The President Goes to Heaven (2011), cTom, and Outsider Cinema feat. Lenny Flatley

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In this special episode, we spotlight one of our all time favorite directors who barely gets any coverage in press, even by fans of obscure cinema. We’re changing that today! cTom is one of the aliases of a mysterious film director who had an incredible run of directing six feature films from 2011-13. These are extremely low budget productions, starring unknown actors, but the conceptual scope of all of them is extremely ambitious. Our personal favorite is THE PRESIDENT GOES TO HEAVEN, a satire about a former United States president who falls into a coma and converts to Islam while unconscious and awaiting an illegal organ transplant. C Tom’s politics are basically impossible to pin down, because his writing is pretty incoherent, but the way this film blends webs of conspiracy theories, theological discussions, and toilet humor makes for an endlessly compelling watch. Our friend, reporter and author Lenny Flatley, shares our appreciation for C Tom, so we’re excited to have him back on to talk about the director’s work, and Lenny’s own upcoming book New Age Grifter: The True Story of Gabriel of Urantia and His Cosmic Family, which comes out on August 17, 2021.

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