Looking for something to do during the end of the world as we know it? Start a podcast with your best friend or, better yet, listen to ours! Pour yourself some wine, roll a swisher, and sit back with Eating For Free‐dropping Tuesdays weekly on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.
Hosted by Bay Area transplants Joan Summers (@joaniesucks) and Matthew Lawson (@_matthewlawson), Eating For Free is a weekly podcast that discusses emerging social movements and the celebrity figures around them.
Each week we investigate the use of social justice in and around the pop culture sphere, whether it's strategic branding of "feminist" messages to sell merchandise or pandering to gay audiences for likes and comments, Eating For Free aims to ask our stars, have you really earned your meal?
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Joan Summers is a gay icon and local sensation born, raised, and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She once had a professor call her the "Elle Woods of film school" and she took a lot of pride in that rather backhanded compliment. Through filmmaking, she combines a deep love for (and enclyclopedic knowledge of) fashion and pop culture with women-centric narratives. She's drawn to the unapologetically trans, femme, queer, and eccentric. SISTERHOOD, her latest film, is an experimental documentary about a year in the life of her and all her friends recreated as a reality tv show and shot like a fashion film. Having graduated from SFSU's School of Cinema thesis program, she plans on continuing to write, direct, and star in projects that center women and those who've fallen through the cracks of traditional storytelling.
Matthew Lawson, born and raised in San Diego, started a side-blog in high school to vent youth angst through memes and social commentary. Moving to the Bay Area after graduation, he started to study political science through higher education, and his blog followed. Through studying 20th century philosophy, participating in the experimental college program at San Francisco State University (where the students teach themselves), and writing more and more about the state of our world on his blog and for professors, a change needed to happen. Through culminating the decade-plus experiences he's learned through social media, blogging - watching the world change before his eyes with LGBT rights, social justice, and political in-cohesion - Lawson discovered the power of his voice, and the ability to talk about the issues unlike others in his circle. He will continue to post on his blog, but is now focused on writing and podcasting through Eating For Free.
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