Guest Blogger: Justin Head

Colin Kaepernick protestJustin Head is a senior at the University of Central Missouri majoring in Digital Media Production with an emphasis in audio. He is currently taking an interest in Radio Production, Audio for Digital Cinema, and also studio engineering. He enjoys going to concerts with friends, listening to new music, and traveling across the country.

The Kaepernick Effect

Colin Kaepernick has had a very busy year throughout the NFL season last year and also through the media this year. Last NFL Season he decided to take a knee for the for the national anthem which sparked controversy not only throughout the NFL but throughout the entire country.

When asked about not standing for the national anthem, Kaepernick said “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” These are strong words coming from Kaepernick and while many applauded him for having the guts to take a knee during the National anthem, others such as the president of the United States despised it.

President trump went at Kaepernick by telling Fox News “I watched Colin Kaepernick, and thought it was terrible, and then it got bigger and bigger and started mushrooming, and frankly the NFL should have suspended him for one game, and he would have never done it again. They could have then suspended him for two games, and they could have suspended him if he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a problem. But I will tell you, you cannot disrespect our country, our flag, our anthem – you cannot do that”.

There were several other football players that publicly supported Kaepernick’s protest like NFL players Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks and Malcolm Jenkins from the Philadelphia Eagles. Kaepernick’s protest started at the end of the last NFL season and Kaepernick decided to depart from the San Francisco 49ers.

Kaepernick took a team to the super bowl and clearly has the talent to be on any NFL roster. Since he was the first to protest, teams do not want to sign him because of the media attention that he will bring, and also owners are telling their staff not to sign him. You can’t find an NFL analyst that says that Kaepernick doesn’t have the talent to be at least an NFL backup on all 32 NFL teams.


Many of the who took a knee for the anthem felt as if they wanted to get their messages across they would need a high profile white athlete to support their cause. One of the most popular athletes in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay packers, stated that “I think he should be on a roster right now. I think because of his protests, he’s not. I don’t understand what it’s like to be in that situation. What it is to be pulled over, or profiled, or any number of issues that have happened, that Kaepernick was referencing – or any of my teammates have talked to me about. … But I know it’s a real thing my black teammates have to deal with”. Aaron Rodgers then went on to say that he will support his teammates who choose not to stand and this was a great step forward in order to create change. As of right now, Kaepernick still remains without a job in the NFL and has filed a collusion case against the NFL.

Do you think we’ll see Colin Kaepernick in the NFL again?


Guest Blogger: Justin Head

Get-outJustin Head is a senior at the University of Central Missouri majoring in Digital Media Production with an emphasis in audio. He is currently taking an interest in Radio Production, Audio for Digital Cinema, and also studio engineering. He enjoys going to concerts with friends, listening to new music, and traveling across the country.

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The Sunken Place

When it comes to Social Justice Films a horror movie might not come to mind when thinking of one. Films like Do the Right Thing, Crash, The Shawshank Redemption, and Children of Men will come to mind when thinking of one. ‘Get Out’ is not your typical horror film and Social Justice Movie. It goes through the life of an African American male dating a white female in America.

Throughout this horror film the main character Chris notices something is off while visiting is white girlfriend’s parents in the woods. One of the first things he notices is that they have black housekeepers which remind him of slavery. Chris’ tries to go outsides for a cigarette and he finds one of the housekeepers charging at him and then runs away very furiously and he thinks it’s weird. Once Chris’ is back inside he has a talk with his girlfriend’s mother while sipping some tea. His girlfriend’s mother makes Chris open up to her by telling her about the day that his mother passed away while hypnotizing him and taking him into the ‘Sunken Place’. Chris wakes up the next morning thinking that it was all a dream but in actuality it was real.

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The next day at his girlfriend’s parents’ house there were people over there for some sort of gathering. Everyone wanted to meet Chris and asked him questions that they typically wouldn’t ask your everyday white male. Director Jordan Peele wanted the audience to see the racism through Chris’ eyes “It was very important to me to just get the entire audience in touch in some way with the fears inherent in being black in this country. Part of being black in this country, and I presume being any minority, is constantly being told that … we’re seeing racism where there just isn’t racism”. Peele portrayed the subtle racism beautifully throughout this film and in this film the scariest thing was racism instead of someone being physically attacked.

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As of right now we all live in a country where race relations are a topic of discussion throughout homes and cities and the timing of this movie coming out was also planned. When asked if the Black Lives Matter movement and also videos of police shooting unarmed black men, which opened the eyes of many white people to fears held by black men inform this movie, Jordan Peele stated “It did. I was making the movie in that period when Trayvon Martin was killed. What originally started as a movie to combat the lie that America had become post-racial became a movie where the cat is out of bag, and now we’re having this conversation. I realized I had to shift it a little bit. It became less about trying to create wokeness and more about trying to offer us a hero out of this turmoil, to offer escape and joy”.

At the end of this film there is a scene where Chris is trying to get away from this house after there are several dead bodies on the property. While Chris is trying to get away you see police lights flash and instantly your heart drops because normally in situations like this the black male gets arrested. Luckily in the end the person who saved him was his friend and everything turned out well.



Guest Blogger: Robyn James

Robyn James is a senior at the University of Central Missouri majoring in Digital Media Production with an emphasis in audio. She is currently taking an interest in Sports Broadcasting, Radio production, Film. She enjoys learning new things with her friends and traveling. She hopes to, one, make her name a brand as big as Oprah.



*LoveBaker EP – Daisy*

The Creative Space in Underground

The concept of film has been around for centuries. Probably even more. Way before we can even remember. From Charlie Chaplin, William Kennedy, and all the other important writer and directors in this wonder world of film! But an industry that never gets mentioned in film is the raw-underground-world of film. We hear about the struggles artist go through, but never really about the pain and heartache that comes with it. The beauty behind the madness.

I caught up with Saint Louis creatives, Chazz Booker, also known as Eaiyt, and producer LoveBaker, to chat with them about being an underground artist and how they view film?

Interview Questions –

Question: Define underground artist? And do you consider yourself an underground artist?

“ An underground artist to me is an artist who isn’t really mainstream with a more organic fan base. And yes I consider myself underground and I really would kinda remain. I feel like music is free expression and I’m more into inspiration and cultivating a sound.“

Question: When you think of the word “film,” what comes to mind?

“When I think of film I think of moments in time that we’ll have forever. I think of the history of our nation and how much was captured via video or camera. Film has allowed us to evolve into other elements of creative power. Film is seen as old and outdated to some while giving others edgy and classic feels. Film is an expression that captures the eye of many people.“

As you can see, in both responses, film, music, and artistry, in general is seen as dorm of expression. Whether that’s mainstream music or underground films. Both are worth your undivided attention.

Wanna know what’s also worth your attention, Love Bakers new short film, Daisy, based off his new eight track EP, Daisy. Go check it out.


Why Daisy’s?

“My projects are based off real life people and situations twisted with my own imagination. It’s my way of making music and that’s where my energy comes from. But Daisy is a person I met in a very passionate part of my life. Learning about myself. Heart breaks and sunsets changed my life. I met her through a few friends and just moved in with her. Just because I was having a hard time with my living situation. We really got along with each other and came up with a lot of goals. We were both heavily influenced on drugs and loved one another for this reason. Both shared love for negativity. Actually would prosper from it. She ended up running away from me. Never heard from her and she just left me in her home. So I just made a project from the pain from that.“



Just out of curiosity…..What feature classic feature length film do you think would fit the mold of SMJFF?

I love the creative freedom that comes with the SMJFF. It displays a scope for social problems we face without the Hollywood aspect. Not all about the glitz and glamour it really matters what the underlying message is. But have we ever stopped to think what films we already know and love would make a strong statement at the SMJFF? What classic films shows a strong plot for social issues? What film stands against typical Hollywood standards while remaining aesthetic pleasing and still has outstanding artistic integrity? Allow me to propose what film I feel would fit at the SMJFF is Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing”. Let me explain.


First off, DTRT takes place during the late 80’s on one of the hottest days in Brooklyn. Clever decision when we think about it because it makes perfect sense the tension displayed due to the irritable community experiencing the cruel heat. Peoples tempers are short and that exudes the perfect mood for the racial tension in the film. The main character is an even keeled kind of guy who is all about making his money. He appears cool calm and collected during the heat advisory which is impressive given the conditions they are facing. This was a good decision because it worked well for the overall vision of the film.




It put on full display the connections between the different demographic


s and police relationships. It does a good job of showing the senseless division when they are all the same, just all under a lot of stress from varying factors. It shows how cultures clash and make for one beautiful chaotic film. It also shows the relationship between young and old. All of the older characters are a lot wiser but the youth appeared to energetic and passionate, ready for action. It is symbolic because when the two came together it made for a powerful statement. Much like we need today in order to thrive as a society. This would be powerful for the SMJFF because i


t addresses a lot of the issues the other original submissions.

Aesthetically, it is one of the better artistic displays of its generation. The vibrant energy of the decade, amusing coloring, and stylistic dialogue in the form of soliloquy. I can appreciate the trash talking racist rants towards the end of the film because it shows the aggression and prejudice of all races but is put to shame by Samuel Jackson’s interjection, instructing everyone to take a chill. The other soliloquy performed by The Mayor is awesome in a sense that the lighting and the shot itself represents the conflict at the time. The opening credits shows the beautiful Rosie Perez dancing to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” in different eye catching attire. She is dressed as a boxer, biker, and sports a pretty red dress while dancing vibrantly in different colors. It insights the passion and energy displayed throughout the film and is eye catching aesthetically.


This is why I feel DTRT would be a good fit at the SMJFF.

Guest Blogger: Terrell Burrage

Terrell Burrage is a senior at the University of Central Missouri majoring in Digital Media Production with interests in all fields with an emphasis in audio. He is trying his hand out with other as well like Cinematography, Radio production, and scriptwriting. He enjoys music and culture and also enjoys finding the nuances of modern media. He wishes to own his own multimedia production company one day.






Art has no limits. It can mean 10 things to 10 different people. Art is subjective. One thing I struggled with growing up is bad words and explicit content being displayed on the screen. Everything from music to film has censorship obligations. I think it is safe to say that censorship exists to moderate between the product and the consumer. The art, whether it’s music or film, has to sit well with the consumer and the family in order to become a “household name”. If we look at the typical family, parents usually feel more comfortable with PG or PG-13. That narrows down the rate of consumption drastically as the lines are becoming more blurred. I say that to say this……..Why does censorship even Do we feel censorship compromises artistic integrity? How does the constitution come into play?



In 1915, the Supreme Court decided that film was not art due to the fact they are made to generate profit. So that prevents it from 1st Amendment protection. “In the case of Mutual Film Corporation v. Industrial Commission of Ohio, the judges reached a 9-0 decision that “The exhibition of moving pictures is a business, pure and simple, originated and conducted for profit…not to be regarded, nor intended to be regarded by the Ohio Constitution, we think, as part of the press of the country, or as organs of public opinion” (Durham Back in the day there was no refuting the stance they were taking on censorship. This lead them to develop the MPPDA (Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America organization. Now the government can oversee the regulations.


Now I think it is safe to say that film now has more of a social responsibility. Which is why we can have something like the Show Me Justice Film Festival. My question I would like to know is that can we get rid of censorship when it comes to artistic integrity in the realm of small festivals at least? If there is a message we want to clearly communicate to our audience do we need to dumb down or water down the substance just to make sure we don’t rub some folk the wrong way? Or should we have the freedom to express whatever message however we see fit in order to uphold the effectiveness of the art form? Is there a way to separate mainstream box office legalities on censorship from film festivals since they serve different purpose? Tell us what you think. All thoughts are welcomed here!



Guest Blogger: Winston Mackey

Winston Mackey is a junior at the University of Central Missouri studying Digital Media Production with a minor in Communication Studies. He is emphasizing in Audio and Live Studio & Remote Production. He loves music has a large library of over 3,000 songs and that collection is still growing. After school he would like to do something with audio because he loves to mess with audio of all kinds.


Movie Trailers

There are so many movie trailers that I cannot even count them all. It seems most movies have 4 or 5 main trailers. Then they have little ones for TV spots or short looping ads on Snapchat now (yes that’s a thing now, also I imagine it is hard to shoot something theatrical like that in a portrait mode since Snapchat is portrait only mode). Why so many? A reason I can think of is for the variety. Some people don’t want to watch just one trailer on all the platforms that these trailers go out to.

My Opinion on Trailers

As for my opinion I think we only need at most 2 trailers. I do not think the movie needs to share that much with us. If it is good then it really only needs one. If there are 5 trailers at let’s say two and a half minutes a piece then that would be twelve and a half minutes you have already seen of the movie. Sometimes what is in the trailers are not even in the film itself. I’ve been to movies almost anticipating that moment the whole time and it never came to be and I was like hey where was that one part where they were in the bar? Or something of that nature. I did not want to see Spiderman: Homecoming because I like the Tobey Spidermans that is what I grew up with I honestly did not need to see any more of him than I already have, but not the point I’m trying to make. I saw some trailers and I feel like they gave alot of that movie away. I didn’t need to see it even if I wanted to because I got enough information that kind of ruined my experience. Here is what I got from the trailers alone. Spiderman and Ironman have conflicts because Ironman thinks he just needs to focus on school and not fighting crime. Oh it wasn’t about the suit that makes Spiderman who he is either which is coming from the guy with a suit that makes up who he is. Yeah ironic. Spiderman does not follow any of Ironman’s helpful tips in life. Spiderman finds some bad guys with other animal personas and beats them up. There is a part where he is trying to pull a ship back together with his webbing. It’s not like I’ve seen Spiderman try to do anything with his web before cough cough Spiderman 2 and one of the Amazing Spiderman’s. Like I said I have seen a lot already. I imagine he does not die because he is the main character and heaven forbid they ever die nowadays. I imagine all the enemies are defeated too with the help of Ironman. So there’s my trailer experience for that film.

Tell me what you think?

Do you experience this? Do you even watch trailers? Do you watch one and say no more? Or are you just one of those people who looks at posters and IMDb to see who is in it and that’s it. If you want to watch a movie only watch one trailer or avoid it on the socials. It’s been fun blogging at ya! Have a wonderful day reader!

Guest Blogger: Winston Mackey

Winston Mackey is a junior at the University of Central Missouri studying Digital Media Production with a minor in Communication Studies. He is emphasizing in Audio and Live Studio & Remote Production. He loves music has a large library of over 3,000 songs and that collection is still growing. After school he would like to do something with audio because he loves to mess with audio of all kinds.


What exactly are the Movie Ratings

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Let’s see the last time I came out of the movies they had a ratings poster that showed all of them. (Pictured Above) They had: G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17, and  The PG means parental guidance. NC-17 is highest rated. Yeah R is not the highest. NC-17 you cannot let people in under 17 no matter what! It’s basically what X-rated used to be. Anything can happen and I mean anything. Honestly having NC-17 would’ve been useful for Deadpool (2016) because then parents who thought they could bring their kids (for some dumb reason) could not no matter what.

Now for why they suck and need to change the system (totally my opinion)

These ratings are put in place by the Motion Picture Association of America. On their website it says these ratings are a voluntary system! I honestly had no idea until I just looked it up! So you are telling me we are blindly following ratings that aren’t that well established when we absolutely don’t have to! That’s a load of crap! I am not saying we don’t need ratings we need some just not what we have now. The way it is now things can happen in PG-13 that are a little bit more graphic than R which that is ridiculous! NC-17 films aren’t really a thing because movie theater owners think of them as X rated which is synonymous to pornography. That is not what NC-17 is but that is still the thought process today so everyone just sticks to R as the “highest” rated then release the uncut or unrated version in their DVD. I mean if you can bring your kid to an R does the R really mean “restricted” anymore? In PG-13 you can say any cuss word you want except the big ones really. You can say the F-bomb exactly 1 time so if you’re going to say it.. I guess it should be impactful in some way? This is ridiculous here is what I propose we do about this messed up system.

Here is what I’d do if I were the head of MPAA

My rating system would be as follows:

G for General Audiences (you’re thinking we already have that what’s new). This rating would classify for everything PG too because seriously face it censorship and violence are being less and less watched over at younger and younger ages. I’ve seen 8 year olds say the F-bomb to their mother and they just laugh and videotape it. I’m not saying that’s a good thing at all! I am just saying we are desensitized to language and violence and do we really need a PG for that separation? For my G it would truly be general meaning generally everyone can be there. Honestly we can put movies like Captain America and Iron-Man in here. They were made for family even with the so called “violence”. There may even be a kiss here and there but really that’s not bad at all. Kids see that at home mostly if one of the parents leaves the other kisses them goodbye.

Something in the middle (don’t know what to call it) for ages 13 and above. There can be sexual situations in these movies but they never really go to the bedroom if you know what I mean. They can say anything they want F-bomb and all, an unlimited amount of times. No kids under 13 are allowed in. Movies that would go here could have drugs and stuff also. I can’t think of a good example to put here that doesn’t get that sexual but I’m sure there is one.

Then we have R which would truly be restricted for only 18 and up. That can have anything and everything in the movie. What is not going to happen is having a pornographic film in the theater let’s just keep that online. So anything but that it’s got to be a real movie with a narrative involved.


So there’s my rating system and really if you think you know better than me you can buy the DVD after the fact and watch it whenever you want in your own house. Hope you learned something, maybe you did, maybe you didn’t. If you didn’t then that proves you know more than me haha. But anyway goodbye and have a wonderful day reader!

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Guest Blogger: Lindsey Adell

Lindsey Adell is a senior at the University of Central Missouri studying Live Studio and Remote Production. She plans to dedicate a year of national volunteer service,  following graduation in December. After her service year, Lindsey would like to continue her education in Kansas City and obtain a master’s degree.


 When it comes to LGBT and television, we’ve come a long way. I remember as a child I hardly ever saw a gay character on t.v., not to mention, many of those times the representation was less than favorable. Now, the story is different. From Orange Is The New Black to Modern Family, LGBT is finally getting some of the positive recognition it deserves.

Asides from these shows, there is one series that has really stood out to me as being a raw representation of what specifically transgender life can be like. Transparent is an eight time Emmy Award winning Amazon series that highlights the life of a Jewish L.A. family, as the father Mort (played by Jeffrey Tambor) begins her transition to becoming Maura, the woman she always was.

Transparent displays the grueling process of a transgender transformation, as well as giving an insight into the injustice towards people who identify as transgender. Many times in the series, Maura is put in situations where she must interact with close-minded people. These tense and enlightening episodes are what really stand out as showing the raw truth of how cruel the world can be. From a strange checkpoint at the airport, to a doctor that will not put female on her charts, you get an insight into the pain and hurt that transgender people feel every day.

Throughout the series, you also follow the lives of Maura’s children and gain deeper insight into the family as a whole. By touching on the subjects of outside rejection and disappointment, you see the strength it takes to come out as yourself to your family and colleagues. But, there are growing moments in the show where you find yourself invested in the family and each of their struggles. You watch Maura as she finds her way towards self acceptance and expression that will pull on your heart strings, in only the best way possible.

And it’s not just transgender life that this show touches on. Each member of the family has a backstory, filled with real world sexual situations that they have to work through to find themselves. One daughter explores her sexuality and her future, as a son tries to piece together a sexual situation from his childhood that left him feeling broken. This show has truly been beneficial to me, because it has given me a better understanding of the LGBT community, and what I can do to make each person feel safe and loved the way that they are.

So, if you haven’t seen the show, I recommend you go watch it. You’ll be blow away by how much you thought you knew, and how much you still have to learn. Also, we all know you have amazon prime so there is no real excuse there. At the end of each season I watch, I like to ask myself what I’m doing to help, not only the transgender community, but the LGBT community in general. Have I offered support when needed? Am I supportive at all times or do I maybe turn a blind eye when someone is being intolerant? Am I living what I’m preaching? These question are something that all of us could have trouble answering. So go out, watch the show, and learn something new and enlightening about others, as well as yourself.


Guest Blogger: Dan Swoboda

Dan Swoboda is a Senior at the University of Central Missouri studying Digital Media Production trying to get into broadcasting. He has worked a few events on sports broadcasting, using it as practice towards his main goal of going to the music side of things. He currently produces and is an on-air talent for a radio show dedicated to alternative, punk, classic rock, and heavy metal type music on the schools online campus radio station.


People often question, why social justice is needed. Why social justice is a topic in the world. Social justice is not just something to be thrown around like politics. Social justice craves action. It craves desire to resolve wrong established inside of years of oppressive history. To answer to the wrongs done to us by our ancestors. To erase the fabrications of history that drives us apart. Read the rest of this entry

Guest Blogger: Dan Swoboda

Dan Swoboda is a Senior at the University of Central Missouri studying Digital Media Production trying to get into broadcasting. He has worked a few events on sports broadcasting, using it as practice towards his main goal of going to the music side of things. He currently produces and is an on-air talent for a radio show dedicated to alternative, punk, classic rock, and heavy metal type music on the schools online campus radio station.


I grew up in a small town. Extremely close-knit neighborhood where everybody knows everybody and everybody calls you friend. It was a small town about 45 minutes away from St. Louis. I’d go into St. Louis a few times a year as kid to go to Cardinal’s baseball games all the time. I’ve been starting to go more and more to Blues games as well now that I have a schedule to balance around them school wise.

One of the biggest challenges now with St. Louis is the recent outbreak of protests. People marching up and down the streets protesting about the case between Jason Stockley and the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. I watched these news stories with great concern, because St. Louis really doesn’t get featured in the news besides sports. Watching protestors march on streets I used to be able to watch cars drive down on a busy summer afternoon before first pitch, seeing crowds of people where I’m used to seeing a lone hot dog vendor, seeing a line of policemen where before stood a line of people tailgating.


To be proud of a city is an image. To love a city is inspiration. To fill a city with disarray is tragic. To destroy a city is madness. As crowds fill the streets it becomes a threat to the people that make up the city, the inhabitants that make this city so great. For fear of safety, entertainment groups had to cancel performances for fear of security concerns.

Compare these to actions that happened in Ferguson however. This has been a more tame display of public protesting compared to Ferguson. There hasn’t been anyone jumping on police cars, no buildings have been looted, no property destroyed. In St. Louis, actions have been civil, with protestors gathered to march and shout their feelings to the skies, rather than use aggression to get their point across.

St. Louis Immigration Rally 2/4/2017

However looking at the tensions, people blame police brutality for not only the cause of protests, but for turning the simple marching protests into acts of supposed aggression.

People blame the police for militarizing a simple protest, coming with riot gear and spraying tear gas into the crowd of marching civilians. Stories on both sides see as each side is in the wrong. Police believe they are calming down a mass gathering of people to keep the peace, while protestors see the police as establishing force on a peaceful right to protest.

Actions of violence is established from both viewpoints as well. The media has exploited film of cops cracking down on “violent” protestors, as well as protestors getting “attacked” by police in “brutal displays of law enforcement”.