Author Archive: Matthew Vasiliauskas

Matthew Vasiliauskas is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. In 2009, he was awarded the Silver Dome Prize by the Illinois Broadcast Association for best public affairs program as producer of the Dean Richards Show at WGN Radio. His work has appeared in such publications as The Pennsylvania Review, Berlin's Sand Literary Journal and the University Of Wyoming's Owen Wister Review. Matthew currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Turn on the Radio: An Interview with Kasi Lemmons

Turn on the Radio: An Interview with Kasi Lemmons

| July 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

In April of 1963, after a series of restaurant sit-ins and public protests in Alabama, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and confined to a small prison cell at a Birmingham jail. There, using discarded newspaper and a small notepad that was smuggled into him, King began […]

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An Interview with Guy Maddin: Brand Upon the Brain

An Interview with Guy Maddin: Brand Upon the Brain

| May 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

In many cases, it is the often-warped remembrances of childhood that provide the greatest examples of joy, intrigue and fear. Looking back on one’s adolescence is like opening a pop up book, where the distorted, fantastical characters and events transport the individual to some of the most mystifying regions of the imagination. Perhaps someone who […]

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Brick

Brick

| March 24, 2006 | 0 Comments

Within the fog-filled alleyways and decrepit hotel rooms of a city at midnight exists the brooding world of the noir genre. It is a land populated by blackmail, violence and lust. A world that ashes a cigarette while salivating over a blonde’s luscious, red lips. Along with dialogue that can strike a blow as hard […]

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

| March 7, 2006

Perhaps one of the most intriguing and controversial topics plaguing the international public these days is the issue of stem cell extraction and development. The idea of curing diseases and the construction of limbs and organs certainly appears to be a worthy endeavor, despite the criticisms from religious sects and governmental bodies. And although the […]

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Dirty Work

Dirty Work

| February 17, 2006 | 0 Comments

It’s no secret that Abraham Lincoln was an avid theater-goer, and especially admired the works of William Shakespeare. What is more of an unknown fact though, is a chance encounter President Lincoln had with John Wilkes Booth prior to the infamous assassination incident. On November 9, 1863, President Lincoln saw Booth playing Raphael in Charles […]

Match Point

Match Point

| January 16, 2006

It was nearly 3 o’clock, when I sat down at a corner table and talked to Tom. Of course that wasn’t his real name, because his Christian name was something he preferred not to mention. Although his identity remained a mystery, his thoughts and attitude consumed the restaurant like exhaust on a summer sidewalk. He […]

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Good Night, and Good Luck

Good Night, and Good Luck

| October 15, 2005 | 0 Comments

Italicized portions refer to comments spoken by David Strathairn. German born Paul Nipkow developed a rotating-disc technology to transmit pictures over wire in 1884 called the Nipkow disk. This was the very first electromechanical TV scanning system ever produced. Over a century later, what started out as a primitive and simplistic idea, has now blossomed […]

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Green Street Hooligans

Green Street Hooligans

| September 12, 2005 | 0 Comments

Perhaps it is just the warped fantasy of a cinephile, but there has always been something deeply romantic and magical about seeing a film in a theater you have never been before. The plush, velvet seats and the tantalizing aroma of popcorn, seem to engulf the senses of the unsuspecting movie-goer, as the wide-eyed stares […]

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Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

| September 10, 2005 | 0 Comments

Illumination And Insight At The Peninsula *Italicized portions refer to moments spoken by Elijah Wood For some strange and almost cosmic reason, it takes an extremely privileged individual to successfully pull off the act of smoking. According to the Huron Indian legend, in ancient times, when the land was barren and the people were starving, […]

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Broken Flowers

Broken Flowers

| August 5, 2005 | 0 Comments

On May 16th 1933, in the small town of Alton, Pennsylvania, there is the account of the shooting of one Mr. William T. Jewell. Mr. Jewell was strolling down Harper Street, when all of a sudden, an unruly man simply named Heath, drew forth from behind a building and shot poor Mr. Jewell with a […]

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