This Wednesday, Drew Christie, a filmmaker who is nominated for Genius Award in Film and is receiving national attention, will be at the Flickering Genius with two other nominees (Shaun Scott and Megan Griffiths) and David Schmader. Because Drew Christie's films involve a lot of historical, social, and scientific facts, he is constantly researching neglected or forgotton parts of American culture. And because he is as much a researcher as a filmmaker, he makes a wonderful conversationalist. On the two occasions I've had drinks with him, he filled my head with the strangest ideas, information, and stories about America's past and present. He not only knows a lot, he also loves discussing/sharing the what he knows or what he is working on with great humour and depth. Recall my post Drew Christie on Guns:
During a conversation I had with Drew Christie: "This blew the shit out of my mind. You know how anti-gun control people love westerns. But I recently read that lots of cities back then actually banned guns. They had signs that said: Leave your guns at the sheriff's office. They knew guns are fucking dangerous. You can't have a city with commerce, with governance, and people walking around drunk with guns.
Also, the NRA, the gun-crazy organization, wasn't always so nuts. It actually supported the 1934 legislation that controlled Tommy guns, sawed-off guns, and stuff like that. The NRA was more a sportsman kind of thing. They wanted the right to have guns for hunting. But in 1976, that all changed. There was a coup that replaced the sane leaders with ultra-right gun nuts. They changed the whole organization, made it more political, brought in the lobbyists and funding from the gun industry."
Christie's point? Gun advocates are not restoring an older and more American order of things but mostly inventing shit as they go along.