"Smart, funny, entertaining, insightful, and surprising."
—The New Yorker
"[Hoyle] channels just plain folks with compassion and respect"
—The New York Times
Escaping his hipster bubble in San Francisco, Dan Hoyle spent 100 days searching to bridge the divide between the liberal, achingly hip, moral-relativism of gentrified city life and the conservative, absolutist, often aggressive populism he found in small-town America. The Real Americans tells of Hoyle's time living out of his van and sleeping in backyards and parking lots, sharing meals and conversations with cowboys, Reaganite union coal miners in Appalachia, soldiers, rural drug dealers in the Mississippi Delta, itinerant preachers, creation theory experts in West Texas, and closeted gay fundamentalists. Appreciative of their hospitality and perplexed by their way of life, Hoyle sought to see the world through their eyes in search of country wisdom.
“A+” “Khaja is utterly transporting, taking us deep into the psyches of seemingly diverse individuals who are all scarred by their conflicted feelings toward Pakistan, just as the country itself, a nation born of Islamic idealism, has been torn by a host of internal and external forces.”
CRITICS’ PICK! “Four Stars” “Khaja is a wonder, effortlessly slipping in and out of different personalities, genders, costumes and viewpoints”
—Time Out NY
In 2007, Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto returned from exile to unite a nation bitterly divided. Taking place minutes before her assassination, Shaheed explores Pakistan’s complex relationship with the U.S., the depths of religious fundamentalism, and a people’s struggle to reclaim their nation, freedom, and faith.
Directed by Bob Balaban With Jim Bracchitta, Amelia Campbell, Bruce Kronenberg, Curtis McClarin, April Yvette Thompson, JD Williams
"Ten years after its New York premiere, The Exonerated still has the power to unsettle."
- The New York Times New York Times Critic's Pick
"The Exonerated remains possibly the best example of this particular style of docu-theater ... speaks powerfully to both mind and heart."
- The New York Post
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Culture Project’s New York premiere of The Exonerated, a ground-breaking dramatization of the real-life stories of six individuals who were sentenced to death and later freed amidst overwhelming evidence of their innocence. It is a powerful play culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and court records of individuals on death row. As timely as ever, The Exonerated is once again poised to increase visibility and to create a sense of urgency as part of a rising movement to restore justice to a system that has shown itself time and again to be deeply flawed. Since 1989, when the first DNA exoneration took place, an additional 292 post-conviction DNA exonerations have been won in 36 states.
"Political, provocative Impact festival packs a punch"
- Downtown Express (IMPACT 2006)
Beginning July 14 through late August, Culture Project’s mainstage will be offered to artists, activists, musicians, directors, economists, provocateurs, filmmakers, patriots and visionaries. The festival will consist of documentaries, satirical political comedy, music, theater and new art created by emerging and established artists along with provocative conversations focusing on subjects crucial to the decision making process and the preservation of our democracy and constitution.
With Panelists Eliot Spitzer, Matt Taibbi, Ron Suskind, Van Jones, Heather McGhee, and Jesse LaGreca. Readings by Anna Khaja, Steven Pasquale, and Charles Parnell
On March 27th, 2012, Culture Project staged and live-streamed an ambitious program called Blueprint for Accountability: The Wall Street Washington Connection, hosted by The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University, confronting the economic crisis in the United States and provoking fresh dialogue about the role of financial and corporate powers in the political and democratic life of this country. The series assembled some of the most important and influential voices of our time.
On a snowy Easter Sunday, Monica embarked on a bicycle journey across the vodka-soaked roads of Poland in search of the man who haunts her, a man of power, genius, fame and violence; her grandfather. Along her path, she squats and pogos with anarchist punks in old factories, barely escapes a knifing by Neo-Nazis, hides in churches and is hypnotized in a para-theatrical workshop. You will be led by many eccentric guides through this surreal landscape; a mohawked bike messenger, the ghost of a Norwegian bride, a girl with a third eye and your bewildered hostess, Monica Dudárew Ossetynska Hunken, heiress to cult and Slavic royalty.
Photo: Hunter Canning