Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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:
Thursday, June 6, 2013
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
Troy Davis writes:
The only problem was that the content of the tract became outdated on August 11, 2012 when Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate.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.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
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
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.