Hey all, Patrick here. This episode originally came out on April 1st
Jim normally does these show write-ups but this time around he insisted that I do it, saying (and I quote) “I don’t want to hear another fucking word about Coleman Francis ever again.” The reason why will soon become apparent as you listen to this episode about the man himself. We were lucky (no, blessed), to have prestigious professor of film and author of the upcoming book “The Franciscan: The Beast Of The Hollywood System" Manx (yes, that’s his whole name) with us in person to discuss the history and films of Coleman Francis, one of the greatest and most underrated filmmakers in American history.
Focusing on his magnum opus The Beast of Yucca Flats we dove into the controversial and groundbreaking techniques that Francis utilized to create almost hidden art films that dove into the very heart of humanity, technology, and the basest most animal instincts that connect us and tear us apart. And speaking of tearing us apart, somehow Jim didn’t catch on all the heartbreaking nuance and depth that The Beast of Yucca Flats had to offer, and it caused a bit of tension. Yelling may have happened. There may or may not be a next episode. Check back in 2 weeks to see if we patch things up or not. Email us if you want:
Footnote: Very special thanks to Daniel Kibblesmith for putting us in touch with Manx.