Ok, people. This is seriously messed up. Some Tea Party people have decided to make a TV show and distribute it on DVD since, you know, popular culture is so mean to them. The makers of this TV show claim that mainstream TV shows people of faith as “half-wits”. I guess they’ve never watched one of my favorite TV shows, Friday Night Lights. Or any of the other numerous displays of faith in mainstream culture on the tee-vee…like star athletes kneeling to pray….
This is the Tea Party, so reality is not a strong suit. Anyway, these guys made a TV show to get back at us godless heathens. It is, naturally, inaccurate regarding history, but you probably would have assumed that when you learned that the lead character is “Sarah Pine”.
Here is the trailer:
The Hollywood Reporter weighed in rather kindly:
Hollywood tends to “depict conservatives and traditionalists and people of faith as halfwits,” says founder of Colony Bay, which will debut its first project, a drama set in Colonial America, at a premiere on Sunday.
Those who belong to the conservative movement known as the Tea Party are acutely aware of the power of popular culture, so they have been cautiously delving into the creation of entertainment that promotes their values. It usually manifests itself in snippets of online political parody. Coming Sunday, though, is perhaps the most ambitious effort yet: A “TV show” created by a couple of Tea Partiers who have formed their own production company.
The one-hour drama is called Courage, New Hampshire, and it premiers Sunday at a movie theater in Monrovia, Calif. Co-hosting the red carpet activities are Saturday Night Live alumna Victoria Jackson and radio personality Tony Katz, both of whom regularly speak at Tea Party rallies.
I have worked in TV and film my entire adult life, and I taught screenwriting for two semesters at a film school. I even wrote film reviews for a small website briefly, though my film professor at university might not appreciate knowing that as he was none too impressed with my failure to repeat the opinions of wiser critics. I actually got the worst grade I ever got in my entire college career in film history class. Still. I’ve worked on indie features and studio blockbusters. I’ve worked on projects of love (read no money) and commercial ventures. I’ve worked with talentless clowns and brilliant artists.
And I have never seen anything like this. Just never.
It’s been likened to a soap opera, but the silly seriousness and unavoidable pretension of the “cause” bring “Courage” to a new level of smarmy drama. If you cry at toilet paper commercials and think that the Koch Brothers are heroes for convincing you that Ayn Rand is Jesus, you might love this.
“Courage” falls down on the sword of its own blinded bias and self-regarded victimized cause (an amateur mistake usually reserved for teenagers who find their self-referential stories about parental failures the height of introspection and fascination), but tops that off with ugly lighting, a horrific sound mix, accents that come and go, old world language so awkward and self-consciously affected that even the decent actors can’t make it work, dinner theater costumes laid bare to the stitch by high def, a main actress in red ear rings in Colonial America (and this is supposed to be the Saint Sarah of the bastard baby character)……and just when you think you’ve seen it all, “Courage” stumbles over the most basic things like showing the California mountains in the background of what is supposed to be New Hampshire. If you’re screaming, “Just shoot it the other way!” the story is probably not working as intended.
And we haven’t even touched on the historical inaccuracies or the subject matter.
This is so bad it is must see TV.
They called it “Courage” because it takes real courage to show this to the public. This is the kind of courage only seen in tea bag wearing Medicare users screaming about socialized medicine in a public park. This is so deliciously bad, it might just explain why they can’t get their ideas mainstreamed.
And they don’t get a pass for the low budget. They had $120,000.00 plus free locations that came with the costumes and set dressing pretty much done. They must have spent all of that money on catering, because it sure as heck didn’t end up on the screen.
I’ve worked on projects with no budget that were beautiful and high budgets that sucked. But I’ve just never seen something like this before. If the Tea Party do politics like they do TV, this explains everything.