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"My America, the American Drama" by Hal Hartley
Just in time for Independence Day, Hal Hartley’s feature film adaptation of Center Stage’s MY AMERICA project streams on Fandor:
"Center Stage asked a number of American playwrights, ‘What is your America?’ The responses, ranging from the political to the personal, form a tapestry of ideas. ‘Who are you, America?’ To mark its 50th anniversary, the prestigious Baltimore, Maryland theater Center Stage asked 50 writers to create monologues answering that question, then entrusted independent film icon Hal Hartley with filming the results. This feature version draws on 21 of those wildly disparate explorations. Their voices include a beauty pageant contestant who’ll never win a prize for brains; a U.S. soldier stationed in Afghanistan; a man talking about his crack-addicted sister and another whose selling of "ten dollars of pot" led to a life in prison; a minster whose views on gays differ from his congregation; a crusty dowager worried about her coddled descendants; and a 1960s-bred free spirit still flying the freak flag decades later. There is room for an absurdist historical lesson as well as an entirely sung baseball anecdote. By turns angry, comic, political and poetical, MY AMERICA is a smorgasbord of distinctive character snapshots offering plenty of virtuoso acting and idiosyncratic style." - Dennis Harvey
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
I’ve been thinking of a way to explain to straight white men how life works for them, without invoking the dreaded word “privilege,” to which they react like vampires being fed a garlic tart at high noon. It’s not that the word “privilege” is incorrect, it’s that it’s not their word. When confronted with “privilege,” they fiddle with the word itself, and haul out the dictionaries and find every possible way to talk about the word but not any of the things the word signifies. So, the challenge: how to get across the ideas bound up in the word “privilege,” in a way that your average straight white man will get, without freaking out about it? Being a white guy who likes women, here’s how I would do it: Dudes. Imagine life here in the US - or indeed, pretty much anywhere in the Western world - is a massive role playing game, like World of Warcraft except appallingly mundane, where most quests involve the acquisition of money, cell phones and donuts, although not always at the same time. Let’s call it The Real World. You have installed The Real World on your computer and are about to start playing, but first you go to the settings tab to bind your keys, fiddle with your defaults, and choose the difficulty setting for the game. Got it? Okay:
In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is.
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