The Conspiracy Show

“The Conspiracy Show,” designed and printed by Muffy Brandt

“The Conspiracy Show,” designed and printed by Muffy Brandt

In this Extended Play moment of transnational-global enviro-politcal crisis, it’s become readily apparent to most of us that They are to blame. After all, They’ve got satellites to control the weather and pesticides to control crop production and lasers to control upstart socialist republics. They’ve got moles in the media and undercover bikers in the Hell’s Angels and can it really be just a co- incidence that John Tower, Hale Boggs, General Omar Torrijos, Mel Carnahan, Paul Wellstone, and JFK Jr (all outspoken critics of the US Government) died in small plane crashes? As for you and me, They’ve been listening to our conversations since before the telephone was invented, and They’ve been reading the newspaper over our shoulder ever since they put those silver spheres in the sky. They’re watching us, but we’re watching ‘em back, and Magic Lantern has the films to prove it. We’ve got tales of underground big pharma resistance networks, of CIA-authorized LSD brainwashing, and a secret document of American interference in Central America that proves that Space Aliens and the CIA were behind it all. So come on over – we’ll know if you don’t…

Featuring: Apple Grown in Wind Tunnel by Steven Matheson (26:00, video, 2001), Not Too Much Remember by Tony Gault (11:00, 16mm, 2003), Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America by Craig Baldwin (48:00, 16mm, 1991)

SYNOPSIS:

Apple Grown in Wind Tunnel by Steven Matheson (26:00, video, 2001) This microscopic film noir follows the activities of an underground network of ill people, desperate to create alternative methods of self-care in a world where natural resources are disappearing. While examining the meaning of health, disease, and well-being in post- industrial culture, “Apple” imagines the development of a culture at the margins, linked by illicit radio broadcasts, toxic waste sites, the highway, and ultimately by the overwhelming desire to find a cure.

“To the immune system in the 21st century, here’s a sublime video elegy; a tale of illness, and grass-roots conjuring against the contemporary malaise. This riveting toxic-road-movie seeps and slouches forward in search of a cure.” – Craig Baldwin

Not Too Much Remember by Tony Gault (11:00, 16mm, 2003) “Maybe it’s the CIA and the LSD that they gave ”Richard,” or maybe it’s America and its vast imagery screwed into our brains and restructuring our identity. Whatever “it” is, get ready for a found footage film that deconstructs the mighty power of narratives and their pervasive effect on the formation of consciousness.” –S. Gallagher, Cinematexas

Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America by Craig Baldwin (48:00, 16mm, 1991) Every imaginable scrap of found footage, re-filmed TV and industrial sound is obsessively organized into 99 paranoid rants, together constituting a psychotronic pseudo-pseudo-documentary that desperately details the hidden history of alien intervention in Latin America. A melange of satire, political fantasy, and black comedy, the film takes on crack-pot paranoid theories, environmental deconstruction, and CIA intervention — and more — all in one shot. With a sci-fi plot suggesting that current unrest can be blamed on space aliens who live under U.S. atomic test sites, the film illustrates its lurid comic drama with images culled from everything from newsreels to Mexican horror flicks. This film suggests that conspiracy thinking is a Frankenstein monster which inevitably destroys its creator – first you have the conspiracy theory, and then the conspiracy theory has you…