty job done on MS Paint. We needed a better poster that could be blown up (for use as a prop in CultJam Production's next film) so we enlisted the aid of Bryan Gasaway, a graphic design major at West Liberty University. Great job, Bryan! The post is on the IMDb page for Ivy League Exorcist.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Public Policy Polling Poll: Most Republicans believe in demonic possession

Read about the poll in this article by Laura Gottesdiener in Salon.com; the article discusses Bobby Jindal's Brown University exorcism as well as Delaware GOP Senate candidate and alleged former witch Christine O’Donnell.

Friday, August 31, 2012

CultJam Productions is working on a new short film

I just wanted to let fans of Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story know that we aren't a one-trick pony. We are hard at work creating another short film. More details soon.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Decontextualization, Memetics, Semiotics, and The Ivy League Exorcist Chick Tract Parody

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2016 UPDATE: Check out our comic book "Donald Trump Is The Antichrist" and other comix and films.


Troy Davis writes:

In July, members of CultJam Productions passed out the promotional Chick tract parody titled "A Demon-Hunting Veep" (read it here and also read the most current version of the comic book), at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. The tract looks like a Chick Publications creation and has a message that might lead many readers to believe it is the work of fundamentalists.  Our intention was to evoke curiosity so that the reader would be motivated to watch our film Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story.

We didn't realize until a few days ago that the tract--or at least a decontextualized segment of the tract--became viral online during Comic-Con. On July 17, someone with the handle "DJ" posted a page of the tract along with ample breasts to the online image board MyBroadband (the image to the right). DJ apparently thought our tract was on the level and juxtaposed the boobs to show his contempt for our facetious list of satanic activities. Unfortunately, DJ didn't list the name of the tract or the name of the film so readers were led to believe it was a real fundy tract (though we made the list from activities that fundies often link to the devil). In essence, the meme lacked what Richard Dawkins calls copying-fidelity; a fragment of our work was recontextualized in a way that led to confusion. The image was quickly picked up by some major blogs (the Huffington Post's Andres Jauregui did a post on it as did Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder).

When I found out about this a few days ago, I emailed bloggers about the confusion and many updated their posts to acknowledge the true context and motives of the creators of the work (e.g., Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder's post is here). This caused the properly contextualized and complete meme-set to go viral again. What a long, strange trip it's been. The panel continues to be posted on forums such as Reddit and Twitter.

The List: This is the list of components of Satan's Spiritual Structure and "doorways to demonic possession": Eastern religions, yoga, Freemasonry, Illuminati groups, New Age religions, Church of Satan, Scientology, Rosicruscianism, Astrology, Tarot cards, Ouija boards, Remote viewing, Palmistry, Voodoo, Earth Worship, Wicca, Cyberpunk culture, Divination, Meditation, Vegetariansim, Lycanthropy, Postmodernism, Backmasking, Astral-projection, Necromancy, Rebirthing, Kabbalah, LOTR, Fire walking, Levitation, alt 'comix,' Vampirism, Trilateralism, Marihuana & Pot parties, LSD/shrooms, Video games, Harry Potter, Dungeons & Dragons, Halloween, Fornication, Skull & Bones, Rock music, Heavy metal, Burning man, Twilight films, Raves & XTC, and Goth culture.

UPDATE:  I wrote more theoretical insights on the CultJam Productions blog. Also, there is an updated tract. Also, CultJam has a comic book that lampoons Tom Cruise Scientology, and Galactic Overlord Xenu; it's called "Cock-Tale: A Modern Tijuana Bible."

JUNE 2013 UPDATE:  We have a new blog post of E.W. Jackson and yoga here (and right below it is our new Chick tract parody).  Also, watch the online film Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story.  Like Bluto said, "Don't cost nothin'."

Monday, August 20, 2012

Intertexuality in Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story

Troy Davis writes: I'm a big fan of recontextualization, the taking of symbols from other realms and placing them into other contexts When I wrote Ivy League Exorcist, I kept this in mind and sought to decontextualize cultural symbols and reintroduce them into cinematic form. For instance, I had the possessed Susan character scream at the assembled Christian group, "For fuck's sake, you're the lamest bunch of whiny-ass titty-babies." The term "whiny-ass titty-baby" (WATB) was developed in the left-of-center blogosphere in the earlier 2000's; it is used to refer "to right-wingers who routinely bully others but whine vociferously at the mildest criticism directed their way." Of course, Susan's use is anarchronistic (the film takes place a decade before the term was coined and even before the blogosphere existed) but the point was to take a multi-media approach to art.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ivy League Exorcist in the Media

Troy Davis writes: Ivy League Exorcist: the Bobby Jindal Story has online been online for a little over two weeks and it has received a great deal of media coverage:
  • Gannett reporter Mike Hasten reported on the film
  • Baton Rouge Advocate reporter Michelle Millhollen got the priceless comment from Governor Jindal's communications director Kyle Plotkin: “That movie is insane. It’s just plain absurd.”
  • WGNO, New Orleans' ABC affiliate did a news story on Ivy League Exorcist. Watch it here.
  • Richard von Busack, the film review of the San Jose weekly newspaper Metroactive has a thoughtful review, calling the film, "a sharp, shocker of a movie...worthy of John Waters." An abbreviated review appears in the North Bay Bohemian.
  • Associated Press reporter Melinda Deslatte wrote that "the story Jindal wrote nearly 20 years ago has inspired more than one YouTube video."
  • The New Orleans Times-Picayune John Maginnis wrote, "'Beating a Demon: Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare,' which Jindal wrote for New Oxford Review in 1994, has spawned scores of news stories, columns, radio and TV commentaries, even a few YouTube videos (the governor's press secretary called one 'insane')."
  • The New Orleans Defender had a small article on the controversy: ". . . a California team called CultJam Productions recreated the [exorcism] episode, and took the liberty of inserting foul language and fart jokes."

    Update: The Huffington Post's Andres Jauregui and Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder, who originally wrote posts about a page photographed from our promotional tract, cite our film. More on this phenomenon here.
Blogs have had some interesting coverage of the film's debut:
  • Rebecca Schoenkopf, writer for the influential Washington DC blog Wonkette, was amused by the film.
  • The humor blog Jesus' General liked the film.
  • Peter Jacobs of IvyGate, the Ivy League blog, has kind words for the film: "Add a fantastic little article Jindal wrote in 1994 for the New Oxford Review detailing the exorcism titled “Beating a Demon: Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare,” and you have something that has little to do with politics, but everything to do with how people view this rising Republican. . .Take for example, Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story, probably the best 11-minute film you will watch all day. Trust us. It is a “comedic” adaptation of Jindal’s article made for $300 by a group of filmmakers in California. Again, trust us."
  • BayouBuzz picked up the story.
  • Unreasonable Faith picked up the story.
  • An Atheistic blog from the Czech Republic has a story.
  • BobbyJindalSucks.com wrote about the film.
  • VN Made has a story.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

My So-Called Radio Interview by Troy Davis

This morning I was a "guest" on the Denny Schaffer's morning drive radio show on WRNO 99.5 FM in New Orleans.  Before my ten minute talk with Schaffer, I didn't hold any illusions that it was going to be a serious attempt to have a serious discussion with me about the film. WRNO's nickname is "Rush Radio" (referring to Rush Limbaugh).  I figured he would try to bait me and I was right.  You can listen to the interview here (starts at 17:20).  I wanted to discuss cinematic elements of the film but had a hard time getting past his badgering and interupting (e.g., when I mentioned mumblecore, Schaffer's response was,  "does that mean low budget piece of crap?").  My hopes of discussing pastiche, irony, and intertextuality went unfulfilled.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ivy League Exorcist featured in Metroactive, the Silicon Valley's weekly alternative newspaper

The article, by Richard von Busack, gives a lot of information about the film and about the people behind CultJam Productions.  We at CultJam Productions are flattered that Mr. Von Busack called Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story, "a short shocker. . . worthy of John Waters."
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Original Press Release for Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



BOBBY JINDAL EXORCISM FILM RELEASED ONLINE



The members of the film collective CultJam Productions released the short film, Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story, on its website (www.cultjampro.com) on July 17, 2012.


The film’s writer and producer Troy Davis explained the reasons for the online release: “Initially, I and other members of CultJam Productions wanted to do a more traditional release of the film, taking Ivy League Exorcist to the film festival circuit.   However, in recent months, with all the buzz about whether presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney would pick Jindal as his running mate, we decided to make the film accessible to everyone.”


The film is a dramatization of the bizarre events that took place in a Brown University classroom in 1990.  Jindal and members of a student Christian group were holding a prayer vigil for a fellow member who had been diagnosed with skin cancer when the afflicted woman suddenly collapsed on the floor, convulsed, and showed sudden and drastic personality changes that Jindal and the other students interpreted as demonic possession.  The group performed a makeshift exorcism on the woman. 


Jindal wrote about the incident in a conservative Catholic journal The New Oxford Review in 1994; the title of the article was “Beating a Demon: Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare.”  Davis got the idea of doing a short film about the incident after he read the New Oxford Review piece in the summer of 2011: “After I finished reading the article,” recounted Davis, “my first thought was, ‘Wow, this is totally surreal!’ My second thought was that of a filmmaker, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to do a reenactment of the exorcism in the form of a mumblecore-style film?’”


Eventually Davis saw the subversive media potential of the film: “On the one hand,”  Davis quipped, “using a cinema vérité or mumblecore cinematography style, the film would have a documentary feel to it. I was convinced that some people viewing the film would be convinced that it was a documentary of the actual events—I’m reminded of a recent survey indicating that many people didn’t realize that Stephen Colbert’s TV show persona is satirical in nature.  We decided to introduce some over-the-top elements into the film, not just for shock value or cheap laughs, but to test the naïveté of the audience—were they in on the gag?”


Davis noted that the members of CultJam Productions, a film collective, were uniquely suited for the odd nature of the film: “In the nineties, I discovered postmodernism, media hacking, and cyberpunk culture; these aren’t just theories, they were and continue to be a way of life.  Mario Glaviano, the director, and Francesca Stonum, the co-DP and editor, are graduates of the film program at San Diego State University when they were protégés of postmodernist and cyberpunk theorist Larry McCaffery. Our approaches are complementary. It also helped that our assistant director, Mark Schwab, is a veteran of the mumblecore film movement and whose experiments in improvisation and the do-it-yourself ethic have been landing him accolades in underground film festivals.  The result was praxis, a merging of theory and practice.  The finished product is the essence of outsider art.”


CultJam Productions did a guerilla-style promotion of the film at Comic-Con in San Diego last week.  Davis noted, “We created a mini-comic book promoting the film that mimicked the style of the inflammatory fundamentalist Jack Chick comic book tracts (it can be seen here: http://ivyleagueexorcist.blogspot.com/2012/07/jack-chick-parody-tract-used-to-promote.html) .   We handed them out to the conventioneers and most thought we were crazy religionists but some of the more discerning people appreciated the irony and the fact that they were in on the joke. The film and the media campaign are intended to have a deconditioning effect, that is, it is intended to jolt people out of ordinary modes of thinking.  This film is very postmodern in that it employs pastiche, intertextuality, and blends highbrow and lowbrow elements.  I wouldn’t even call this film a satire because, except for a few gags, we pretty much played the events straight.  What is absurd is the actual event from 1990.”


Members of CultJam Productions are concerned that people will think the film is an attempt to influence politics.  “People who think this is a hit job on Jindal don’t get the point,” Davis said, “The college years are a time for people to do stupid things. If anything, I think that with Jindal, unlike Barack Obama who was doing coke in college, at least his heart was in the right place. He meant well. I think there are some deeper issues, nonpolitical ones, that the film addresses.  We will deal with them in the near future”

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Jack Chick Parody Tract Used to Promote Ivy League Exorcist at Comic-Con International

This is an version of the Jack T. Chick tract parody created during the summer of 2012 to promote CultJam Productions' online short film Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story (which can be viewed here). Ivy League Exorcist is an absurdist deadpan comedy that lampoons the actual exorcism that Louisiana governor and 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal performed as a Brown University undergraduate. Richard von Busack of Metro Silicon Valley called the film "a sharp shocker . . . worthy of John Waters." The film has also been covered in the London Daily Telegraph, the Huffington Post, Boing Boing, Wonkette, and the Louisiana media. Here is a list of media outlets that covered us. Bobby Jindal's people were less impressed; Governor Jindal's spokesman called the film "insane" and "absurd."

 This is the revised Summer 2012 version of the tract which was created to promote the film when Bobby Jindal was being strongly considered as a running mate by presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney. An updated version was created for the 2016 presidential race (there's also a version created for Chick tract fans).  Also, check out our online mini-comic lampooning Scientology. In addition, there's a 2016 Chick tract parody "Trump Is The Antichrist" that pokes fun at both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.

 More updates and links after the tract. Also check out CultJam Productions' blog.
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What was funny about the whole thing was that some real fundamentalists showed up and we passed out our comix tracts near them. The fundies thought we were on their team! Model Jessie Hail has a YouTube video where she flouts the fundies; I am behind the guys with signs passing out faux Chick tracts to unsuspecting Comic-Con attendees:


UPDATE:  A DERIVATIVE TRACT. 

Some readers have noticed that the Chick parody tract “A Demon-Hunting Veep” has elements of various Chick tracts.  Chick tract enthusiasts know that the cover and premise of the tract are derived from “A Demon’s Nightmare” (one of the demons is based on the demon in “A Demon’s Nightmare?” and the other demon is based on the protagonist of the eponymous “Stinky”).  Page one has the title characters from “Gladys” and “That Crazy Guy!” burning in the fire and brimstone of Hell.  Page three has silhouettes based on images from “The Story Teller,”Fire Starter?” “Party Girl,” “Fallen,” “The Great Escape,” and “Last Rites.”  Page four has Don (the band member from “Angels” who was into vampirism) and the pompous professor from “Big Daddy?” experiencing the eternal fires of damnation.  Page five has supposedly satanic symbols from various Chick tracts and comic books—notably “The Last Generation.”  Also on page five, the note that it isn’t necessary to burn the tract is a paraphrase of a line from “Spellbound.” The reference to “Satan’s Spiritual Structure” is taken from “Angel of Light.” 

JUNE 2013 UPDATE: Welcome Boing Boing readers; Cory Doctorow mentioned us in his post!  Read the entire Chick tract parody below as well as our updated Chick tract parody.  The tract was used to promote our mumblecore-style deadpan comedy film Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story (watch the film online here).  Read a theoretical discussion of memetics and semiotics regarding the way that the decontextualized portion of the tract became a meme. Check out our cool movie poster (it's a mashup of the movie posters for The Exorcist and Danger: Diabolik).  Also, if you like the film, could you give us a rating on our IMDb page because Jindal partisans slammed the film with the IMDb ratings.  Thanks.

AUGUST 2012 UPDATE: Welcome Boing Boing readers! Read the Chick comic tract parody below and watch the short film Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story on YouTube. Also, check out our production company web site. The site has a cool Ivy League Exorcist movie poster. We at CultJam Productions have some other film projects in the pipeline, so if you would like e-mail notifications of future flm releases or if you want to give CultJam Productions your feedback, contact us at cultjampro@gmail.com Also, to go to the front page of the blog, click here.

Here is the parody of a Jack T. Chick tract that we gave out at Comic-Con last week. Click on a page to enlarge. AUGUST UPDATE: Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan to be his running mate so the tract is a little dated now but still enjoyable.

UPDATE 3:  CultJam Productions created a new Chick tract parody called "Ivy League Exorcist."  This new tract takes the basic idea of the tract below and adds new gags and the kind of things that Chick tract fans love.
UPDATE 4: Click here an even newer version of the comic book with cameo appearances by Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond, Osama bin Laden, and Sid Vicious. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Movie Poster for Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story

TROY DAVIS WROTE: This is the official movie poster. It is a mashup between the poster for the film The Exorcist and the poster for the 1968 film Danger:Diabolik. One of my friends said it was the best independent film poster he's seen.
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