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Posted by Lindsay Harrop at 2:39PM   |  3 comments
A screencap from "George Bush Don't Like Black People"

Blog posting written by Lindsay Harrop, Cinema & Photography '13, FLEFF Intern, McMinnville, Oregon

Philip Mallory Jones just wrapped his meet-up in Park 220 and now we're on to a conversation with filmmaker Franklin Lopez! 

Franklin started out by screening his video "George Bush Don't Like Black People" which he made following Hurricane Katrina and went viral almost immediately. It's a great commentary on the US Government's response to the catastrophe in New Orleans and very much in line with the angry, youthful spirit that a lot of people were feeling at the time.

FL: I was in Atlanta at the time Katrina hit and I was as pissed as anyone. I heard about some people in Houston who took Kanye West's new single "Golddigger" and his statement "Goerge Bush doesn't care about black people" and looped and free-styled it. So then I found hours and hours of Katrina footage and edited this together. I put it online and soon the New York Times got a hold of it and then my server crashed from all the attention.

A: What kind of response did you get?
FL: With this video? It was awesome. I got a lot of bashing on the YouTube page and racist feedback too, which really reminded me that we have a long way to go with anti-racism in this country.

One of my favorite things Frank's said so far is, "I'm not trying to make a living. I'm trying to react. All the work I do is activist with an affinity toward anti-authoritarian."

We're moving on to Frank's video "Why I Love Shoplifting from Big Corporations," a video inspired by an anarchist zine from Crime Think. Also a really interesting one to check out whether you're in Park right now, or anywhere else in the world.

There's a lot of great energy down here in Park 220 and I for one am having a really great time. Frank Lopez is definitely at the center of the new wave of digital and video activism and commentary and I can't wait to be a part of the discussions he's starting.

Franklin will also be screening his movie END:CIV TONIGHT at Cinemapolis at 9:00pm and will be around after for more discussion. If what we've seen so far today is any precursor, it's going to be an awesome experience and I for one can't wait! See you there!



An absolute hit, GBDLBP is not only a great example of viral new media but also the power of collision montage and concise argument. This film is powerful and dramatic.

GBDLBP is an incredible short film. It is a perfect synthesis of sound an image that is always (and obviously) in service to a larger conceptual/political idea. We need more political films like this one.

I really liked the directness of this short film. It is inspiring that Frank's work is motivated by his drive to be an activist and not to make money. So many individuals measure up their level of success based on wealth and material rewards instead of doing what they know is right deep down.

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