Brad Mays is married to a PUMA (!) and fancies himself a bit of a filmmaker. Those of us following the PUMA saga for a while know that he was commisioned to film a “documentary” for the PUMAs called “The Audacity of Democracy,” and he just released the latest trailer for the film.Now, at times Brad has appeared more reasonable than some of his PUMA associates, and he’s drawn fire from them on occasion. Althought the PUMAs thought it was to be a pro-PUMA “documentary,” he has at times seemed to prevaricate a bit about the narrative of the film.
The first trailer that was released was so bizzare that he claimed it was a very rough cut and was never supposed to be public. He also claimed that some of the stuff was just a joke and not really part of the film (professionalism!). Anyway, as you can see in the latest trailer (above), this film is a fucking mess.
This trailer barely makes any sense to me, someone who’s been watching PUMAs since before they coined the term. I can only imagine what mess it would look like to somebody fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with the players, let alone the topic. in this trailer, NOBODY is introduced or identified. Who the fuck are half of these people? We’re supposed to be intriqued because some ugly redhead was emailing Markos and warning of “intruders?” I know it’s Riverdaughter, but most wouldn’t. Or we’re supposed to have doubts about Obama’s motives because an unidentified tool says it “felt like they were campaigning against Republicans and specificaly Rove?” Evidence, people!
And why is that nonsensical Darragh Murphy story about being asked to kill Obama in there at all? Didn’t Mays apologize for that already? It has nothing to do with anything. He clearly thinks it’s a nice hook, because apparently he realizes that the pathetic PUMA soap opera isn’t really interesting to most people.
Furthermore, he seems to be editing Tommy Christopher, of the AOL political machine and Yes To Democracy rather unflatteringly. There are hours of footage of Christopher discussing the PUMA bullshit with them calmly while they jerk him around and act childish, but the only footage in the trailer is Tommy cursing. Which brings up the fact that if that time that Murphy jerked him around so she didn’t have to answer questions is worth 30 seconds in the trailer, I can only imagine how banal the film must be.
And what was with that rapping kid at the end? Just a cheap shot at Obots I guess? It made about as much sense as anything else in that trailer, which is to say not very much.
Anyway, Mays sometimes likes to flit around and respond to his critics. Here’s hoping that he could explain to somebody what the fuck he was thinking with this trailer. It’s like he took the earlier 10 minute one and randomly cut out a two thirds of it. Me thinks he’s not taking this PUMA project very seriosly. I mean, come on, did he edit this on his iPhone?
[Update]I see DancesWithPumas notices that the trailer doesn’t make any fucking sense if you’re not already drinking PUMA koolaid (or laughing at it).
“I think the trailer is well done. I’m not sure how a first time viewer would respond, or understand.”