BY ANNA UREÑA
Luka Fisher has been an unofficial patron of the arts for DRYLAND since its inception in 2015. I don’t know how she heard about us back then but I liked the work she sent us and published her short films and multimedia pieces. After that, we were showcasing photographers, filmmakers, performance artists, and poets like Gina Canavan, Kayla Tange, Matthew Kaundart, Chelsea Bayouth, Leila Jarma, and Mike Leisz—artists who were all tracing back to Luka Fisher. After a non-investigation into who she was (I don’t lurk, I’m oldschool like that), it was clear that this would one day require a meet up.
Just in time for Trump’s Presidential Inauguration, Reverend Steven Johnson Leyba of the Coyotel Church and Peter Kalisch drop their spoken word collaboration entitled FUCK YOUR FREEDOM. In our interview together, Leyba discusses the fascist state of America, The American Dream, the concept behind the video and how we as a collective may be able to finally incite a revolution among the people using the concept of #ARTWAR. Pay close fucking attention.
BY TRISTENE ROMAN
An Interview with Leila Jarman (LJ) and Mike Leisz (ML) from MadAsHell.
DRYLAND (DL): When did you first pick up a camera?
LJ: The first time I picked up a camera with the intention of making a film was in 2009 when I went to the Middle East to make my first documentary feature film (or any kind of film for that matter) “Voice of the Valley.” It’s about two women, citizen journalists who come from a very rural, tribal, and conservative Muslim community in Jordan. I shot it on a Sony Camcorder with only in camera sound and without crew.