Trash Cannon: Episode 1 – Crazy Fat Ethel 2

Friend of the show, Early Modern historian and cinema iconoclast Chad Denton has launched his new podcast, Trash Cannon. For some reason, he asked me to guest star on the inaugural episode, discussing the occasionally-notorious Criminally Insane 1 and 2 – better known by their much better titles Crazy Fat Ethel 1 and 2. We explore independent cinema of the mid-70s and late-80s, the decline of the California state mental health system (thanks, Ronnie), the collaborations between director Nick Millard and titular star Priscilla Alden, a San Francisco that’s long-since passed into memory, and much more. Check it out – like, share subscribe – and stay tuned.

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