Author Archive for John Lichman

Porno Dan’s Adventures at Slamdance

The Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is kind of like Sundance—the film gathering it competes with each year—but condensed to a single hotel. And Dan Leal—the subject of the Slamdance selection Danland—is kind of like the porn industry, but condensed to a single basement.
Or, at least, that's how Dan Leal became Porno Dan—by [...]

Environmental Film Festival: Ghost Town

The follow-up punch to tonight's screening of Disorder, Zhao Dayong's Ghost Town is a three-part deconstruction of how the past is quite literally being left to fend for itself.  Split up into three distinct stories—"Voices," "Recollections," and "Innocence"—Dayong film takes us deep into the remnants of a village nearly hidden among the mountains. Streets are [...]

Environmental Film Festival: Into Eternity, Reviewed

It goes without saying that the last week inspired more fear and confusion about nuclear power than all the giant apocalyptic monsters and nuked fridges in the world could  ever muster. But the most terrifying part? Nuclear power is going to outlive the human race.
Michael Madsen—no relation to the occasional actor and poet—tackles this in [...]