In Smog and Thunder

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Directed by Sean Meredith, In Smog and Thunder is a mockumenary chronicling the events surrounding a recent fictional civil war between two groups of Californian citizens, namely, Los Angeles and San Francisco residents whose animosity towards one another spiraled out of control until war broke out amongst them. With some invaluable help from the modern soldiers, citizens, traffic reporters, colonels, generals, and gardeners involved in this battle, an eccentric historian gives his version of the long-term ...
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Directed by Sean Meredith, In Smog and Thunder is a mockumenary chronicling the events surrounding a recent fictional civil war between two groups of Californian citizens, namely, Los Angeles and San Francisco residents whose animosity towards one another spiraled out of control until war broke out amongst them. With some invaluable help from the modern soldiers, citizens, traffic reporters, colonels, generals, and gardeners involved in this battle, an eccentric historian gives his version of the long-term conflict between the two cities.
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Special Features

Alternate takes and outtakes; Movie trailer; TV interview with the filmmakers; Sandow Birk's original museum audio tour; Gallery of the battle paintings and propaganda posters
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/6/2004
  • UPC: 022891204893
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Eclectic Dvd Dist.
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meagan Fay
Huell Howser
Kit Pongetti
Mark Ritts
Paul Zaloom
Technical Credits
Sean Meredith Director, Producer
Sandow Birk Screenwriter
Paul Zaloom Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Powder Keg Ignites [3:56]
2. The Battle of San Francisco [4:05]
3. San Fransicso Strikes Back [8:51]
4. The Tide Turns [15:40]
5. The Season's Cancelled [5:49]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Extras
      Original Audio Tour
      Outtakes
      Trailer
      TV Interview
      Slideshow
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smog vs. Fog

    As much a satire on popular history as California Culture, 'Smog' uses the brilliantly ironic paintings of Los Angeles painter Sandow Birk to chronicle the history of the make-believe war in a style meant to ridicule the documentary style of public-TV icon Ken Burns. Birk paints contemporary imagery in the overcooked romanticism of the Napoleanic era - imagine generals heroically portrayed on horseback carrying Big Gulps and wearing 49ers jackets while the horse sports corporate logos. Like the imagery of war created before the birth of photography, Birk's paintings tend to the grandiose. He's particularly fond of the epic battleground scenes, enormous smoky landscapes filled with partisans engaged in hand-to-hand combat. But instead of carrying the banners of nationalism, Birk's crowds are more likely to line-up behind banners of absurdly rampant consumerism like 'Ask me about free checking.' In case you were asleep in history class, here's how the California Civil War went: Amidst growing tensions between North and South, fueled by hostile rhetoric on both sides, a mustachioed commander in a vinyl Dodgers windbreaker led a daring invasion of San Francisco; he'd lost his virginity in an 'unpleasant manner' during a Grateful Dead concert in San Francisco. A counter-attack by the San Franciscans destroyed the L.A. army, burning the San Fernando Valley, pushing the South to pursue an alliance with Mexico. As for the continuously evolving rivalry between Southern California and Northern California, Birk laughs it as 'one-sided.' 'People in LA think, 'Oh, San Francisco, nice bed-&-breakfasts, cool city, sourdough bread,' he said. 'But people in San Francisco have all these negative attitudes.'

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