Arts Express: Doc Director Rachel Boynto Talks Big Men And Oil Lust In Africa

Arts Express Crime Scenes Edition

Big Men: Director Rachel Boynton talks US oil exploitation in Africa, stretching from Texas to Nigeria and Ghana. And how she managed to infiltrate oil oligarch boardrooms and subversive jungle hideaways alike; what her documentary says about capitalism; and why Brad Pitt became involved in the movie.


The Cold Lands: Actress Lili Taylor, best known for her roles in Mystic Pizza, as Edna Ferber in Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle, and as radical feminist writer and failed assassin Valerie Jean Solanas in I Shot Andy Warhol, phones in. Discussing how the land itself in this dramatic feature serves as a prominent character in its own right, resurrecting the buried history of the US Anti-Rent Resistance Movement of the 19th century.

And, people’s performer David Rovics on guitar in his musical depiction of that insurrectionary time with his song, Landlord.

Music Corner: UK poet, pianist and performing artist John Clare explores the fusion of sound and music in words. And the notes looking for some mysterious answer to ‘a question that has not yet been asked.’

Prairie Miller is a New York multimedia journalist online, in print and radio, who reviews movies and conducts in-depth interviews. She can also be heard on WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network’s Arts Express.