THEY. ARE. FREE.

More detailed analysis soon.But for now: This is the breaking story on CNN.This day is the finest day I've seen in almost 18 years.The news of course is still using that word "satanic" to describe these crimes. May justice be done and the actual killer be apprehended as soon as possible.Rest in peace, Christopher, Stevie and Michael.Enjoy your new lives, Damien, Jason and Jessie. … [Read more...]

Breaking News on The West Memphis Three!

The last time I posted on the West Memphis Three here, a new hearing was in the works. But in a shocking turn of events, it was announced today that a hearing will take place tomorrow in Jonesboro circuit court that could possibly result in the RELEASE of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. The Arkansas Times news blog states that the court will hear pleas from the defendants in exchange for release, and that these pleas might still allow the defendants to maintain their … [Read more...]

Deadline Approaching for Starhawk Film Donations

Just four more days remain for making donations to Starhawk's film project, The Fifth Sacred Thing, based on her novel. The Kickstarter page has many donations but more are needed! The $60,000 goal has been met but since films of this scope will surely need a much larger budget than this (even small indie films typically cost several hundred thousand dollars), more money will come in handy. Even a dollar or two helps.This could be a very big deal for the pagan community and its representation on … [Read more...]

The Fifth Sacred Thing: Make the Dream a Reality

If you haven't heard, Starhawk's 1993 novel The Fifth Sacred Thing is being made into a film. The script is apparently already written, and there is a new Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to put together a package to pitch to a major filmmaking studio to secure funding. The money will be used for securing music rights and creating sketches of costume and other designs. The group organizing the campaign is also including a "Green Plan" for environmental accountability, in keeping with the … [Read more...]

Theofantastique Podcast: Conversation about BLACK DEATH

Finally, I got to see this hard-to-find film! Despite receiving fairly positive reviews (even the Final Girl blog gave it some positive press), the film has not been very enthusiastically distributed in the US. It didn't play very widely in theatres this year (only played at a Salem theatre near Boston, and not at all in the Albany area), so I finally found it at Red Box. John Morehead of Theofantastique asked if I'd like to do a podcast discussion about it, so we talked today. You can check out … [Read more...]

Drop Everything But Your Pants!

The news is that The Wicker Tree (Robin Hardy's new film based on his 1973 cult hit The Wicker Man has a distributor. Anchor Bay Entertainment will be distributing the film in the United States, and the film will also be a selection at this year's Cannes Film Festival. This according to Fangoria magazine (as reported by The Wild Hunt blog--which has given the film's development some excellent coverage--and shared at the Witchvox Facebook page, too). For a film that has struggled to procure … [Read more...]

Getting Medieval

Are we suddenly caught up in a flurry of things medieval? What with Game of Thrones and Camelot on television (this fun article weighs the merits of both shows), not to mention Your Highness and Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen in theatres, and both Centurion and The Eagle a few months ago (okay, those two weren't strictly medieval, but you get my point), you'd be not all that crazy to think so. Then there was Black Death which didn't really make the rounds as I'd hoped it … [Read more...]

American Gods Shapes Up to be…Good?

The announcement a few weeks ago that this adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel (about gods from the "old world" who send their avatars to America to foment a revolution to revitalize their potential devotees) would be directed by a "genius" filmmaker who has won "many many Oscars" (Gaiman's words) was exciting but confusing. You see, not very many directors have won more than one or two Oscars. And we were so hoping it wouldn't be Spielberg. But maybe for Gaiman, "winning" is the same … [Read more...]

Is Harvard Anti-Witch?

You may have seen this story making the rounds on the internet: Harvard University is hosting a "Social Transformation" conference put on by a student leadership organization known for its right-wing Christianity and anti-pagan views. The group's website doesn't present any obvious anti-pagan rhetoric, but stories on The Daily Kos (which includes a video of a scheduled speaker engaged in a beatific invocation aimed at driving out witchcraft from the land) and elsewhere (the Harvard Crimson calls … [Read more...]


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