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#69: The Department of Homeland Cinema

June 19, 2006

Notes from the Manager

Thank you, NPR. I woke up this morning and the first story I heard gave me the idea for this strip—no fishing around for an idea this time! It was prompted by some artist (whose name I can't recall) saying something about how state-sponsored art was not a good thing… which Jason obviously disagrees with, although not without reservations.

UPDATE (6/19): You learn something new every day. A name-drop by a reader (Steerpike by name) over in the forums lead me to this page, which informed me that the US government did produce some films under the New Deal—although not under the Works Progress Administration. The Resettlement Administration apparently produced Films of Merit, a series of documentaries, overseen by Pare Lorentz. I'll have to see if I can find any of them.


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This apparently hit big at Sundance, and who doesn’t like Jean-Ralphio’s sister on Parks & Rec? Okay, maybe a lot of people, but Jenny Slate is fuckin’ funny. Anyway. Obvious Child is an indie comedy-drama about a young potty-mouth comedian (Slate) who finds out she’s pregnant and… just watch this.

Obvious Child was written and directed by Gillian Robespierre. It hits theaters on June 6, 2014. It’s so indie, its official movie site is on Tumblr.

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