Economic Mayhem in America

Years ago I was in a writing group, which was fun and educational. What I learned, primarily, is that there’s a good reason most people are unpublished and/or unknown. That reason is usually that they’re not very good (and I class myself in that category). But there were other reasons, too.

There were, for example, some excellent poets. But, you know, poetry. Some good writers wrote really unmarketable stuff. One guy wrote a very good episode of “The Golden Girls”. (Hard market to break into.) Then there was Paul, who wrote plays.

Paul’s play–the one that I read and later he actually managed to put up a few years later–was an interesting look at racial tensions in upstate New York, in which he used a clever device of showing two stories at the same time, where alternating scenes were in the different time frame. (And he cued it in a very plain way, making it easy to follow, which is the real trick.)

He’s been doing short films since at least the early ‘90s, making me look like a schlub, and it looks like now he’s taking on the financial situation with his series Economic Mayhem In America. (He’s got collaborators, mind you; I don’t mean to say it’s all him. He’s just the guy I know who’s involved.)

If you have seven-and-a-half minutes, check it out:

Part 1. (About four minutes)

Part 2. (About three-and-a-half minutes.)

I’m particularly impressed by the technical aspects. There were elements of Public Enemies which were harder to look at. Not bad for $500. (I wonder if that scales: Could he make a feature for $6,000?)

As I said, check it out and forward it, blog it, retweet it, whatever.

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