Al Gore: The Academy is Calling!
Often touted as a haven for liberals, Hollywood is constantly perpetuating the views of the left. Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd, both accomplished veterans of the entertainment industry, explore the politics and culture of the heart of Hollywood. Whether they are dissecting the latest blockbuster release, delving into the rich archive of cinematic history, or paying tribute to outstanding filmmakers who are proponents of conservative values, Poliwood takes a fresh look atHollywood’s political past, present, and future.
About the Hosts:
Now CEO of Pajamas Media and PJTV, for most of his life Roger L. Simon was a professional novelist and screenwriter. He has published eleven books – among them the multiple award-winning Moses Wine detective series, which has been translated into over a dozen languages. In 2009, he published his first non-fiction book, Blacklisting Myself: Memoir of a Hollywood Apostate in the Age of Terror. As a screenwriter, he is the author of The Big Fix (from his own novel), Bustin’ Loose and Scenes from a Mall (with Paul Mazursky), among other films. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1989 with Mazursky for their adaptation of Isaac Singer’s Enemies, A Love Story. In 1997, he directed the independent feature Prague Duet, which he co-wrote with his wife Sheryl Longin.
Simon’s journalism has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, LA Weekly and the National Review. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America and as president of the West Coast branch of PEN. He has taught screenwriting at the American Film Institute and the Sundance Institute. He began a blog in 2003 that led to the birth of Pajamas Media, which he co-founded with Charles Johnson.
Lionel Chetwynd’s over 40 feature and long-form television credits and 21 documentaries have received both Oscar and Emmy nominations, six Writers Guild of American nominations (including an award), the New York Film Festival Gold Medal, two Christophers, two George Washington Freedom Medals, six Telly Awards and has been recognized by American Friends for Yad Vashem. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Chetwynd to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. In 2004 he received The Caucus of Television Writers, Producers and Directors Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the recipient of the John Singleton Copely Medal.