Author Archives | Randy Astle

About Randy Astle

I'm an actor, critic, and screenwriter/director of films, transmedia, and children's media, mostly television (see my kids' media blog at http://redballoonblog.blogspot.com). I have two main projects going on right now: the feature film and transmedia property "Saints" and the book "Mormon Cinema" (a history and criticism). I'll be writing about those (and Mormon art and culture) but also anything else interesting about mainstream film and media. I know it's a little strange to self-identify as a Mormon filmmaker and not write just about Jell-O movies and polygamy, but my cultural Mormonism is an indelible part of my perspective, even when working on or discussing mainstream films. This blog will keep you updated on the progress of my book and movie as well as give you a glimpse into my position in the liminal space between parochial Mormonism and the New York City indie scene. Thanks!

Why I’m a Mormon and Support President Obama, Part 6/6: The Environment

November 1, 2012

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Post by Randy Astle – We’re now on the cusp of election day and unfortunately time won’t allow me to do as deep a dive into Mormonism and environmentalism as I’ve done on my other topics. Still, the protection of the environment is important enough an issue that I thought it merited its own entry. […]

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Why I’m a Mormon and Support President Obama, Part 5/6: Social Issues

October 31, 2012

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Post by Randy Astle – As their name indicates, this is the elephant in the room for social conservatives. There’s a very large voting bloc that goes well beyond Mormonism for whom social issues, particularly perhaps abortion and now gay marriage, often take precedence over anything else. Described as “conservative family values,” these are often […]

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Why I’m a Mormon and Support President Obama, Part 4/6: Economics

October 28, 2012

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Post by Randy Astle – We’re in the home stretch! November 6 will be a relief, I think, to everybody. But before things end I’d like to post three more times, which will hopefully be interesting to any LDS voters who somehow aren’t decided yet. (Share! Share! Share!) I was working on this post when […]

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Why I’m a Mormon and Support President Obama, Part 3/6: Foreign Policy

October 13, 2012

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Post by Randy Astle – In my last post I tried to examine the personal standards set forth in scripture—and through common sense and decency—for all government leaders. My assertion was that we could safely approximate a politician’s moral mettle by looking specifically at his integrity, his honesty, a position I believe is upheld by Doctrine & […]

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Why I’m a Mormon and Support President Obama, Part 2/6: Measuring the Man

September 17, 2012

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Post by Randy Astle – PART TWO: MEASURING THE MAN My thoughts in my first post were basically introductory to talking about specific issues; for my own sake as much as anything else I wanted to think through why there are conservatives and liberals within the Mormon camp and how there is room for both […]

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Why I’m a Mormon and Support President Obama, Part 1/6: The Long View

September 9, 2012

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Post by Randy Astle – PART ONE: THE LONG VIEW I casually started watching Mitt Romney’s career over a decade before I ever heard of anyone named Barack Obama. My oldest brother was his son Tagg’s roommate at BYU, then a trip to Boston to work on his ‘94 Senate campaign connected him with his […]

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