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“This is the turning point for the Right to Life movement…Someday, future generations of Americans will look back and wonder how and why such a seemingly enlightened society could have permitted the extermination by abortion of over 60 million babies. But history and survivors will note that you stood your ground. You pushed back and endured any and every sacrifice, any and every smear so that the least of these might live.” - Congressman Chris Smith

New York Times actually provided full coverage (video here) AND they called it a March for Life (not an anti-abortion march). I’m impressed.

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Gay Icons Book Design (designed by True North)

A limited edition book for the National Portrait Gallery London, entitled Gay Icons. It explores gay social and cultural history through the unique personal insights of six high profile gay figures, including Sir Elton John and Sir Ian McKellen.

The solution avoids anything remotely camp and is deliberately underplayed. Each of the six contributors are represented by a coloured ribbon, which provides navigation to their particular section of the book. The six ribbons combine to make a representation of the gay pride rainbow flag, symbolically uniting all six figures through a common cause - gay prides.

“Chassis & Crossbow”, Low-Tech Autoduelling in Car Wars by Chris Smith, Norman Banduch, and Scott Haring, illustrated by George “Speed” Webber, from Autoduel Quarterly V1, N3, Steve Jackson Games, November 1983.

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton [2017, Dir: Chris Smith]

“You think I’m kidding, you think it’s a bit, but it’s not… I’m gonna do it, whether the cameras are rolling or not.”

IMDB: 8.1 Rotten Tomatoes: 100% Personal Rating: 8/10

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

Director Chris Smith’s fascinating deep dive into actor Jim Carrey’s time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman. Using approximately 100 hours of footage shot on the set of Man on the Moon documenting Carrey’s transformation into Kaufman for four months.

Jim Carrey earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for the performance, but many of the production’s most Kaufmanesque moments played out behind the scenes, thankfully captured on video by Andy’s former girlfriend, Lynne Margulies and former writing partner, Bob Zmuda. In Jim & Andy, Carrey looks back at the resulting footage 18 years later, reflecting on how he and Andy came up in oddly parallel universes, his experience channelling Andy and Tony and more broadly the spiritual journey of his career.

Directed by:   Chris Smith

Release date:   November 17, 2017