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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #287 - Web-series: " Mad Marx " will make you love the apocalypse (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 6 Nov 2018 08:09:18 +0200

A crazy series, communist parody of Mad Max, completely self-produced and with a superb soundtrack that will make you love black metal and hardcore punk ? Inevitably, Libertarian Alternative could not miss. We present you Mad Marx, new web series " post-apo and libertarian " ! Meeting with the director, Mathias and the interpreter of Marx the fool, Henry. ---- Libertarian alternative: ---- Season 1 is released on September 15, where we discover the two main characters in a world in ruins. What is this story ? ---- We follow Romane, a working class hero locked up for ten years in an experimental prison. When she leaves, she discovers that the world is nothing more than a dangerous field of ruins. In search of her sister, she meets an old eccentric, Marx the Fool, who wants to make her the glorious instigator of a whimsical revolution. Along the way, they will remake the world and meet characters all more absurd or crazy than the others.

How was born such a delusional project ?

Henry (Marx): Simply enough. We were all a band dreaming of a sweet mixture of cinema and freedom. Mathias had the crazy idea of a post-apo-anarcoco. We all rushed in, first having fun then more and more seriously, it gave Mad Marx.

Mathias: Mad Marx was a bit like doing something to us, with our own means. An opportunity to learn cinema freely, practicing. Initially, as a motor, a desire to create something collective that resembles us and amuses us. I think it could have taken any form, Mad Marx could have been a symphony, but as the cinema was something that spoke to us collectively, it was a web series.

What does it mean to shoot a series in self-production and self-management ?

Mathias: To keep our freedom we decided to produce Mad Marxourselves, without knowing anything about budgeting a movie. The equivalent of a Smic was raised, invested in a rudimentary material and, thanks to 200 volunteers, the film was able to see the light of day. It has been written in several hands and the posts have turned a lot, the cameramen have made costumes, the actors have also been make-up artists, etc. There was no role less important than another or assigned to a genre. Over time, people found affinities in a particular job, so there was not much reason to exchange roles, except learning or curiosity, always. It also had to remain effective to make quick decisions on the set. You imagine doing a GA and vote on the utility of redoing this or that plan in front of a set with 30 extras wading in the mud away from home? (laughter)

Why can we say that the series has a libertarian, feminist dimension ?

Mathias: The strength of Mad Marx is to spread an anticapitalist vision assumed in a pleasant format that we see everywhere today and which is unfortunately abandoned by the extreme left: the series. It is a sincere political and militant step on our part that allows us to participate in the revolutionary effort ! The bet was also to reconcile revolution and underground. The latter is increasingly emptied of its political substance and conquered by the right. The black metal of the BO for example, is currently gangrenous by the extreme right but sees born a scene RABM (Red and Anarchist Black Metal) that one put forward. We decided to unravel the roles, in the scenario as on the set. This is where the most feminist dimension ofMad Marx in my opinion. Apart from Marx, the king and queen defined by sex and age, any other Mad Marx character is asexual and is interpreted by the person who best plays the role.

Do you consider Mad Marx as a " militant " series ? And are you ?

Mathias: We are very bad students in a way of activism since we have not read Capital and we can not quote you Bakunin (laughs) . But making a film is a commitment in itself, and an extremely time-consuming daily investment. We think that Mad Marx is more militant than us. In any case that's what we want. It is a tribute to the struggles of the XX th century and underground cultures. Mad Marx is also firm in his political positions and ideals. We see it as a series made to warm the hearts of activists, and a pop object to reinvent, to pasticher. Our greatest pride would be to see replicas of Mad Marxon banners of demonstrations, or to see Peruvian black blocks put on Romanesque masks before breaking shop windows (laughs) .

Season 1 is on YouTube. How do you make it available and what do you plan for next ?

We will do a VOST abroad and try to find a freer broadcasting platform than YouTube in parallel. We also rely on squats and event organizers to broadcast Mad Marx as freely and widely as possible, do not hesitate to contact us ! For the rest, we will see the welcome and the returns we have and we will talk about it after a well deserved break !

Interviewed by Benjamin (AL Angers)

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