Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Fifth Sacred Thing: Make the Dream a Reality

If you haven't heard, Starhawk's 1993 novel The Fifth Sacred Thing is being made into a film. The script is apparently already written, and there is a new Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to put together a package to pitch to a major filmmaking studio to secure funding. The money will be used for securing music rights and creating sketches of costume and other designs. The group organizing the campaign is also including a "Green Plan" for environmental accountability, in keeping with the worldview of the novel.

The Kickstarter goal is $60,000, of which $3500 has already been raised on the first day. There are various incentives that go with donations, too, like t-shirts, posters and water bottles.

Starhawk is a longtime environental activist and pagan author whose nonfiction books The Spiral Dance and Dreaming the Dark were integral to the beginnings of neo-pagan movement in the 1980s.

Best of luck to Starhawk and her team, and let's all help to make this film project a reality!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Theofantastique Podcast: Conversation about BLACK DEATH

Finally, I got to see this hard-to-find film! Despite receiving fairly positive reviews (even the Final Girl blog gave it some positive press), the film has not been very enthusiastically distributed in the US. It didn't play very widely in theatres this year (only played at a Salem theatre near Boston, and not at all in the Albany area), so I finally found it at Red Box. John Morehead of Theofantastique asked if I'd like to do a podcast discussion about it, so we talked today. You can check out links to our conversation here: Listen by clicking this link, or you may download it here.

John is an academic specializing in religious studies, with a focus on paganism studies, and has a special interest in the horror genre. Of course you know this if you read his excellent blog regularly! John is also a Christian, and we've had some interesting conversations regarding different religious perspectives in film. It was great to finally talk to him "live" today about BLACK DEATH, a film I've been looking forward to seeing for months, and I look forward to more discussions with John about cinema and religion!

I also plan to post a review of the film this week, so keep an eye open. I'm sorry I haven't been posting here much in the last few weeks, I've had soem other projects and deadlines in the way, but there have definitely been some interesting developments in pagan media. More soon...